17 Feb 2020
RedR Calls for the Prioritisation of Humanitarian Principles and Action in Australia’s New International Development Policy

The mobilisation of humanity (humanitarian action) to prevent and respond to the needless suffering of people must be a pivotal component of the new Policy.

The RedR submission to Australia’s international development policy review makes a strong case for humanitarian action to be prioritised as part of our broader development agenda.

The submission is part of a consultation process announced in early December by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to inform the new international development policy, expected to be completed by mid-2020.

Humanitarian need is increasing due to political and environmental instability.

  • By 2030, violent conflict and natural disasters will require US$50 billion per year in global donor contributions to manage the needs of approximately 300 million affected people.
  • Of these, 77 million climate-displaced people will require an additional US$14 billion.
  • The Indo-Pacific region will remain the most vulnerable to climate change and disaster shocks.
  • By 2030, 6.5 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be living below the poverty line, and women, children and minority groups will be disproportionately represented.

Sustainable, inclusive and locally-led development can only be achieved in the long-term when immediate humanitarian need is prioritised as part of the development agenda.

The RedR submission outlines five key points that we see as central to achieving our vision of a future where humanity not only survives, but thrives and prospers. We believe that the new international development policy should:

  1. Uphold humanitarian principles to safeguard the global rules-based order.
  2. Commit to ongoing reform of the humanitarian system to deliver efficient, effective and accountable outcomes.
  3. Invest in principled partnerships that respond to expressed humanitarian need before, during and after crises.
  4. Invest in civilian leadership for trusted disaster management.
  5. Harness innovation with a people-first approach.

Click here to read our Submission to Australia’s International Development Policy Review.

Photo caption: Australia Assists deployee and Field Project Manager based in Maewo, Mark Vaughan, with Provincial Liaison and Coordination Officer for the Vanuatu NDMO, Philip Meto, outside the Emergency Operations Centre.