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Changing aid for a changing world

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No. NTAI 5 6 Date: 10 November 1992


The Minister for Trade & Overseas Development, John Kerin, said today that the Ministerial Policy Paper tabled in Parliament last night outlines the challenges for Australia's Overseas Development Program in the 1990s and the directions that the program can take to meet these challenges.

Mr Kerin will discuss these issues today at a lunchtime address at the National Press Club.

'Changing Aid for a Changing World canvasses both the new directions already undertaken by Australia's Aid Program and opens an informed debate in other areas where changes must be made to maintain the efficiency and equity of the program,' Mr Kerin said.

'It is a comprehensive and forward-looking document which seeks practical, coherent input from all interested parties. 'I intend that this debate will be an important part of the process of reshaping Australia's Aid Program. As the problems of the developing world change, this process is necessary so that we provide the best development assistance with the broadest Australian support.

'We owe this to those who benefit from our assistance and to all Australians who directly and indirectly contribute to the $1.5b that will be spent on aid this year,' Mr Kerin said. Key issues identified in the statement are:

* The need for greater coordination of international development assistance and emergency relief efforts

* Economically and ecologically sustainable development which integrates social and cultural factors and recognises the need for economic growth and sound macroeconomic management for development to occur

* The full participation of women in the development process * Human rights and good governance * The social and economic consequences of the HIV/Aids epidemic for developing countries * The need for closer cooperation between AIDAB and NGOs * Population growth, with world population growth of around one

billion this decade, most of which will be in developing countries. COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY


'This new policy document shapes the directions Australia's

development assistance must take in the 1990s,' Mr Kerin said.

'At the highest level, it demonstrates the need for international cooperation.

'For Australia, it re-emphasises the requirement for governments, business and NGOs to work closely together on improving and refining our development assistance effort.

'And for individual Australians it affirms the central humanitarian motivation for aid and provides a challenge for their involvement in contributing to both the work and the debate on our overseas aid program,' Mr Kerin said.

For more information contact:

Simon Grose

06 2777 420