Australian Council for International Development
The Australian Council for International Development is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations working to attain a world where gross inequality and extreme poverty are eradicated. More about ACFID.
ACFID Federal Budget Analysis 2013-2014
On 14 May the Federal Government delivered its 2013-14 Budget, which confirmed the anticipated decision of the Federal Government to once again break their promise to the world’s poorest people, delaying Australia’s aid commitment for a second year in a row. While the Government has claimed to increase the aid budget in real dollar terms by $517.8 million, they have done so while delaying by an additional year the scale-up to 0.5% GNI - pushing that commitment out yet again, this time to FY 2017-18. The reality is that the delay in reaching 0.5% removes $1.9 billion out of the forward estimates. Added to the $2.9 billion which were found through the aid program last year when the Government deferred the commitment to reach 0.5% GNI by one year, a total of $4.8 billion has been taken from the aid program across the forward estimates.
ACFID’s full analysis of Budget 2013-14 contains detailed thematic analyses of each of the key areas relevant to Australia’s aid program.
AusAID assessment of civil society organisations
Under the AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework (CSEF), AusAID will introduce a Due Diligence Framework (DDF) and an Effectiveness Assessment Mechanism (EAM) in mid-2013. Together, these two assessment tools will provide a basis for AusAID to understand partner capacity, risk and effectiveness and will inform partnership and funding decisions. AusAID is seeking feedback on the Draft AusAID Assessment of Civil Society Organisations, Part A: Due Diligence Assessment Standards for CSOs; and Part B: Effectiveness Assessment Methodology. For more information on how to be involved in the consultation please use the link below:
The Movement to End Poverty
On 14 March up to 1000 young Australians gathered on the front lawns of Parliament House to launch the Movement to End Poverty, a sector-wide campaign that will run up until the Federal Election in September. At the launch, young Australians representing every State and Territory in Australia stood in a giant map of the nation and called for our nation’s leaders to ensure we give a fair share to help the poorest people overcome poverty. The Movement to End Poverty is a joint action of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge Coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can end extreme poverty.
Members of the public can sign the petition via the form on the right of the ACFID website, or view the campaign website at http://www.makepovertyhistory.com.au
The Impact of Aid Cuts: Affecting Real People and Programs
In December 2012 the Federal Government announced cuts and deferrals of AU $375.1 million from the Australian aid program, redirecting funds earmarked for overseas poverty alleviation to pay for the costs of the domestic asylum seeker program, including mandatory detention costs.
ACFID has reviewed the funding cuts and deferrals from poverty alleviation programs.
Our analysis shows that:
- Real people and programs have been affected by the Government’s decision.
- Funding to poverty alleviation programs have not only been ‘deferred’, but also cut outright in a range of areas.
- Should the Government fail to meet its promise on raising Australian Aid to 0.37% of Australia’s Gross National Income (GNI) in the 2013-14 federal budget, the reality is that much of the funding that has been ‘deferred’ in this current financial year will become outright cuts to previously committed programs.
- ACFID cannot see a way that the many funding and results-based commitments to alleviating international poverty, publically made by the Australian Government, can be fulfilled if a similar diversion occurs in the Budget in May 2013.
Save the Date
ACFID Council 2013 will be held on 31 October -1 November at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla.
The theme of Council "Driving Change Post-2015" this year is to explore how the Australian development sector can contribute to global debates about the global development architecture after the Millennium Development Goals finish in 2015, as well as to rally to meet the MDGs in our region in the final year. The goal of Council this year is to understand the global debates, and to consolidate and refine a distinctive Australian perspective on reform of the international development architecture.
The Chairs and CEOs dinner will be held on 30 October 2013, with the Foreign Minister invited to give an address.
Online registrations will open in July 2013.