Foreign aid and its importance in reducing poverty
What is foreign aid? Does it really reduce poverty? And is Australia doing its fair share?
Written by Oxfam Australia’s Government Relations Coordinator Jenny Wells and published by Geodate in its July 2015 edition, this article and accompanying student activities explores the what Australian Aid has achieved and the impact of the recent cuts.
This resource is ideal for those studying the following Australia Curriculum subjects:
- Geography Year 10 – Unit 2: Geographies of Human Wellbeing
The role of international and national government and non-government organisations’ initiatives in improving human wellbeing in Australia and other countries (ACHGK081)
- Civics and Citizenship Year 10 – Government and Democracy
Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level, for example provision of foreign aid, peacekeeping, participation in international organisations and the United Nationals (ACHCK091)
Download the Foreign Aid Geodate resource.
Campaign for Australian Aid
Oxfam Australia proudly supports the Campaign for Australian Aid, a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions – for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.
The Campaign for Australia has produced a range of informative posters and fact sheets on this issue, free for you to download, print and use in class.
- Fact sheet: How has Australian aid impacted on the achievement of the MDGs?
- Poster: 10 reasons why we’re for Australian Aid
- Poster: How much does Australia really invest?
- Poster: Are we becoming less generous?
- Poster: How do we compare with other countries?
- Poster: Australian aid has helped improve child survival
- Poster: Australian aid has helped improve clean water access
- Poster: Australia aid has helped more children get an education
For more information about this campaign, and how you and your students can add your voice to those standing up for the life-changing work of Australia aid, visit Campaign for Australian Aid.