Bringing indigenous perspectives to global challenges

 By Sheena Graham, Development Policy Division This year I have the privilege of being an “Ambassador” for the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum where my multiple identities converge. It starts with my family. When my grandmother was a small child, she was designated a half-caste because she had an Aboriginal mother and an Italian father. …

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Manna from Heaven – cyclones, cash transfers, and the role of social protection in disaster response

Tropical Cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga on 12 February 2018, causing severe damage to the main island of Tongatapu. The cyclone damaged or destroyed almost 2,000 homes, caused the evacuation of over 4,500 people and left more than 80% of homes in Tonga without power.  Australia is providing a comprehensive package of support to Tonga that includes addressing immediate needs, helping people return to their homes, reconnecting power throughout Tongatapu, and providing support to the island of 'Eua, which was also badly affected by the cyclone.

2018 DAC Peer Review

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper makes clear that Australia’s investment in the stability and resilience of developing countries improves our own security and prosperity. Today, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) released its 2018 peer review of Australia’s aid program. This important report highlights our achievements to date and provides valuable recommendations for us to consider in strengthening the overall effectiveness of the program.  

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Leave No Woman Behind: the vital role women play in disaster planning and responses

 By Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Over the past year, a few simple words like “#TimesUp” and “#MeToo” have inspired tens of thousands of women around the world to share their stories and advocate their rights. As the movement continues in 2018, I’m keen to use my role as Australia’s …

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