*Numbers sourced from DFAT's Performance of Australian Aid report 2014-15
Those are just a few examples – and all that achieved by a program on which we invest less than one per cent of the Federal Budget. While there still remains much to be done, the world has made significant strides in combating global poverty.
Australia’s aid program is largely focused in the Pacific and Asia region, but the government also funds work in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The top priorities are improving things like education and health, gender equality, agriculture, and economic development – so developing countries can trade and compete in the international market. In fact, there are a number of countries including India, China and Thailand that have been able to graduate from receiving development aid to becoming our trade partners, increasing everyone's prosperity in our region!
Aid is given in many ways, depending on the issue and the best way in which it can be addressed. It may be delivered:
- through NGO partners, such as World Vision to deliver targeted programs to meet the needs of the communities involved;
- directly to another government (bilateral aid) to deliver a programme that reflects both the country’s development needs and the donor country’s capacity to provide technical or financial assistance;
- through international agencies such as the World Bank, World Health Organisation or World Food Programme. This allows donor countries to contribute to much larger scale programmes;
- through humanitarian emergency relief such as food parcels, temporary accommodation or health care, when a disaster or conflict situation occurs;
- through technical supporter and community involvement, when the donor government provides funds for expert volunteers to work in developing countries, to build the skills and capacities of partner governments and organisations; or to develop education programs for the Australian public.
The funding World Vision Australia and other NGO's receive through Australia’s aid program gives us the opportunity to conduct large-scale projects, and allows the government to utilise our expertise, infrastructure and access to communities to deliver aid more effectively.
Some of World Vision’s Australian Aid funded projects include: