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  • Australian Christian leaders oppose aid budget cut

    Anglican Communion News Service | 26 Apr, 2016

    The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has joined the leaders of Australia’s 12 Christian denominations in a letter published in The Australian newspaper to government Treasurer Scott Morrison, in which they call on the federal government not to proceed with the scheduled $224 million Australian Dollars (approximately £119 million GBP) cut to the country’s aid budget.

  • Outsourcing the Australian aid program

    Devex | 26 Apr, 2016

    Budget cuts, organizational and leadership changes, and an overall lack of predictability have taken a well-documented toll on the Australian aid program over the years.

  • 13 Australian Heroes you haven’t heard of: Sam Mostyn

    Mamamia | 15 Apr, 2016

    This week meet Sam Mostyn, President of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).

  • Scott Morrison's Cronulla office targeted in protest over foreign aid cuts

    The Leader | 14 Apr, 2016

    Protesters with large imitation clocks conveyed a timely message outside Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Cronulla mall electorate office today.They called on the federal government to “stop the clock” on further cuts to foreign aid.

  • Aid transparency: how to track Australian aid to activity level

    Development Policy Centre Blog | 14 Apr, 2016

    The Development Policy Centre has noted at various times an overall reduction in the level of information available on Australian aid since the integration of the former Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in late 2013.

  • OECD spending on refugees doubled to $12bn in 2015

    AFP | 14 Apr, 2016

    OECD countries more than doubled spending on the migrant crisis last year to $12 billion (10.6 billion euros), the organisation said Wednesday as anti-poverty campaigners feared a drain on development aid.

  • ACNC Election Guide Warning on NFP Advocacy and Campaigning

    Pro Bono | 14 Apr, 2016

    Australia’s charity regulator has warned charities not to “step over the line” when it comes to advocating and campaigning in the coming federal election. The warning comes as the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) released a new guide for charities to follow when advocating during the 2016 election campaign.

  • Aid sector reform must not be clouded by self-interest - experts

    Thomson Reuters Foundation | 12 Apr, 2016

    The "self-interested" international aid system must give local charities a greater role in shaping responses to humanitarian disasters or it will fail to help those most in need, aid experts warned on Tuesday. The remarks by a London-based think tank, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), were aimed at United Nations agencies, governments and private-sector companies preparing to debate changes to the aid system at the World Humanitarian Summit in May.

  • Oxfam slams World Bank over funding tax dodgers

    ABC News | 12 Apr, 2016

    Global charity Oxfam has criticised the World Bank's private lending arm for financing multinationals who then channel funds through tax havens. A report by Oxfam found 51 of 68 companies funded by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation in 2015 to undertake projects in sub-Saharan Africa used the tax haven of Mauritius to hide wealth and to dodge tax.

  • Aid agencies fear damage to reputation as "Red Cross" appears in Panama Papers

    Reuters | 11 Apr, 2016

    Some of the world's biggest aid agencies voiced concern on Monday that they may be further exposed to risk from the murky world of offshore finance after the latest release of the Panama Papers showed the name of the Red Cross was falsely used.