Tim Wilson writes about where our foreign aid money is going and how it is being used.
Similarly, the Australian Conservation Foundation receives taxpayer aid funding to run programs to promote grassroots engagement on climate change-based policy.
As a recipient of aid funding the ACF was also involved in the Say Yes! Coalition with Greenpeace and GetUp! to provide political support for the Gillard government’s introduction of the carbon tax.
Worse, in some cases aid-funded NGOs are engaged in political activity that undermines the objectives of Australia’s aid program to promote sustainable economic development.
At earlier stages of economic development, countries are required to exploit their natural resources as they make the leap from a subsistence economy to manufacturing and eventually a service-based economy.
There are constant efforts by aid-funded NGOs against the development of export-focused primary industries in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
Targets have included their forestry and mining and agriculture sectors.
These efforts have been coupled with campaigns by the same groups targeting consumers and businesses to stop using developing world exports, as well as the erection of trade barriers.
A recent example includes efforts to target KFC to stop using Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil in their frying and forestry products in their packaging.
The whole point of foreign aid is to help the poorest people in the world to lift themselves out of poverty. Why are we giving public money to organisations which are involved in activities that inhibit this?
Tim’s Full Report can be found here.