Our annual reports provide an overview of our activities, challenges and achievement over the course of the year.
The 2011 year has proved to be one of renewal for AID/WATCH. With our victory in the case against the Australian Tax Office in 2010, we have once again been able to do what we do best – campaigning, research and advocacy to let the Australian public know where their aid money is going.
AID/WATCH supporters saw 2010 end on a high with the High Court re-endorsing our charitable status in December. This marked the end of a four-year legal battle with the Australian Taxation Office to define the meaning of ‘charity’ in the context of an organisation that advocates for change in the Australian Government’s overseas aid policy.
2009 was a full and exciting year for AID/WATCH. We strengthened relationships with partner organisations in the Pacific, deepened our research into ways the Australian government may use aid as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations and built our membership and activist base.
The end of 2013 saw major shifts in the aid program with the election of the Abbott Government, the dismantling of AusAID, a major slash in the budget and a re-orienting of the aid program to economic and national interest objectives. AID/WATCH was one of the few commentators to point out that the aid program had long been focused on national interest rather than poverty reduction.
2012 was a very active year for AID/WATCH, reflecting major changes underway in Australia’s aid program. In dollar terms the aid program has been exposed to budget cuts, as planned aid increases have been delayed. At the same time, the aid program has become increasingly orientated to Australia’s commercial and security interests.
2014 saw the aid program continue focus on the interests of Australian companies and Australian national interest. The 2014 aid budget saw almost 8 billion cut over the next five years and an acceleration of the involvement of the private sector in the aid program.