On 2 February 2011, Oxfam Australia provided a submission to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, established by the Australian Government to review Australia’s aid program and guide the future direction of aid policy.
Submissions were accepted from bodies including non-government organisations, Australian Government departments and regional partner governments, as well as members of the public.
Oxfam Australia believes the review should ensure that aid spending is as effective as possible so it can transform the lives of the world’s poorest people. The submission outlined 34 recommendations to improve the aid program, including focusing on:
• Greater accountability and transparency to Australian taxpayers about how aid money is spent, while also encouraging public understanding of why investing in poverty eradication is vitally important.
• Consultation with Australian NGOs, multilateral and civil society organisations who are centrally involved in aid delivery and can draw on extensive experience and learning from their own programs.
• The need for strategies to properly address the fact that many of the poorest of the poor now live in middle countries, as well as least developed countries