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  • Coal doesn’t help the poor; it makes them poorer

    Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian | 31 Oct, 2016

    A dozen international poverty and development organizations published a report last week on the impact of building new coal power plants in countries where a large percentage of the population lacks access to electricity. The report’s conclusions are strikingly counter-intuitive: on the whole, building coal power plants does little to help the poor, and often it can actually make them poorer.

  • Company directors to face penalties for ignoring climate change

    Jessica Irvine, The Guardian | 31 Oct, 2016

    Australia's fall from grace as a global leader in the fight against dangerous climate change was rapid and inglorious. But any Australian business leaders who think they got away with sticking their heads in the sand should think again.

  • Transferring HIV treatment to the PNG government: a good idea?

    Stephen Howes, DevPol Blog | 31 Oct, 2016

    Despite its size, Australian aid is rarely front page news in PNG. But it was earlier in the month when the Post-Courier ran a story that aid funding was to be cut to a number of NGOs providing HIV treatment and other health services. The story was based on a briefing note prepared by the affected NGOs outlining the impact of the foreshadowed cuts on their services. The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby responded (in the same article) that funding for HIV treatment would run to the middle of next year (no mention of whether there would be any respite for the providers of non-HIV reproductive health services).

  • Australia must understand strategic importance of Pacific aid: minister

    ABC News 24 - The World | 28 Oct, 2016

    The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, says it is critical that the Australian people understand the strategic importance of foreign aid to our Pacific neighbours.

  • New Australian opp'n Pacific spokeswoman wants closer relations with region

    ABC - Radio Australia - Pacific Beat | 28 Oct, 2016

    The Australian opposition's new shadow minister for the Pacific and International Development wants to see more work on development assistance in the region. Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore says there's a broad area of bipartisan agreement among the two main political parties when it comes to the Pacific.

  • Not for Profits Must Partner With Diaspora Communities

    Savannah Holliday, ProBono | 27 Oct, 2016

    Not for Profits, governments and the private sector must partner and work with diaspora communities to develop effective programs, policies, secure trade and peace building initiatives, a conference on diasporas was told. The importance of diaspora and Not for Profit engagement was explored at the Diasporas in Action: Working Together for Peace Development and Humanitarian Response conference, held by the Diaspora Learning Network on Monday.

  • Fears for those with HIV/Aids in PNG

    Kerri Worthington, ABC Pacific Beat | 27 Oct, 2016

    There are fears the Australian government's decision to stop funding HIV/AIDS programs in Papua New Guinea will leave thousands of people without affordable access to vital medication that keeps the virus in check.

  • Sir Ron Wilson Award

    news.com.au | 27 Oct, 2016

    She might be the public official the Government most wants to be rid of, but today Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is celebrating a significant win.

    Professor Triggs has been given the Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award — named after a former president of the HRC — from the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).
     

  • Build local capacities for resilience in humanitarian response: PIANGO

    PAC News | 27 Oct, 2016

     Resilience and its connection to building the capacities of local NGOs in humanitarian crises was the focus of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisation executive director, Emele Duituturaga’s presentation to the Australian Council for International Development annual conference.
     

  • Development sector stands behind sexual and gender minority rights

    IWDA Blog | 26 Oct, 2016

    We’re proud to announce that IWDA CEO Joanna Hayter has put forward a resolution to call on the major players in development to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in their work and beyond. The resolution was passed, and ACFID members have made a commitment to ensuring it is upheld.

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