World Vision welcomes review of Australian aid budget
World Vision CEO Claire Rogers has welcomed the Federal Government’s review of its aid budget and development policy.
The Government on Tuesday announced an overhaul of the country’s aid budget, the first since 2013. The review will reportedly not consider the amount that is budgeted, but rather how Australia’s aid is allocated.
Ms Rogers said the review was timely, and she praised the commitment by Minister for International Development and the Pacific Alex Hawke to ensuring the process was collaborative and consultative.
“World Vision welcomes this ongoing commitment from the Federal Government to review Australia’s aid program,” she said. “We are entering a new development era, and Australia must ensure we remain an effective development partner.
“I have an ongoing dialogue with Minister Hawke and commend and strongly support his desire to consult with key stakeholders on this review of Australia’s aid program.
World Vision, as Australia’s largest international development organisation, and one of the Government’s largest development partners, is well placed and stands ready to provide leadership and support to this review.”
Ms Rogers said the review was a good means of identifying ways the aid program could be improved to more effectively reduce poverty, promote prosperity and economic growth and enhance global peace and security.
"Australian aid is helping people live longer, healthier lives and empowering communities to lead their own positive change, advance gender equality, educate the next generation to end the poverty cycle, and help make our region more prosperous, safe and free.
“The review is a good mechanism to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of aid and development programs within vulnerable communities.”
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