Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  General

Australian Aid Saving Millions of Lives: Report


12 April 2011 at 1:29 pm
Staff Reporter
A new report released by aid organisation World Vision claims that Australian aid dollars have contributed to significant declines in child deaths, gains in school enrolments and the provision of clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people.


Staff Reporter | 12 April 2011 at 1:29 pm


0 Comments


 Print
Australian Aid Saving Millions of Lives: Report
12 April 2011 at 1:29 pm

A new report released by aid organisation World Vision claims that Australian aid dollars have contributed to significant declines in child deaths, gains in school enrolments and the provision of clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people.

And World Vision CEO Tim Costello has used the report to put pressure on government ahead of next month’s Federal Budget to honour its commitment to boost Australia's level of overseas aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars by 2015 – something the report says could save an extra 500,000 lives each year.

The report Effective Aid: Helping Millions calculates the impact of aid over the past 20 years and shows that significant progress has been made in combating poverty in the 10 countries that receive the most aid from Australia – with the exception of conflict-torn Afghanistan.

World Vision CEO Tim Costello says the report should give Australians confidence that their aid dollars are going to good use.

Costello says the report shows that despite rich nations only spending one third of one percent of their income on aid each year, even this small investment is having a big impact.

Costello says the amount spent on soft drink each year is greater than the amount spent on aid for poor countries.

Costello says that according to the report, since 1990 global aid efforts have helped prevent 45 million child death and an additional 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved water sources.

He says an extra 40 million children have received a basic education since 2000, and the number of women dying from pregnancy related causes has dropped, and aid related deaths are declining.

Costello says although some people have recently questioned the effectiveness of aid, World Vision program results listed in the report suggest aid is helping to combat poverty.

Costello used the release of the report to put pressure on the government ahead of next month’s Federal Budget. He says Australians understand the importance of aid and are among the world's most generous private donors to overseas causes, yet the generosity of the Australian government aid ranks just 15th out of the 23 industrialised economies.

He says there is bipartisan commitment to boost Australia's level of overseas aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars by 2015 – a commitment Costello says he hopes to see crystallised in next month's budget if it is to be fulfilled.

The World Vision report shows an increase in the aid budget and a greater focus on essential services could save an extra 500,000 lives annually.



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Advertisement

Subscribe HR

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

A tale of two polls: So what is the real difference?

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 12th November 2020 at 8:37 am

Meet Pro Bono News’ first editorial advisory board

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 16th April 2020 at 8:02 am

Unpaid Carers Facing Significant Economic Disadvantage

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 21st August 2018 at 3:45 pm

NFPs Driving WA Economy, Report Says

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 15th February 2017 at 4:20 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×