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Australia steps down aid in Asia, as it steps up in the Pacific

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 18th February 2020 -  Aid groups say funding cuts in Southeast Asia do not make sense from both a humanitarian and security standpoint

Australia urged to use aid reset to focus on the world’s most vulnerable

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 11th December 2019 -  Almost 60 per cent of Australians want the nation’s aid budget to primarily serve those most in need, rather than focusing on Australia’s own interests

Morrison government flags foreign policy refresh

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th November 2019 -  The minister for international development says the government is re-examining the current policy set by Julie Bishop in 2013

NGOs urge Australia to call out human rights violations

Luke Michael, Monday, 28th October 2019 -  Global reports say just 4 per cent of the world’s population live in countries that respect free expression and peaceful assembly 

‘It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul’: NGOs dismayed by aid budget raid

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th August 2019 -  Australian humanitarian groups are frustrated by the Morrison government’s plan to redirect $500 million from the nation’s shrinking aid budget towards a climate change funding package for the Pacific region.

Australia joins international effort to curb ‘deplorable abuses’ in the aid sector

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th July 2019 -  Almost 30 countries including Australia have agreed to hold themselves accountable for tackling sexual abuse in the aid sector with the signing of new international standards.

Could blockchain technology revolutionise the way NGOs deliver aid?

Luke Michael, Monday, 8th July 2019 -  Blockchain has been labelled the future of aid delivery after the technology was successfully used to provide cheaper, quicker and more transparent cash assistance to Vanuatu. 

NGOs urge Australia to step up on foreign aid spending

Luke Michael, Monday, 13th May 2019 -  Labor has promised to restore the nation’s foreign aid budget if it wins the upcoming election, but aid groups say the opposition’s pledged increases still fall short of what is needed for Australia to do its fair share internationally.
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