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14 May 2013 description

Australia’s aid program will increase by $518 million in the 2013-14 budget to a record $5.7 billion – the equivalent of 0.37 per cent of gross national income (GNI) – the highest ODA/GNI level since 1985.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Australian Government remained committed to increasing its aid budget to 0.5 per cent of GNI but this would be delayed to 2017-18 due to a write-dow in Government revenues.

The Asia-Pacific region remains the aid program’s highest priority, and will receive about 86 per cent of country specific aid in 2013-14.

04 Feb 2013 description

During a recent visit to Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, was able to see for himself the kind of impact Australia’s humanitarian funding to the country is having.

Hosting around 60,000 people and currently receiving around 300 every day, Yida is the largest of seven camps established to cope with the steady stream of refugees fleeing ongoing violence in Sudan. Just 15 kilometres from the north-south border, the place is truly remote.

22 Aug 2012 description

At the height of the Horn of Africa crisis in July 2011, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were faced with the consequences of severe drought.

Their situation was exacerbated by a tenuous food security situation, high food and fuel prices and widespread insecurity that displaced many people from their homes and into neighbouring countries. Somalia was the worst hit, with three-quarters of a million people and six regions facing imminent famine.

09 Feb 2012 description

Media release


9 February 2012

Australia is responding quickly to prevent a deepening food shortage in the Sahel region in Africa and address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that millions of people in the Sahel are in need of food following drought, reduced crop harvests and people movements from other parts of Africa affected by conflict, such as Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

04 Nov 2011 description

Parliament House, Canberra
Speech, E&OE, check against delivery
2 November 2011

Thank you for that warm introduction.

Can I make a bold suggestion? Those folks who are over there, do you mind coming over this way? As I find it pretty odd making a speech here to, however important Bongiorno and Riley might think they are.

20 Sep 2011 description

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in San Francisco to discuss cooperation between Australia and the US on international development on 15 September 2011.

They reaffirmed both countries’ shared commitment to tackling global development challenges as part of the Australia-United States Ministerial consultations (AUSMIN).

17 Sep 2011 description


Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton today strengthened joint development cooperation between the two countries.

'For 60 years now, each new global challenge has brought with it a new cause for cooperation with Australia and an ever stronger partnership grounded in our shared values,' Secretary Clinton said.