After CIDA, AusAID: Australia 'integrates' aid into foreign affairs

Humanitarian relief for victims of Cyclone Evan in Fiji from the Australian Agency for International Development. The aid agency will be absorbed into the country's foreign affairs and trade ministry. Photo by: AusAID / CC BY

Just a few months after Canada confirmed its development agency would be absorbed into the country’s foreign affairs and trade ministry, now Australia will follow suit.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Wednesday that the foreign aid portfolio would be “integrated” into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under Julie Bishop to be “more closely aligned” with foreign policy and to cut “duplication and waste.”

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