Burundian refugees fleeing conflict at home gather on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma region in western Tanzania.
The initiative to establish an African Humanitarian Agency is a welcome one. But political, technical and financial support will matter. This will require the AU to take a pragmatic approach. Can it?
Soft power, getting softer?
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Britain uses its aid for soft power. How will that change after it leaves the EU?
President of Botswana Ian Khama. He leads a country that’s lost the shine created by his father Seretse Khama.
For a global audience, the movie 'A United Kingdom' provides a topical account of race relations. The love story is also likely to revitalise the popular viewpoint of Botswana as a national success story.
Humanitarian crises across the globe are often in unreachable and volatile places.
Getting assistance to populations in need demands new ways of doing development that are smarter, faster and more efficient.
Kenyan civil society activists protest against the extrajudicial killing of a human rights lawyer and his client. Restrictions against NGOs have intensified.
The government of Uhuru Kenyatta may wish to reconsider its repeated attacks against NGOs. The country as a whole is likely to benefit if the government softens its stance.
Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann launched an assault on Labor’s spending promises.
Consider this statement from Treasurer Scott Morrison about the alleged financial “black hole” in Labor’s program. “The worst-case scenario is A$67 billion. Best-case scenario is a $32 billion black hole…
Australia’s 2016 aid budget contains a further $224 million cut.
On every measure of generosity there is, Australia's foreign aid ranking is falling behind that of other advanced countries.
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more?
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
China’s President Xi Jinping on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
The increasing importance of non-traditional donors such as China has meant that the economic and political stronghold of Western countries in sub-Sahara Africa has gradually ebbed.
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending.
A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.
Differential treatment between international and local aid workers may undermine international aid programs.
In the humanitarian aid and development sector, local staff are paid less and receive fewer benefits than their expatriate colleagues, even when they do similar work and have similar qualifications.
Should goods from high-carbon countries be hit with an import tax?
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How to hit rogue countries where it really hurts – in the wallet.
A new start: Syrian refugee Raghad al Sous now lives in Huddersfield.
There is ongoing disagreement among OECD countries as to whether foreign aid spent in-house counts.
The Abbott government’s instinct on foreign policy is to approach it through the lens of domestic politics.
The pressure the Abbott government faced over the Syrian refugee crisis hints at a broader trend. Global political dynamics are now exposing a credibility deficit in Australian foreign policy.
Could aid be better played?
As the UN gears up to unveil the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, here are two new rules for development funding to help it go as far as possible.
Australia has been more comfortable in the ‘slipstream of power’, rather than leading, says Peter Varghese.
DFAT secretary Peter Varghese sat down with Michelle Grattan to talk about aid, the integration of AUSAID, Islamic State, the Asian century and much, much more.
Brazil’s University of São Paulo.
As more foreign aid starts going to higher education, developing countries need to be careful about the direction of travel for their universities.
Students at the University of Science of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
For decades, higher education in developing countries has not been a priority for international aid donors. That is now changing.
With the possible exception of North Korea, there aren’t too many countries that don’t like to think of themselves as “good international citizens”. For states such as Australia, it’s ostensibly one of…
It takes time, but this is how a real consensus is built.
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There is a way for governments to find out the consensus on global issues such as climate change. But it involves painstaking, complex work, and an end to the adversarial clash of competing ideologies.