Elevate Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement
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ACFID firmly believes that development is an essential pillar of Australia’s foreign policy and statecraft.
The pandemic and the inequalities it is exposing have reinforced the importance of the fundamental building blocks of human development and human security – access to quality health and education services, secure economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods, and inclusive political and economic institutions. Development must be balanced equally with other forms of statecraft as complimentary, powerful, and effective means of advancing Australia’s international engagement.
Principled and effective development can wind back the drivers of inequality and poverty by creating structural change. It increases stability, enhances resilience to external shocks, and builds strong and enduring people-to-people and Government relationships. It is a tangible and practical expression of Australia’s commitment to working with our neighbours to help tackle our region’s most intractable challenges.
ACFID and its members are committed to advancing the role of development in Australia’s foreign policy as part of our overarching mission to help build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.
Read more about ACFID’s Policy and Advocacy work to elevate development to the heard of Australia’s international engagement in our Advocacy Agenda, and in our Policy Briefs developed in advance of the 2022 Federal Election.
ACFID also supports the Asia Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence dialogue.