Australian Aid Research Paper

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Discuss the importance of the Australian Government’s Foreign Aid Program Aid is the transfer of money, goods and skills from a developed country to a developing country. The Australian Government's Aid program supports a variety of initiatives depending on the needs of the country. These include supporting agricultural productivity, sustainable fisheries water resource management, responding promptly and effectively to humanitarian disasters, supporting changes to education systems and policies, strengthening health systems, building of institutions and governments, improving gender equality and empowering women and girls. According to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT’s) “Australian Aid Development policy” the aid program…show more content…
The Australian Government currently spends $5.032 billion on foreign aid, that is 0.32 per cent of our gross national income, or 32 cents in every $100. The aim of the Australian Aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction to developing countries. Australian Aid provides Aid to key developing countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa. Their main focus is on two development outcomes: supporting private sector development and strengthening human development. The aid program is tied to help countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Through Australia’s aid program, DFAT will contribute to sustainable economic growth to reduce poverty and lift living standards, and ensure stability in our region. In 2014–15 at least 90 per cent of country program aid will be directed to Australia’s immediate neighbourhood, the Indo-Pacific region, particularly South East Asia and the Pacific. This will result in direct benefit to Australia, Australians and citizens of our neighbouring…show more content…
The country may end up owing a donor country or organisation a favour. Australian politicians were hesitant to put public pressure on the Indonesian Government regarding the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. However, last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatened Indonesia by saying “Let’s not forget that a few years ago when Indonesia was struck by the Indian Ocean tsunami, Australia sent $1 billion worth of assistance, we sent a contingent of our armed forces to help in Indonesia with humanitarian relief,” Mr Abbott said. “Australians lost their lives in that campaign to help

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