Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Politics, Research

Report Offers Positive Roadmap for Australian Aid


Tuesday, 1st April 2014 at 9:40 am
Staff Reporter, Journalist
A Senate report on Australia’s international development program represents a return to a level of bipartisanship on aid funding, according to the peak council for Australian Not for Profit aid and development organisations.

Tuesday, 1st April 2014
at 9:40 am
Staff Reporter, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Report Offers Positive Roadmap for Australian Aid
Tuesday, 1st April 2014 at 9:40 am

A Senate report on Australia’s international development program represents a return to a level of bipartisanship on aid funding, according to the peak council for Australian Not for Profit aid and development organisations.

Marc Purcell, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), says he welcomes the cross-party support for a strong overseas aid program that is represented in the report.

“Cuts and setbacks over the past two years have meant that programs to help the poorest people have been disrupted,” he said.

“The report represents a welcome return to a level of bipartisanship on aid funding, in particular through the Government and Opposition support for a recommendation on a time-bound commitment to spending 50 cents in every $100 of national income on aid.

“At the moment Australia spends just over 30 cents in every $100 of national income on combating global poverty.

“As one of the 20 richest nations in the world, we can do better. Australia should aim to reach the 50 cent target by 2020.     

“Economic growth can lift people out of poverty. However, the litmus test for Australia’s $5 billion aid program must be that new policy directions target and benefit the poorest people.

“The challenge is to successfully bring the benefits of economic growth to the 1 billion people who have been excluded thus far. Taxpayers rightfully expect that our aid program benefits the poorest.

“Also welcome is the recommendation for the Government to release an overarching policy framework for the aid program.

“The report makes a further important recommendation that 10 per cent of the aid budget go to emergency and humanitarian response.

“Australia is situated in one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. In 2011 alone, the UN estimates that the impact of disasters cost the Asia and Pacific region a staggering $294 billion in economic losses. On top of this, conflict is causing high refugee flows in a range of areas and the need far outweighs the funds available in crises like that facing the people of Syria.

“This report sets a positive roadmap for Australia’s aid program,” Purcell said. “We hope to work with members across the parliament in its implementation.”

To view the full report, click here.


Staff Reporter  |  Journalist |  @ProBonoNews


Guide to Giving

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

...


More Suppliers


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Mental Health Groups Call for Same-Sex Marriage to Prevent Suicide

Luke Michael

Thursday, 21st September 2017 at 4:24 pm

Public Interest / Private Interest – A Fundamental Distinction

David Crosbie

Thursday, 14th September 2017 at 8:46 am

Boosting Philanthropy For A Stronger Australia

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:16 pm

POPULAR

Moves to Stop Volunteering at Overseas Orphanages

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 8:29 am

Majority of NFPs Are Not Believed to be Well-Run, According to New Survey

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th September 2017 at 4:14 pm

More Australians Are Giving Time Not Money

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:07 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

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


Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!