The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) has made a submission to the new International Development Policy currently under review by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The review was announced in December 2019 and invited members of the public and international development community to give input into the new policy.
UnitingWorld helped develop the UCA submission, and recommended that the International Development Policy:
- targets the alleviation of poverty and inequality as a primary objective, understanding that this will best serve Australia’s national interests
- prioritises development that is demonstrably owned and driven by the communities it seeks to impact
- recognises the unique roles of churches and faith communities in delivering social change and seeks to target them as development partners
- acknowledges climate change as the most significant cross-cutting issue that impacts security, stability, prosperity and resilience in Australia and beyond.
UnitingWorld, as a member agency, also contributed to the submissions of the following coalitions: the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID), Micah Australia and the Church Agencies Network. (Click links to read the submissions).
Submissions close Friday 14 February 2020.
UnitingWorld is the international aid and partnerships agency of the Uniting Church in Australia, collaborating for a world free from poverty and injustice.