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Working with civil society to increase the impact of aid



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THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Working with civil society to increase the impact of aid Australia is working to increase the impact of its aid program with the launch today of AusAID’s Civil Society Engagement Framework. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, said the Framework provides a clear direction for engaging with Australian and international civil society organisations including non-government organisations, community groups, indigenous groups and the not-for-profit media. “Civil society organisations deliver crucial aid to the poorest people in developing countries,” Mr Marles said. “They receive widespread support from the Australian community and play an important role in alleviating poverty in developing countries throughout the world. “The Civil Society Engagement Framework will lead to more streamlined processes, stronger partnerships and better results for Australia’s aid dollars through an increased focus on innovation, efficiency and value for money.” Today’s launch was attended by representatives of more than 50 civil society organisations, including CARE, ChildFund, the Global Poverty Project, UN Women, The Red Cross and World Vision Australia. The Civil Society Engagement Framework delivers on a key commitment of Australia’s aid policy: An Effective Aid Program and sets out how Australia will work with civil society organisations to:  deliver services to communities,  respond to humanitarian crises,  define development priorities and identify solutions,  build local civil society and government capacity to have a lasting impact on the poor. Australia currently engages directly with more than 250 civil society organisations, both as aid donors and as beneficiaries.

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AusAID worked closely with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Australia’s peak body for international development non-government organisations, to develop the Framework.

The Civil Society Engagement Framework is available on the AusAID website.

20 June 2012

Media contact: Pauline Braniff (Marles’ office) 0466 745 623