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:
- Uphold humanitarian principles to safeguard the global rules-based order.
- Commit to ongoing reform of the humanitarian system to deliver efficient, effective and accountable outcomes.
- Invest in principled partnerships that respond to expressed humanitarian need before, during and after crises.
- Invest in civilian leadership for trusted disaster management.
- 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.