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Australia's aid program - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and performance framework Making Performance Count: enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of Australian aid outline key aspects of our aid program.

Australia's aid program - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Documents Australia's development policy and performance framework are available in PDF and Word formats. The need for change The world has changed—and our aid program is changing too. Today, many developing countries are growing rapidly, with aid representing an increasingly small proportion of development finance. Where we work. The Office of Development Effectiveness - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade builds stronger evidence for more effective aid.

The Office of Development Effectiveness - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

ODE monitors the performance of the Australian aid program, evaluates its impact and contributes to international evidence and debate about aid and development effectiveness. 2014 Quality Review of Aid Program Performance Reports Each year Australia’s country and regional aid programs report progress against their objectives in Aid Program Performance Reports (APPRs). As part of ODE’s role to independently oversee DFAT aid performance reporting, we conduct annual quality reviews of APPRs. These reviews examine the quality of APPRs and highlight strengths and opportunities for improvement. Read the 2014 Quality Review A desk based review of donor experiences in Sector-wide approaches in the health sector Read the review Evaluation of the Australia-Vietnam country strategy 2010–15 Read the evaluation report. Busting myths about Australian aid.

Australia's aid effort. Despite being one of the wealthiest nations, successive cuts to Australian aid mean our nation is on track to its lowest ever level of aid spending.

Australia's aid effort

Some facts about Australia’s aid program: Australia currently spends $5.03 billion dollars on foreign aid – that’s 0.32 per cent of our gross national income, or 32 cents in every $100But, recent plans have been set out to drastically lower our aid spending. New cuts planned for the May Federal Budget will lower Australian aid to around 22 cents in every $100 of our national income by 2016. This will be the lowest ever level of Australian aid in its 60-year history.The Australian Government and Opposition have both pledged to increase overseas development assistance to 50 cents in every $100 before the last Federal Election.

One of our nation’s greatest accomplishments In the last generation, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world: Together, through Australian Aid, we’ve all played a part in this story. Act now. World Vision Australia - Campaign for change. Boys sit on a wall by a road in India.

World Vision Australia - Campaign for change

Globally, overseas aid has contributed to preventing 45 million child deaths since 1990. Wealthy nations like Australia give overseas aid to developing countries to help them overcome extreme poverty. The Australian Government provides aid assistance to 75 countries. The most money goes to our nearest neighbours – Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Pacific Islands – but also to South Asia, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. This assistance is provided in a number of ways: Direct to developing country governments.Through international organisations such as the World Bank or World Health Organisation.Through Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) like World Vision.

In 2013-14, the Australian Government will give $5.042 billion in aid. Why Australia should fund foreign aid. Opinion Updated Foreign aid is the logical outcome of our prosperous and democratic culture.

Why Australia should fund foreign aid

The Coalition's decision to cut foreign aid is one that quietly brings into question the humanism that underpins that culture, writes Joe McKenzie. In 2010 David Cameron, the conservative British prime minister, embarked on a policy of savage austerity that fundamentally altered the size and scope of the UK's government and continues to be a defining reason why Britain remains in recession today. The cuts that Cameron made utterly dwarf anything that Joe Hockey could imagine, let alone politically enact, yet he refused to cut the budget of two departments, the National Health Service and foreign aid. He has suffered a political price for it too. Meanwhile, in Australia, the LNP has announced that it will cut $4.5 billion from the foreign aid budget and will instead invest in roads.

The saddest thing is that the LNP did not lose a single vote for this. Why is Australian foreign aid so important? For politicians subject to democratic accountability in today’s media-soaked world, two issues are particularly difficult to deal with.

Why is Australian foreign aid so important?

One is the future and the other is global development. More often than not they are put into the “too hard” basket and short-termism and parochialism are allowed to prevail. The question of international aid is a good case study. It doesn’t necessarily win votes but it is very important to our future as a nation. We are called by our consciences to assist developing countries but it is also in our national interest as a trading nation to do so. What is ‘good aid’? Aid explained What is ‘good aid’?

What is ‘good aid’?

The answer to that question starts with an understanding what aid – of any sort – is. At the simplest level, wealthy nations like Australia (‘donor nations’) give money to help developing countries lift their people out of poverty. The money comes from our taxes – but perhaps not as much as you might think. Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.