Low-income countries that sought to spend more on health care during the pandemic have been hit with ratings downgrades, while others avoided borrowing entirely.
Many developing countries cannot free up public money to invest in economic stimulus packages. For them to join in the global recovery, they will need assistance.
The way foreign aid is disbursed needs to be revisited to avoid the traps it's fallen into in the past.
Providing foreign aid is not always straightforward. But here are some practical ways Australia might be able to help India.
How can democratic nations help fledgling democracies and others struggling against the tide of autocrats?
Removing funding from research-led projects puts people in highly vulnerable situations.
COVID-19 has diverted international attention and resources away from peacebuilding. This increases the risk of global insecurity and instability.
The Trump White House questioned the value of foreign aid and neglected policies related to helping low-income countries. But US aid had already needed improvement.
Cutting aid will have real implications for the life chances of millions of young women.
Side agreements signed by some wealthy nations threaten to undercut global efforts to ensure a fairly equitable worldwide vaccination effort.
COVID-19 has all but wiped foreign policy from the election debate, but a world still in crisis awaits the winner of the general election.
To recover from COVID-19 economic downturn, Indonesia needs every assistance available, including from overseas.
As foreign aid pours into Beirut, its uneven distribution reflects and exacerbates the pre-existing class and race fissures in Lebanese society.
Western solutions to Pacific Island issues often end in failure. These countries must build their autonomy to survive climate change.
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.