Aid/Watch campaigning and advocacy work is grounded in experience. Our research is thorough and constructive. We believe in building alternative futures, founded on experience and on community-level capacity.
Since 1992 AID/WATCH has critically monitored the aid and trade activities of the Australia government. We have monitored how they link to multilateral institutions, corporations, international financial institutions and NGO’s, as well as responding and engaging publicly to policy developments.
Over the years we have conducted detailed investigative research into programs which further the Australian national interests at the expense of the rights of people and the environment.
Over the past few years, we have moved beyond the ‘aid lens’ to address pressing problems of growing inequality, land grabbing, climate injustices. We are currently undertaking targeted, strategic and collaborative research with communities in resisting development aggression and seeking justice.
REPORTS & PAPERS
Australia’s Foreign Policy
Since the 2003 White Paper, Advancing the National Interest, Australia has routinely undermined global norms. We have been at the forefront of breaking global commitments on military intervention, on the climate crisis and on development, to name just three. This article discusses the Government’s proposed new direction on foreign policy. (2017)
Inside the Aid/Watch case
This article explores the interaction between legal and political strategy in producing social change. It centres on a long-running dispute in Australia over whether charities can have a dominant political purpose. (2011)
People and Land in Papua New Guinea
An issues paper by Steven Sukot of the Bismark Ramu Group, an extract from his presentation at the PNG NGO AusAID’s Pacific Land Conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu (2008)
Aid in East Timor
An overview of Australian Aid activities in East Timor. (2006)