Australia will provide 4 million Australian dollars ($4.2 million) over four years to support efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist people injured by land mines in Laos and Vietnam.
The donation was announced by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd in a recent visit to Ho Chi Minh City. The money will go to ICRC’s Special Fund for the Disabled.
Meantime, the country’s aid program is once again at the receiving end of criticisms, this time from the head of an international organization, who said Australia has a “shameful performance” when it comes to foreign aid spending.
World Vision Australia’s Tim Costello is urging Australia to step up its aid spending, particularly in the health sector across the Pacific region, ABC News says.
The Australian foreign aid program was previously criticized for its reliance on expensive advisers, prompting the country to reduce the number of adviser positions funded by the Australian Agency for International Development.
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