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?