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the big six

How will Australia’s ODA develop?

  • Major new ODA funding flows are unlikely as the new government remains firm on its plan to decrease ODA further by US$202 million, to US$3.5 billion for FY2016-17. However, because the new government holds a one-seat majority in parliament, an unexpected by-election could shift power to the opposition Labor party, which might change ODA priorities. The next federal election is not due until 2019.

What will Australia’s ODA focus on?

  • Promoting economic growth and reducing poverty across in the Indo-Pacific region will likely remain a focus. This focus is likely to increase as Australia plans on spending at least 90% of its ODA on neighboring countries by the end of FY2016-17, while scaling back its development budget in other regions. Furthermore, the government has set a target that 20% of all funding should be ‘aid for trade’ by 2020.
  • Women’s empowerment and gender equality will remain top priorities. At least 80% of all development investments will focus on integrating gender issues in the future. Support to the Global Fund is also important: during the 2016 Global Fund replenishment, Australia increased its commitment by 10%.

What are key opportunities for shaping Australia’s development policy?

  • Health research and development (R&D) will remain an important focus of Australia’s portfolio. Financing could rise from the recently announced initiatives that are funded from within and outside of the ODA budget. In June 2016, the government committed US$90 million in ODA over five years for a regional health-security fund to sponsor partnerships for tackling emerging health-security risks. In 2014, Australia announced plans to establish a domestic US$18 billion perpetual fund for academic health research, known as the Medical Research Futures Fund. This is likely to provide a small portion of its funding for global health research. In June 2016, Australia also established a non-ODA funded Centre of Excellence in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research.
  • The budget expansion for women’s empowerment opens up opportunities for applying cross-sectoral development approaches to the design and implementation of development programs.





  • Church leaders ask Australian government to increase funding for development assistance

    Twelve leaders from a spectrum of Christian denominations have written to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, urging the government to increase foreign assistance, and redefine foreign policy beyond a more narrow definition of self-interest. The signatories called on the government to take “concrete steps” to increase development assistance, moving towards the internationally agreed target of 0.7% of gross national income. As stated by one signatory, the main thrust of the submission argues “for a foreign policy that isn’t solely driven by a very narrow definition of the national interest but looks at the way we engage on climate change, looks at the way we engage on refugees and looks at the way we support our neighbours to become economically self-sufficient”.

    News article – Eternity News

  • Former Australian deputy prime minister to chair agricultural research advocacy group

    Former Australian deputy prime minister, John Anderson AO, has been appointed Chair of the Crawford Fund. The Fund is an NGO that promotes the benefits of international agricultural research, commissions studies on policy and practice, and sets up training activities in developing countries. Anderson is himself a farmer and has been a member of the Fund’s Board since 2010. In Parliament, Minister Anderson was leader of the National Party of Australia, which traditionally represents graziers, farmers, and rural voters.

    Website - The Crawford Fund

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  • Annual meeting of Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Paraguay

    The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.

    Location: Asunción, Paraguay

    Website - IABD

  • 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, Australia

    Held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is being hosted in the City of Melbourne, Australia, this coming April 3-7, 2017. The congress is intended as a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience on public health issues on the local, regional, national and global levels, including through the promotion of equality, the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting the next generation of public health leaders. The event attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates every year and will coincide with World Health Day on April 7, 2017. This year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the WFPHA.

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Website - WCPH

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