Why we give aid
The Australian Government’s Aid Policy focuses on ‘promoting prosperity, increasing stability, reducing poverty’, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. The Policy identifies ‘effective governance: policies, institutions and functioning economies’ as one of the six investment priorities to achieve these objectives. Under this priority, the Australian government has committed to several anti-corruption and justice goals, including:
- fighting corruption
- building effective law and justice systems
- strengthening policing
- increasing the safety and security of communities
- improving people’s access to justice, and
- addressing violence against women.
Australia supports these goals because they are ends in themselves and underpin fundamental human rights. Australia also supports these goals because they enable broader development outcomes to be achieved in our region. For example, without progress in addressing violence against women, children and marginalised groups, efforts to bring about economic opportunities, healthy communities and better education outcomes will also be constrained.
Similarly, Australia provides aid for anti-corruption initiatives because corruption lies at the heart of many of the governance and broader development challenges in our region. It can inhibit economic growth by increasing the costs and risks of doing business. By undermining efforts to raise and spend public finances effectively, corruption also reduces access to quality public services and weakens the rule of law, thus reducing the capacity of countries to translate economic growth into broad-based economic opportunities and improved human development outcomes.
How we give aid
DFAT supports a range of bilateral justice and anti-corruption efforts. Details about these programs can be found on relevant country program webpages.
To complement these efforts, DFAT also supports global and regional efforts to:
- support the effective implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region
- increase transparency and social accountability in the delivery of basic services and public infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region
- promote deeper understanding of what drives corrupt practices and what innovative approaches exist to prevent and combat corruption
- empower poor and marginalised communities in the Indo-Pacific region to resolve disputes effectively through increased access to formal, quasi-formal and informal justice systems, and
- develop police services that are engaged with and accountable to the communities, and supported by a strong institutional frameworks.
DFAT also protects Australian aid flows from corruption through its fraud control program.