Posts Tagged ‘Foreign aid’

Strings attached: The reality behind NZ’s climate aid in the Pacific

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

The beach is vanishing, one day at a time. The sea approaches the coastal village. It will not be negotiated with. With seawater flooding the water table, crops that have fed the islanders for centuries are losing viability. The problem is invisible, under the people’s feet. But it demands change. Each year, the cyclones have Read more

Trump administration considers tying foreign aid to religious freedom

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Trump administration is considering tying foreign aid payments to how countries treat their religious minorities. Politico first reported the plan, which is currently being drafted as an executive order, which President Trump has yet to see. Critics argue the move is merely a political one, an effort to shore up support from evangelical Christians Read more

NGOs should use more people of faith

Monday, August 13th, 2018
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One of the region’s most experienced Pacific journalists suggests that countries such as Australia and New Zealand should use more people of faith in their development programmes. Bruce Hill has for many years reported for RNZ and ABC on Pacific issues. He says current secularism in the more developed nations is not exactly looked on with Read more

Climate Change: External Aid agencies “sidelining God”

Monday, June 12th, 2017
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An Australian academic has suggested that one reason for the failure interventions for climate change adaptation in Pacific Island communities by external aid agencies is the wholly secular nature of their messages. Patrick D Nunn is Professor of Geography at the Australian Centre for Pacific Island Research  and Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast. Read more

Wage gaps described as economic apartheid

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

A new study has found large wage gaps between expatriate and local staff in developing countries reduces the effectiveness of aid delivery. The report said some Pacific Island countries had taken to calling the dual salary system ‘economic apartheid’, with the ratio of expat to local salaries ranging from 2:1 to 10:1 for staff with Read more

Bishop: North Korea’s threats may be ploy to get aid

Friday, April 12th, 2013

North Korea’s threat of nuclear war may be a desperate ploy to get foreign aid without losing self-esteem, according to the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea. “It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem,” said Bishop Peter Kang U-Il Read more

Russia is buying support in the Pacific

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There are signs that Russia is buying support from Pacific nations according to Australia’s parliamentary secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, Richard Marles. He says there are signs that Russia’s recent aid projects in the Pacific were designed to buy support for its territorial claims in Europe. Russia has made development aid commitments to tiny Tuvalu Read more

British overseas aid not for Christian persecutors

Friday, November 4th, 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said British overseas aid decisions should take into account persecution against Christians. Cameron told the BBC that: “British aid should have more strings attached in terms of do you persecute people for their faith or their Christianity or do you persecute people for their sexuality.” Cameron’s comments were welcomed Read more