Aid doesn’t always aid

Aid Watch formed in 1992 with a handful of activists concerned that Australia’s overseas aid program was making life harder for the very people it was supposed to assist. For over 20 years they have focused on demanding transparency and accountability for the country’s foreign aid and trade. Today, they still work to confront aid programs that have more to do with exposing developing countries to corporate interests than addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality.

Aid Watch is Australia’s main independent monitor of international aid and trade policy. They focus on the systems that cause poverty and inequality and campaign to end the use of aid to further Australia’s economic national interest and the expense of the poor. They also challenge Australian government agencies, multilateral agencies, corporations and NGO that use aid and trade to undermine the ability of people in developing countries to determine their own.



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