We believe that global poverty and injustice are actively produced, political and preventable. Inequality produces global power divides which drive poverty and environmental crises. As an organisation, we target policies and institutions that entrench these global inequalities, especially trade and aid policies, which often sustain and produce the inequality they purport to prevent.

AID/WATCH believes aid should:

  • First and foremost be guided by the needs of communities, allowing people to determine their own development pathways and priorities
  • Promote local ownership and sustainability
  • Be based on principles of social and environmental justice and support sustainable and long-term self-determination; and
  • Be a mechanism of global solidarity not a tool for Australia’s national interest.

The final outcome of aid should be to remove the need for aid.


Our purpose

Aid/Watch is an independent, membership-based organisation that campaigns to end the use of aid to further Australia’s economic and security ‘national interests’. We focus on the causes not the symptoms of poverty and inequality, and campaign for aid and development that promotes social and environmental justice. We challenge Australian government agencies, international financial and trade institutions, corporations and NGOs that use aid, trade and other foreign policy mechanisms to undermine the ability of communities in the Global South to determine their own futures.


Our vision

A world free from political and economic inequality, in which aid is no longer necessary and people can determine their own futures within a global framework of mutual respect for one another and for the environment.


Our values


  1. We believe in partnership and community

We are committed to global justice and equality. We campaign as much for our futures as for the futures of others, recognising that they are intertwined. We are respectful of the different approaches and views of others in the movement for global justice. We acknowledge and aim to strengthen the power and agency of communities, those most disadvantaged through structures of power, and those who are silenced or excluded from participating in political and decision making processes.


  1. We believe in solidarity not charity

We are driven by our relationships of solidarity with civil society groups, networks and movements in the South. We believe that for change to happen, we must support people most affected in the struggle against injustice and inequality.


  1. We are independent and fearless

We are a member-based organisation. We do not take funds from governments or corporations. We are autonomous and independent in our ability to critically comment and are uncompromising in advocating for social and environmental justice. We respect diversity of ideas and work to generate meaningful public dialogue. We are free from commitments to any government, political ideology, religion, or economic interest.


  1. We are informed and transformative

Our campaigns are grounded in experience and our research is thorough and constructive. We believe in building alternative futures, founded on experience and on community-level capacity.


  1. We are activist and movement-based

We are a member-driven activist organisation with connections to other organisations with a common purpose. Our campaigns provoke public debate to generate engagement with aid and development issues, and to inspire public participation in efforts to transform development policies and practices.

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