Australia’s aid effort
Australian aid: one of our nation’s greatest accomplishmentsIn the last generation, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world:
- We’ve cut global poverty by over 50% since 2000
- We’ve doubled the number of people who have access to clean water
- We’ve dramatically reduced the number of children dying every year
- We’ve nearly halved the number of women dying during childbirth.
Some facts about Australia’s aid program:
- Australia spends just 0.23% of our gross national income, or 23 cents in every $100, on Australian aid. This is the lowest level ever in our nation’s 60-plus years of using aid to tackle poverty.
- The Australian Government and Opposition both pledged to increase the aid budget to 50 cents in every $100 before the last Federal Election. But neither major party currently has a clear timetable for achieving this goal.
- Australia lags behind many other countries, including the UK, which has lifted its aid contribution to 70 cents in every $100.
- Australia’s aid budget ranks a low 19th out of the 29 wealthy OECD member nations, despite the fact that we have one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.