The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations

Mark Moran, Douglas Porter, Jodie Curth-Bibb

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    Governments' choice of funding modality can produce powerful incentives for organisations to perform in preferred ways, but it can also divert limited resources, narrow accountability, and undermine capability. Through literature review and interviews, the research explored the international literature on public finance management in developing country contexts, and compared this to case studies of Indigenous organisations. The situation in Australia was found to differ in three ways: (1) performance indicators are imposed, rather than negotiated; (2) few existing public funding modalities reward performance or provide incentives; and (3) funding arrangements do not generally require receiving organisations to be accountable to their constituents. Stability and durability of funding modalities, and clarity in functions and jurisdictional boundaries, were also found to positively influence performance. Further research is required to design new performance frameworks that build around the organisation, rather than the grant, with indicators of governance capability and downward accountability to constituents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-372
    JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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