"Why does Australia provide development assistance to other countries? Is it
charity or geostrategic self-interest?
Today the government released a new international development policy to answer
The case the new policy makes is a simple but powerful one: if Australians want
our region to be peaceful, stable and prosperous, we have to lift people out of
poverty through sustainable development. It’s a bold document that puts
development at the heart of Australia’s response to a challenging world.
Politically, the new international development policy is a brave statement. It
outlines a strong and unapologetic argument for development aid, even at a time
when many Australians are feeling cost of living pressures. Crucially, it makes
the case in terms everyone can understand.
We live in a time of interconnected and compounding challenges, including
escalating disasters, rising costs and insecurity some have dubbed the
If Australians want to live peaceful lives in a globalised world, they need to
care about the stability of our 26 neighbours, 22 of which are developing
countries. The success of the region is also our success. In difficult times,
Australia needs to contribute to global cooperation."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics