Wahroonga, New South Wales
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia has expressed concern and disappointment over Wednesday’s announcement regarding the re-distribution of funds from the Australian Aid program.
It’s a disappointing move from a government that has previously, and very publically, committed themselves to growing the Australian aid program.
The announcement, which is likely to see $375 million re-directed from international development projects to fund the Government’s domestic asylum seeker program, has caused outcry from the international development sector and general public alike.
“Like many Australian NGO’s we are disappointed with the announcement, and the potential the cuts have for negatively affecting life-saving projects around the world,” said Mark Webster, ADRA Australia Program Effectiveness and Planning manager.
“At the very least we would ask the Government to clarify which aid programs the $375 million will be cut from and how these cuts will impact each program.”
ADRA Australia’s international development and humanitarian programs, which span across Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, are funded by both government and private sources. Until clarification is provided the impact of yesterday’s announcement remains uncertain.
“Every day we work to empower communities and change the lives of the world’s poor. Our projects help provide hope and certainty in people’s lives,” said Mr Webster. “This announcement has created uncertainty across the sector. It’s a disappointing move from a government that has previously, and very publically, committed themselves to growing the Australian aid program.”
The cuts announced yesterday, in addition to those made in in May, which saw $2.9 million in cuts, means close to one fifth of the Australian Aid program has been cut or re-directed in the past 12 months.
ADRA Australia is a Christian, non-government organisation (NGO) engaging in development projects and emergency management activities for people in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. It is fully accredited with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and is signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct. The ADRA network has a presence in 125 countries.