The peak body for Australia’s aid organisations today welcomes Labor’s vote of confidence in the effectiveness of aid programs run by our members.
“The restoration of $30 million in funding to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program announced today by Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, is heartily welcomed by the Australian aid sector,” said Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development, Mr Marc Purcell.
“The Program delivers almost one fifth of the aggregated results of the Australian Government’s aid program, because it leverages public donations to ACFID members and is delivered efficiently and effectively,” Mr Purcell said
“ACFID also welcomes commitments made by Ms Plibersek to enshrine in legislation poverty reduction as the key purpose of the Australian aid program.
“This will ensure that the first priority of Australian aid is to reduce poverty in poor communities in developing nations, and will raise the profile of the importance of our aid program in the Australian Parliament.
“Moves to restore accountability to the aid program through legislation and the reintroduction of annual ministerial Budget statements are also welcome initiatives.
“However, the aid budget is still woefully inadequate and ACFID calls on all political parties to restore the Australian aid budget to $5.5 billion in the life of the next Parliament.
“This will help Australia go some way towards its commitment under the Sustainable Development Goals to spend 0.7% of the Federal Budget on Australian aid,” Mr Purcell said.
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