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Guest Blog: DFAT’s Iraq pullout a bitter pill for aid

May 19, 2014


By Laura Jean McKay In February this year Michael Bates, country director of the Danish Refugee Council in the Kurdish region and greater Iraq, received an email. It was from DFAT, the donor that was supporting 70 per cent of their programs in south and central Iraq, regretting to say that they were pulling out. […]

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2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Human rights in need of aid

April 29, 2014

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By Adam McBeth Foreign aid and human rights are inextricably linked, as aid is often the only way to fulfil peoples’ rights in developing countries. This is especially true for economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to water, housing, health, education and a sustainable livelihood. However, it is also true for many […]

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Human Rights in the Federal Budget Part 1: Creative Accounting and Overseas Aid

May 17, 2013


By Adam McBeth Following Tuesday’s budget, much has been made of the government’s deferral (yet again) of the commitment to increase spending on official development assistance (or overseas aid) to 0.5% of gross national income until 2017-18. This amounts to a cut of $1.9 billion from previously forecast aid levels over the period to June […]

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Vaccinating kids, spying on Bin Laden: just another misuse of humanitarian aid

July 21, 2011


By Marius Smith It has recently emerged that the CIA set up a vaccination campaign in Pakistan as part of a covert operation to monitor Osama Bin Laden’s compound there and obtain a DNA sample from one of his relatives.  Although plenty of people would argue that the end justifies the means, jeopardising the health […]

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