International Development Assistance

GHD’s International Development Assistance (IDA) group delivers project management and technical services for the world’s largest development organisations to improve the lives of people in developing countries. Since 1968 we have partnered local communities and agencies on over 800 international projects, in 70 countries, in support of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The evolving global agenda for aid reform is focused on improving development effectiveness. GHD’s merger with Hassall & Associates International in 2008 responds by increasing our capability across more sectors and strengthening our role as a leader in development impact.


The global recession and the emerging impact of climate change has donors, governments, private enterprise and individuals responding with new resolve to reducing poverty and improving the economic development and wellbeing of people in developing countries. This resolve is principally guided by the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, with concrete and time bound targets for collective action and significant increases in aid volume; with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action, calling for increased coordination, accountability and localisation of effort. Underpinning this is a commitment to supporting fragile states; and building international stability and security.

GHD’s team of dedicated development practitioners supports this effort from our offices in Australia, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, USA and Vietnam.

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GHD IDA has completed projects throughout the Asia Pacific for clients including the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the French Development Agency (AfD), the World Bank (WB), United Nations agencies and government and non-government agencies and private sector organisations. Our IDA business extends to projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa.

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Our sectors

  • Agriculture and natural resources management
  • Climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Education and skills development
  • Environment and water resource management
  • Governance and public sector reform
  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Urban development
  • Rural development
  • Water and sanitation

What we do

  • Project identification, feasibility and preparation
  • Project and program management
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Procurement, tender and grants management
  • Engineering and architectural design and documentation
  • Construction management
  • Policy, financial and economic analysis and advice
  • Institutional assessment and strengthening
  • Capacity development and change management
  • Training and skills development
  • Social and environmental safeguards
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Throughout our work, we maintain a focus on the cross-cutting issues of gender, disability and social inclusion, poverty, security and fragility, and aid effectiveness.


GHD’s Development Impact Group is a specialist unit within our IDA business that focuses on practice management: connecting our clients and development partners to knowledge on current industry issues and best practice. This knowledge is drawn from staff experience (our sector and program management specialists), lessons on current and past projects, communities of practice and ongoing research. The Development Impact Group also acts as a repository of special knowledge for monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, systems thinking and aid effectiveness, making sure that GHD’s programs are operating to the highest standards and aligning to partner (country specific) systems and procedures.


Our regional and global network employs close to 100 development practitioners, who draw from a variety of cultures and disciplines for our development practice. GHD’s IDA offices carry a complement of local and expatriate people who support our clients, partners and field teams through their sector experience, project know-how and sensitivity to the specific needs of the countries in which they work.

Implementation of governance support program in Quang Ngai


The Implementation Support Program (ISP) is aimed to enhance the quality of the Vietnamese Government’s Program for Communes Facing Extreme Hardship in Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Areas (Program 135-Phase 2) in Quang Ngai Province. 

The objective is to reduce poverty and foster, secure and sustainable livelihoods for those living in the province’s 43 poorest and most marginal communes. These communes are also home to the large majority of Quang Ngai province’s ethnic minority population. The program is also designed to help distil and disseminate lessons from Quang Ngai which may assist the Government of Vietnam and its program partners in the delivery of P-135- II nationally.

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Ridding Pacific Island Countries of Persistent Organic Pollutants


GHD was engaged by AusAID to manage the second phase of the project to collect and destroy all Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other intractable chemicals across 13 Pacific Island Countries. GHD has identified, repackaged and transported 140,000kg of waste chemicals to Queensland, Australia for safe destruction using specialised non-incineration processes.

“POPs are man-made chemicals that are toxic, persistent (that is, don’t break down quickly in the environment), accumulate up the food chain, and pose a significant health risk to humans and the environment,” explains Project Director Dr Alison Baker.

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项目名称: TA No./ 37646 -中国洪水管理战略研究

客户名称:    亚洲开发银行

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项目名称:TA 7261干旱管理战略研究


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项目名称:TA 7127 流域水资源分配与管理政策研究


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