Australian parliamentary report into Australia's Indo-Pacific development program recommends ODA increases
The Australian parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has released a first report of its inquiry into Australia’s development assistance program in the Indo-Pacific. In the report, it recommends the Australian government change the name of the program from "aid" to “development partnerships” or similar, to emphasize mutual benefits.
The Committee also recommends that the government commit to a set time frame of no more than five years for increasing Australia’s official development assistance to gross national income ratio to at least 0.5%. It also recommends that the Australian government provide additional funding to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to raise awareness of the benefits of development partnerships.