How will aid budget cuts affect Australia's top 50 NGOs?

The Australian government, in partnership with World Vision, supports sanitation programs in the village of Mactuff in Sri Lanka. World Vision Australia is just one of the 50 nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Photo by: DfAT / CC BY

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, the Australian Council for International Development estimates an additional AU$1 billion will be lost from the foreign aid envelope when the budget is released Tuesday.

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    Lisa Cornish

    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 Lisa has recently been awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.