Under the strategy, the government has developed five strategic goals for the overall aid program and defined ten specific development objectives that seek to give effect to these strategic goals. Regrettably, and contrary to the recommendations of many NGOs, the new strategy does not adopt, a human rights-based approach to aid and development. This is despite strong evidence that a human rights-based approach is empowering and can substantially enhance aid effectiveness and efficiency.
The ten development objectives include a commitment to strengthen civil society and to ‘improve security, enhance justice and human rights for poor people’. According to Minister Rudd, ‘human rights, for the first time therefore, has been formally included within the core development objectives of the Australian aid portfolio’.
PHIL LYNCH is Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.