“The aid program is not charity; it represents an investment in the future of the Indo-Pacific region. An effective aid program will contribute to greater prosperity, reduced poverty and promotes regional stability.” – the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs
There are still nearly 900 million people in the world who live in ‘extreme poverty’ – that means trying to survive on less than US$ 1.90 per day. Almost 16,000 children die every day from preventable causes.
In a world that has enough resources and know-how, RESULTS thinks this is unacceptable.
Aid from wealthy nations, spent effectively, assists people in developing countries to access basic services such as health care, education and financial services.
Aid gives people an opportunity to create a brighter future for themselves. Aid is not a hand-out, it is a hand-up.
Australia spends 0.25% of Gross National Income (GNI) on aid. That’s only 25 cents in every 100 dollars.
This can be compared with Sweden, which spends over 1% of GNI, and the United Kingdom, which allocates 0.7% of GNI to aid.
As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, RESULTS believe Australia should do better.
Apart from the moral obligation wealthy countries have to help tackle poverty, it is in everyone’s interest to build a more prosperous and secure world.
Aid can help do this. In fact, over the past couple of decades, aid has helped to significantly reduce the number of people who live in extreme poverty and almost halved the number of children who die before their fifth birthday.
Since 1986, RESULTS Australia has campaigned with partner organisations on the Australian aid program, with the goals of:
- Having the Australian Government make and adhere to commitments to increase the aid program to meet the needs of the poorest people and consistent with international objectives that Australia has endorsed, such as the Millennium Development Goals.
- Ensuring that funding for programs likely to have the greatest impact on poverty, including in health, education and access to financial services, is sufficient and well-targeted.
We are currently advocating to:
- Reverse the reduction in aid and gain cross-party support for a return to sustained growth in aid as proportion of GNI to reach 0.7% by 2030.
- Ensure that investments in education, health and microfinance increase, even with the increased emphasis on funding for infrastructure, rural development and trade in the latest aid policy.
Photo credit: The Global Fund
Note that RESULTS does not receive any funding from the Australian Government to undertake its community education and advocacy. This enables independence and the ability to be fearless and forthright in our advocacy. RESULTS funds come from external grants and donations from members and supporters.