How to advocate for foreign aid: Q&A with Australia's international development minister

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (right), minister for international development and the Pacific, speaking at the 2017 Australian Council for International Development National Conference. Photo by: ACFID

MELBOURNE — Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the minister for international development and the Pacific, has pushed for greater collaboration across sectors to better communicate the importance of international aid to the general public.

Last week, she spoke at the Australian Council for International Development 2017 National Conference on the successes she has seen, challenges faced, and what she believes to be the best path for progress.

Sitting down with Devex after her speech, she expanded her call for action, outlining the advocacy role governments and nongovernmental organizations can play. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

In your speech, you presented a strong message to NGOs to play a bigger role in supporting the advocacy and education of the Australian public on the aid program and budget — also a key theme of the conference. What is the key information to take away?

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.