Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens spokesperson on Aid and International Development) speaking at RESULTS National Conference May 2016

Today, June 14 2016,  the Australian Greens have pledged to increase aid to 0.7% of GNI over the coming decade. According to the Greens’ announcement this policy has been fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

We welcome this news because:

  • It is a positive response to one of the asks made in our Election 2016 Call to Action and requests made by our grassroots advocates for several years to rebuild Australian aid;
  • To meet the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, ensure universal education and gender equity, and improve child and maternal health, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  agreed that developed nations should devote 0.7 % of GNI to overseas aid;
  • Moving to 0.7% would strengthen Australia’s influence in our region and international presence. Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have all achieved this target.
  • A commitment of 0.7% GNI allows for Australia to continue and strengthen its investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to effectively address regional health challenges and Australia’s own health security.

RESULTS International (Australia) also acknowledges Labor’s commitment to reverse the recent $224 million cut to the aid budget and calls on the Government to also announce an increase to aid funding before the end of the Federal Election campaign.

What do we do now?

Now is a great time to have your voice heard and share your own support for the vital role Australian aid plays in ensuring kids get to go to school, be protected against diseases, and have enough to eat. We can help show that there is support for rebuilding Australian aid amongst the community, and that all parties should commit to rebuilding our aid budget.

How do we do that?

Find your MP on the campaign trail, talk about this decision (our Toolkit will help!) and ask them to take our Pledge

Here are some places you can find your candidates this week:

Thank you for your continuing action to build the political will to end extreme poverty and ensuring all people across our region can live healthy lives.