How much ODA does Australia provide?
What are Australia's strategic priorities for development?
Who are the main actors in Australia’s development cooperation?
How is Australia’s ODA budget structured?
What are important decision-making opportunities in the annual budget process?
How is Australia’s ODA spent?
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”.
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.
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
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