Five graphs illustrate changes in Australia's approach to foreign assistance
The Guardian newspaper published a June 4, 2019 article analyzing Australia’s foreign assistance trends over the past five decades and decrying the nation's dwindling development budget as a "dereliction of duty". Five graphs help to visually illustrate the evolution and context of Australia's foreign assistance program.
The article also discusses the anticipated decline in Australia’s development spending compared to other OECD countries, and the increasing focus of funding on the Pacific region. Author Kate Lyons writes that the Australian development assistance program is fundamentally shifting towards infrastructure spending and away from the longstanding focus on health, education and gender equality.