Two of DFAT’s partners have released a Good Practice Review (GPR) – a practical reference guide on responding to humanitarian needs in urban contexts.

The global battle to reduce disaster losses by 2030 will be won or lost in Asia and the Pacific. Australia’s leadership is key to this effort and will be on full display when it hosts the next Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2020.

These images highlight the work of everyday Australians doing extraordinary things to help those in need around the world. These Australians represent the best of us. They are the most visible aspect of Australia’s humanitarian contribution.

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.

Over 68 million people are now displaced due to instability and conflict, more than at any time since World War II. Australia’s assistance is focused on supporting these communities as close to home as possible.