The Lowy Institute's Jenny Hayward-Jones has said Australia should focus on the Asia-Pacific region if it is to deliver aid more effectively.
Ms Hayward-Jones was responding to the 180-page Australian National Audit Office report that reflected adversely on AusAID’s management of Australia’s aid program.
She said Australian aid to Africa and Latin America is a poor use of taxpayers' money as the Rudd government attempts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council.
She said Australia should focus aid on places like PNG "where we have a real interest, where we have long relationships and expertise".
The report also criticised AusAID's high staff turnover which Ms Hayward-Jones said “will only be solved by building real interest in the Pacific or Asia and by encouraging people to build their career in the Pacific or Asia".
Spokesman for the Aidwatch organisation, Gary Lee, said the important aid issue was quality not quantity.
"AusAID say they are increasing their aid commitment but who is that money reaching?" he asked.
"What is the actual impact of that money on the ground and who is having a say over how the aid money is being distributed?"