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  • When will Malcolm Turnbull call an election?

    Matthew Doran, ABC | 09 Mar, 2016

    There's the old saying that a prime minister will go to an election when they think they can win.
    But there are a few complicating factors in play as Malcolm Turnbull ponders on which Saturday he should schedule a poll.

  • Australia’s Charity Regulator Saved

    ProBono Australia | 04 Mar, 2016

    The Federal Government has decided to keep the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, after almost two years of speculation.

    Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the decision followed extensive consultation with the sector on the alternative option of repealing and replacing the ACNC. 

  • Staggering losses and survival stories emerge as Fiji rebuilds after Cyclone Winston

    Phil Williams, ABC | 04 Mar, 2016

    The cyclone that battered Fiji showed no mercy. Schools, churches and homes were wiped out. More than 40 people were killed.

    Some isolated communities are all but obliterated and many villagers have been left with just the clothes on their backs.

    The ABC's chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams was there a fortnight ago and saw the immediate devastation. Now he's returned to talk to the survivors who are picking up the pieces and trying to rebuild their lives. 

  • | 04 Mar, 2016

    Global development is more collaborative and it is clear in this new era ushered in by the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals that the private sector will play a key part in the implementation of this new agenda.

  • Three aid workers kidnapped in east Congo

    Reuters | 03 Mar, 2016

    Three employees of international charity Save the Children were kidnapped on Wednesday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the organization said on Thursday, as insecurity in the region continues to hamper humanitarian efforts.

  • Ending violence against women is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Julie McKay, ACFID Blog | 01 Mar, 2016

    Last September, world leaders agreed on a roadmap to a sustainable future - a future where everyone would have equal access to opportunity no matter where they lived, no matter their age, disability, race, sexual orientation or their gender.

    The success of each individual goal is actually wrapped up in the success of one - Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

  • Resisting the formulaic: measuring the impact of aid on entrepreneurship and development

    Meg Keen and Julien Barbara, DevPolicy Blog | 25 Feb, 2016

    Pacific island countries are rapidly urbanising. In nearly every country in the South Pacific, the urban growth rate exceeds the national population growth rate (Figure 1). As a result, the urban population will double within the next 25 years. In Melanesian countries, urban growth is particularly high. Most striking is Solomon Islands; its urban population is increasing at about 4.4 per cent, almost twice the rate of national population growth — at this rate urban inhabitants will double in less than 17 years. Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces similar pressures; its urban population is expected to double by 2030, reaching about 2 million [p. 84; pdf]. Without adequate urban policies, planning and services, rapid urban expansion can hinder economic growth.

  • Death toll rises in devastated Fiji

    Peter Trute, AAP | 24 Feb, 2016

    The death toll in Fiji from Cyclone Winston stands at 42 with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama warning his devastated nation it faces a long and difficult recovery.

    "Almost no part of our nation has been left unscarred," Mr Bainimarama said in a national address on Wednesday.

    He said Winston, believed to be the most powerful storm ever to hit Fiji, had left "a terrible trail of destruction in its wake" and created a need that is great and urgent.

  • Aid used to fight terrorism is money well spent

    Anthony Bergin, Australian Financial Review | 24 Feb, 2016

    The gap between those Australian agencies charged with looking after international terrorism threats, and those responsible for our overseas development assistance, just got smaller.

    Last week in Paris the OECD's Development Assistance Committee changed the definition of foreign aid to include some military spending and spending on countering violent extremism.

  • Australian democracy faces 'corrosive' decline – human rights centre report

    Paul Farrell, The Guardian | 22 Feb, 2016

    Australia is facing a “corrosive” decline in democracy as sweeping laws seek to stifle press freedom, curb community advocacy and sideline courts, according to a new report from the Human Rights Law Centre.

    The report looks at the state of democracy in Australia at a time when parts of civil society are being impeded by broad state and federal laws.