Addressing corruption can even the playing field in an era of widening inequalities

By Valerie Cliff, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia’s economic ascent over the past two decades has contributed to a dramatic transformation: steep decreases in poverty rates, soaring domestic consumption and better …

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Making the most out of migration

By Jane Duke, Australia’s Ambassador to ASEAN 18 December is International Migrants Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the UN convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families. It’s a good time to take stock of how much migrant workers in our region contribute to societies, including Australia, through their work, …

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Working together is key to strengthening resilience across the Asia-Pacific

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, or “DRR Day”, is a time to reflect on how risk-informed development can minimise the impacts of natural hazards on our communities. Urbanisation and climate change mean that disaster risk reduction is more important than ever. To solve these complex problems we need coordinated and clever solutions. …

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Providing sustainable and inclusive WASH solutions in Timor-Leste

Clean, safe and accessible water for everyone in the community plays a critical role in addressing poverty and contributing to economic and human development. Through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australia is supporting organisations like EWB Australia to deliver community-based projects that have a direct and tangible impact on reducing poverty in developing countries.

Australia’s humanitarian support Part II: Supporting local efforts & response

Local people are best placed to help their own communities in times of crisis. Australia works with a range of international NGOs and national Red Cross societies to engage with and empower local people. We also partner with grass roots organisations such as women’s groups to ensure Australian assistance is targeted to those that need it most.

Why is Australia so keen on Free Trade Agreements?

Did you know Australia currently has ten Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with sixteen countries and more FTAs will enter into force in the future? Is Australia pursuing FTAs to the exclusion of other trade liberalising opportunities?  Are these FTAs being used by Australian business? Why is Australia so keen on FTAs?  This article addresses these questions and other matters relating to Australia’s FTA agenda.

Japan and Australia: Leaders in uncertain times

he most interesting opportunities we get as DFAT officers are not always found behind a desk in Canberra. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to accompany Simon Newnham, Australia’s APEC Ambassador and First Assistant Secretary of the Investment and Economic Division, on a visit to Tokyo. As part of that visit, Simon addressed a Symposium hosted by Japan’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the Australian National University (ANU).

Giving women greater financial choice and control through economic empowerment

 By Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Financial inclusion gives women greater choice and control over their financial lives. I know this after sitting with village savings clubs and microfinance groups in Vietnam, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Sitting among them, I witnessed a new generation of financially empowered women …

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