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2013/14 Aid budget forum

Development Policy Centre

Event details

Forum

Date & time

Wednesday 15 May 2013
9.00am–10.30am

Venue

Canberry and Springbank Rooms, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU

Speaker

Stephen Howes Director, Development Policy Centre; Helen Szoke Chief Executive Officer, Oxfam; Angus Barnes Independent Consultant, Development Linkages and Executive member, IDC Australia; Anthony Swan Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre

Contacts

Macarena Rojas
6125 5532

Many questions surround the 2013-14 aid budget. In the May 2012 budget, Labour pushed back its goal of increasing aid to 0.5% of GNI by a year to 2016/17. In response the Coalition removed the timetable from its commitment altogether. To deliver on its promise of a foreign aid increase this year to 0.37% of GNI, the Government needs to increase aid by about $600 million. But will it? As we move towards an election with the government under fiscal pressure, what will the 2013-14 aid budget look like? Will the cuts to the aid budget associated with funding of asylum-seeker costs be reversed? Is the expansion of the aid program to Africa now a thing of the past? And what is happening to the aid effectiveness agenda? The annual aid budget is the most important event for the aid sector. And it is a time when the entire sector converges on Canberra for the budget lock up. If you’re coming to Canberra for the budget, or if you’re resident here, come to the morning-after aid budget breakfast at the Canberry/ Springbank room at the ANU to provide fresh but in-depth analysis on what the budget means for the sector. The Development Policy Centre will present its analysis. We will also hear from a member of the executive at IDC Australia, and the new head of Oxfam. There will be a Q&A, as well as breakfast before and coffee after.This forum is presented by the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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