April 3, 2019
“The Government has made it clear that foreign aid remains a low priority with the Budget handed down tonight,” said RESULTS Australia CEO, Amelia Christie.
“While we’re glad the Pacific is seeing a renewed focus, we’re going to see some programs cut and a reduction to aid to Asia and that’s not good news for poverty alleviation programs in our region.
“The Budget is now in surplus, and a bigger than expected surplus than expected, so we’re disappointed that aid isn’t reaping the benefits of Australia’s more positive economic outlook.
“Aid as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) is set to decline over the forward estimates from 0.23 per cent this year and dropping year-on-year until it reaches an abysmal 0.19 per cent in 2021/22. For comparison, the UK puts 0.7 per cent of their GNI into foreign aid.
“We’ve been told year-on-year that the aid budget had to wait until we were in surplus to see any real growth. We’re there now, so what’s the hold up?” asked Ms Christie.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that indexation of the aid budget will resume in 2022. That’s a long wait to see any increases to the aid budget that goes to alleviating poverty in our region.
For further information:
CEO RESULTS Australia
Phone: 0490 391 278
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Results International Australia is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation that has been working in Australia for 30 years through a combination of staff-led and grassroots-driven advocacy. Working with federal parliamentarians and through the media, its advocacy aims to generate public and political will to end poverty, particularly focusing on global health issues such as tuberculosis (TB), HIV, malaria, polio, child health and nutrition, as well as education and microfinance. RESULTS works with international RESULTS counterparts and is a partner of ACTION, a global health advocacy partnership.