New research shows that funding for DFAT has hit a new low of 1.3% of the federal budget. Scaling back has a real effect on Australia's influence around the world.
Development assistance has its problems. Nevertheless, it's crucial for reducing extreme poverty. And it fosters important international relations that benefit all Canadians.
Compared to the size of our economy, Canadian aid has been slipping since the 1980s, and we now lag behind most other donors. Our rhetoric is unmatched by action.
Western aid has resulted in an Anglo-American culture of journalism education which has proved impractical to implement in African countries with illiberal political regimes.
Done right, aid fosters greater stability and boosts the economy. That reduces incentives to move away.
Depending on foreign aid to pay the bills makes moving on when it’s gone harder.
India has become a difficult place for NGOs to operate.
These shipments are rarely just about saving lives.
Why altruism is in shorter supply than the industry wants you to believe
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
PNG is enjoying unfamiliar global attention after the APEC summit earlier this week, and the rivalry between the United States and China to exert influence in the region.
The Pacific push is against the background of China's growing involvement in the area.
Australian aid to the Pacific has been criticised for not focusing enough on infrastructure. But rising Chinese influence is bringing a shift of priorities.
In a speech to the Lowy Institute on Monday, Shorten says Australia's Pacific neighbours want partners for infrastructure projects – “and as PM, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first.
At a time when the future of many Pacific islands is under threat, a little compassion is in order, not barbs at their expense.
The UK's plans for post-Brexit trade and investment in Africa are pint-sized by the standards of other major players.
A major challenge for Madagascar's new president will be to create jobs, especially in the industrial and service sectors.
On top of boosting South Sudan's development, these groups are showcasing what refugees can accomplish in the US.
Without contextual knowledge, education and adaptation, foreign or imposed practices or resources cause new sets of problems.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.