Cost effectiveness and effective altruism

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

I request the following information:
- The titles and delivery dates of all final reports delivered to or produced by DFAT, since 1 January 2017, on the cost effectiveness of aid programs or interventions
- The titles and delivery dates of all final reports delivered to or produced by DFAT, since 1 January 2010, including the term 'effective altruism' (not case sensitive).

To be clear, I am not requesting the title page, I am instead am instead requesting the title/names of reports. This should be no more than a few words for each relevant document.

Please exclude duplicates from this FOI request.

Given the significant public interest in aid transparency, I request that the usually applicable FOI fees be waived in this instance.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Smith,

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request LEX5748

Thank you for your email dated 20 June 2022 seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

- The titles and delivery dates of all final reports delivered to or produced by DFAT, since 1 January 2017, on the cost effectiveness of aid programs or interventions
- The titles and delivery dates of all final reports delivered to or produced by DFAT, since 1 January 2010, including the term 'effective altruism' (not case sensitive).

This email sets out some information about how your request will be processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Scope of request
If it emerges that the scope of your request is unclear or is too large for processing, the Department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the request.

Timeframe for receiving our decision
We received your request on 20 June 2022 and the 30-day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. Our decision is therefore due on 20 July 2022.

The period of 30 days may also be extended in other circumstances. We will advise you if any extension of time is required.

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Timing of release
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Exclusion of officials' names and contact details
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Yours sincerely

DFAT FOI Team
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FOI and Privacy Law Section
Corporate Law Branch
Legal Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
www.dfat.gov.au

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