On May 12, Australian nongovernmental organizations will be anxiously reviewing the federal government budget to determine what impact the changes will have on their programs.
Early information is that it will not be good — after losing more than 11 billion Australian dollars ($8.7 billion) under the leadership of Tony Abbott, theAustralian Council for International Development estimates an additional AU$1 billion will be lost from the foreign aid envelope when the budget is released Tuesday.
Three critical funding programs for NGOs are under threat — the Australian NGO Cooperation Program, Australia-African Community Engagement Scheme and Solomon Islands Partnership Agreement, all administered by theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The ANCP alone is predicted to be cut by at least 20 percent, which could see the 49 NGOs receiving funding under the scheme struggle to maintain existing programs through a shared loss of almost AU$27 million.
Lisa Cornish is a freelance data journalist based in Canberra, Australia. 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 news.com.au. Lisa has recently been awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.
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