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Annmaree O’Keeffe

Annmaree O’Keeffe AM is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. She is also a Research Associate with the ANU's Development Policy Centre.

Previously with Australia's former foreign aid agency, AusAID, from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Annmaree is chair of Australia's national commission for UNESCO, a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS and the Chair of the Foundation for Development Cooperation. She is also a member of the advisory panel of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Regional Rights Resource Team based in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. She has an MA in Asian Studies from Griffith University and an undergraduate degree from University of Queensland in journalism and economics.

Articles by Annmaree O’Keeffe (24)

  • Whether growing or shrinking, aid program needs a plan

    A former director general* of Australia's agency for international development used to liken the aid program to the mighty ocean liner, the Queen Mary. Once it is heading in one direction, it takes a lot of energy, money and time to turn it around. The aid program, like the Queen Mary, doesn't have a tight turning curve. And that's not due to a lack of skill on the part of the captain or the director-general; it's simply the nature of mighty ships and big aid programs.
  • What the PNG asylum seeker deal really means for Australia's aid program

    In the current climate of electoral desperation in Australia, it is difficult to get a true picture of the reality of Australia's aid program in PNG because it's so misunderstood even when the spotlight isn't shining on it. Very few people actually understand that there is a genuine effort on the part of Australian aid officials to respond to PNG's development priorities, priorities that are agreed to by both governments.
  • HIV: 30 years old and still drawing a global crowd

    Thirty years after HIV first started to make global headlines, it's still doing it, but this time for what is deceptively good news.  At this week's International AIDS Conference in Kuala Lumpur, there was the remarkable announcement that two previously HIV-positive men no longer had any trace of the virus after receiving stem cell transplants to treat their respective cancers (the announcement comes at 14:04 in the video below).
  • For Australia Network, it's never safe

    You've got to feel sorry for Australia's public international television service, Australia Network. Launched by the Keating Government in 1994 under the name Australia Television, its short life has been blighted with funding cuts, death threats, name changes and a failed out-sourcing effort. Its most recent adventure was the messy tender tempest to determine who should be awarded the new contract to manage the network.
  • IWD 2013: Time for action to end violence against women

    Today is International Women's Day. Now more than a century old, IWD this year is highlighting an ancient and enduring crime: violence against women. Much has been written about the perniciousness of violence against women and the fundamental abuse of women's human rights. This year's 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, now meeting in New York, is dedicating its two-week session to the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.