Ask the Foreign Minister to increase aid to Nepal
Australia, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. Our international development assistance makes a huge difference in the lives of people in poverty in our region and around the world.
We are pleased that the Albanese Government has committed to increase Australia's aid, and is already giving more to tackle hunger and food security around the world.
Yet, Australian aid is the lowest it has ever been (as a proportion of our national wealth) and our bilateral aid to Nepal has never been lower – despite the immense challenges faced by Nepal.
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Australia and Nepal have always been good friends. Tens of thousands of Australians travel to Nepal each year and Nepalese people are the fastest growing migrant group in Australia.
Yet the previous government cut Australian aid to its lowest ever levels – including cutting support to Nepal by more than two-thirds – even as hunger and poverty are rising and we need more global cooperation to fight poverty, pandemics and instability, not less!
We appreciate your commitment to improving Australia's reputation and diplomatic strength by increasing aid to meet the urgent global economic, health and environmental challenges.
Please ensure that Nepal and our neighbours in South Asia are included as you work to restore Australia's aid program.
To be a good neighbour to Nepal and other nations in our region and beyond, we ask you to:
- Plan and legislate to increase Australia’s Official Development Assistance to the internationally agreed target of 0.7% of Gross National Income by 2030.
- Restore bilateral aid funding to Nepal to at least $18 m – focusing on improving health, economic empowerment and women’s rights.
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