The 2015-16 Budget confirmed $1 billion has been carved out of the foreign aid budget – the biggest cuts ever to Australian aid. Devpolicy contributors provided analysis on the numbers, what they will mean for the aid program and the effect they will have on Australia's international standing as an aid donor. Read our 2015 aid cuts coverage here.
AVID, Australia's international volunteer program, was among those aspects of the aid program hit hard by the 2015-16 budget. Research Officer (and former volunteer) Ashlee Betteridge discusses the possible implications of the loss of $17 million from AVID's budget.
Earlier this year, the PNG government banned project fees as part of the Tuition Fee Free policy. But unlike banning school fees, abolishing project fees is unlikely to improve access to education, and may lower quality, writes Grant Walton.
- Ashlee Betteridge on Is education a magic bullet for addressing corruption? Insights from Papua New Guinea
- Camilla Burkot on Social welfare schemes – more than just giving a man a fish
- Fulan Nakukun on The difficulties of development in Timor-Leste
- Vinny on Innovation in development… is it worth the hype?
- Budget 2015: major cuts to foreign aid
Stephen Howes on Radio National Breakfast.
- Aid budget slashed
Stephen Howes on Radio National PM.
- A fair budget? Not for the poor losing Australian aid in record cuts
Stephen Howes writes for The Conversation ahead of Budget 2015.