Poverty Analysis provides a platform for evidence to be shared to assist those advocating for a world free of extreme poverty. The focus is on using evidence and data to bolster the case being made to Governments, Businesses and Society as a whole to be doing more to address the challenge of extreme poverty.
Each blog post provides short, evidence based snapshots that can be used by advocates to persuade those in power. Blog entries are usually in the format of a brief. This provides readers with information in a style that politicians are familiar with. Hopefully making advocacy more effective.
The year 2015 will set the course of Global Development for the next few decades. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be agreed to in September in New York. How these will be Financed will be discussed in July in Ethiopia. An international legally binding climate change agreement is meant to be reached in December in Paris.
If the world fails to seize these opportunities Global Development could be set back permanently. There is a window of opportunity for actions to be taken now to set the globe on track to not only eliminate extreme poverty, but also to address many other social justice issues, such as climate change, inequality and human trafficking.
To ensure evidence based policies are put in place to overcome these challenges, evidence needs to be simply conveyed to a wide audience.
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Australian Aid Policy
In less than 3 years, the Australian Government has raided the Aid Budget seven times, dissolved the Aid Agency and changed the overall objective of the Aid program away from helping people to overcome poverty. This is a complete backflip from the bipartisan commitment to increase the Aid Budget to 0.5% of GNI by 2015 (still well short of the Australia’s international obligation to reach 0.7% by 2015).
This unprecedented moral deficit has been attempted to be justified by numerous myths that need to be busted. These include that Australia is one of the most generous aid donors in the world and Australia can’t afford to provide foreign aid.
The evidence tells a very different story.
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