In response to the Government’s request for DFAT’s design of a new international development policy for Australia, ACFID contributed to the process with two submissions.
The first contained recommendations to guide DFAT’s approach to putting development back at the heart of foreign policy via a 10-year framework for intentional design. The submission comprises three parts:
1. Objectives of Australia’s development policy – articulating what we propose Australia’s development program should set out to achieve over 10 years
2. Priority policy and investment areas – shifting the focus of key sectors, cross-cutting issues, and the geographic footprint of Australia’s development assistance going forward
3. Performance, delivery, and systems – outlining how we hope to work better together to operationalise an effective, locally led and evidence-based development program.
The second was drafted by the Humanitarian Reference Group and outlines how Australia can restore and maintain a principled approach to humanitarian assistance that meets global needs and addresses root causes of crises.
We would like to thank all those from the membership that contributed to these submissions.
ACFID also supported the submission of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), which outlines Pacific civil society priorities for the Australian Development program and for Australia’s role in the implementation of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.