Australia can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently
Australia’s aid system is set up to deliver its growing aid programme effectively and efficiently after impressive reform since 2010.
The DAC review of Australia’s development programme notes the government’s dual objectives: helping people overcome poverty; and Australian national interest in the stability, security and prosperity of its neighbouring region. The Committee found that clear political directives, policies and strategies reflect Australia’s international commitments and good practice.
Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income (GNI). Australia's goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 - a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.