The Morrison government will cease all bilateral aid to Pakistan, which includes support for successful programs helping poor women and girls, as funds for development assistance are diverted to the Pacific.
“I really do question whether this should happen it undermines the integrity of the aid program interns of the extent to which it is seen to not be delivering on its purpose which is to offer development assistance.“ James Goodman, Chair of AID/WATCH
AidWatch said the $5.5 million Australia pledged in relief aid to Indonesia was a diplomatic initiative
GLOBAL JUSTICE PROJECT
AID/WATCH recently participated in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) held in Bangkok with the Asia Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives and the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN). The following statement from Asia Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives during the ACSC/APF was endorsed by AID/WATCH.
“Simply put, Lynas has never had a social licence to operate – this would never be allowed here in Australia.”
Friends of the Earth Australia, AID/WATCH, together with Australian chapters of Malaysian BERSIH Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections and Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Melbourne (SABMOZ) have responded to a petition that has gained momentum in Malaysia demanding that Australia suspends Lynas’ rare earth export to Malaysia because Lynas has no safe disposal facility for its radioactive waste.
AID/WATCH TALKS & EVENTS
Join us in 2019 to support AID/WATCH in building a collaborative ‘Global Justice Project’ to establish a new focus on a wide range of global justice campaigning in Australia.
Around the world, communities, nature and the climate are being devastated by large scale extraction of minerals and metals. Driven by a growth-obsessed economic system that is exceeding planetary limits and mass unsustainable consumption by the few, the world’s appetite for minerals is growing insatiably, encouraging aggressive corporate tactics and state violence to secure resources.
2018 was a year of consolidation for AID/WATCH, where we rebuilt our internal structures, strengthened our on-the-ground links with community-based organisations in Papua New Guinea, and collaborated with partner organisations in Australia to undertake joint campaigning. Through the year we developed a new proposal for a new ‘Global Justice Project’, which is now to be created in 2019.