After much debate, the 2015 Australian Budget is out. Jennifer Fang, the newest member of the WhyDev team, investigates its implications for foreign aid and what it says about Australia's priorities.
We spend a lot of time and energy lamenting what isn't on the agenda when it comes to poverty and development. But Weh Yeoh asks the more important question: who sets the agenda? How do those who are not in positions of power make their priorities known?
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, recently announced a new policy of regional deterrence for asylum seekers hoping to settle in Australia. The policy included the ability to buy un-seaworthy boats from Indonesian fishermen. In an exclusive for WhyDev, Brendan Rigby managed to dig up the original email that Abbott sent to Indonesian fishermen.
In the wake of the Australian government's aid cuts, Lewis Best asserts it's time for advocates to switch their focus from hitting a certain level of funding to a more ambitious goal of ending poverty.
Frustrated by Australian political parties' refugee policies in the lead-up to this weekend's election, Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte decides to wade into the policy arena. There she sees the underwhelming response of politicians, but also learns the benefits of joining a community to advocate for an issue.