Humanitarian policy and partnerships

Why we give aid

Natural disasters, conflict, and economic shocks (such as food and fuel price spikes) severely undermine growth, reverse hard-won development gains and increase poverty and insecurity. Women are often also at heightened risk of violence during crises.

In reducing risks from, preparing for and responding to crises Australia's humanitarian action saves lives, builds resilience and helps people overcome poverty.

How we give humanitarian assistance

DFAT's Humanitarian Strategy provides the framework for Australia's humanitarian action, which is designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and in the aftermath of conflict, disasters and other humanitarian crises, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations.

The Australian Government can respond to simultaneous disasters, and often combines Australian personnel and expertise with that of our partners such as United Nations agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-government organisations.


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