Australian Government To Cut Aid Spending; Sachs Says Cuts Unacceptable

Media outlets report on the Australian government’s decision to cut aid spending.

Devex: DFAT staffing cuts — brain drain (or gain) for Australian aid?
“It is less than two months before the July 1 deadline set by the Abbott government in Australia to complete the integration process of the now-defunct AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — a situation that, according to some insiders, could very well make or break Australian aid…” (Santos, 5/22).

Perth Now: Aid cuts unacceptable: U.N. adviser
“One of the key architects of a U.N. initiative to end world poverty has accused the Abbott government of shirking its responsibilities by slashing aid spending. Jeffrey Sachs is the U.N.’s special adviser on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comprise eight targets that aim to significantly improve living standards for the world’s poorest people by 2015…” (Perry, 5/23).