Menu
News

Claims foreign aid cuts hurt girls' education

ABOUT 220,000 poor girls in developing countries could miss out on school because of Australian foreign aid cuts, an aid lobby group has claimed.

The Plan International analysis of federal data showed despite commitments to help poverty-stricken girls, the 20% cut in foreign aid in the next financial year could hit the poor.

PI chief executive Ian Wishart said the cuts could mean 220,000 fewer girls would be enrolled in school and 400,000 fewer girls would be immunised.

The analysis came as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed Australia would provide $250 million over five years for vaccines in developing nations.

The government has provided the funding for the past five years, with Ms Bishop said the funding would help "Australia's closest neighbours" maintain existing immunisation programs.

Topics:  australia education foreign aid training and education


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

BlazeAid rebuilding fences and lifting spirits

HELPING OUT: Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with BlazeAid volunteer Joan Adams and donations for the volunteers at the Murgon camp.

Donations still needed for volunteers

Three words could throw shoppers into 'chaos'

TRADING BLOWS: Legislation changes could have devastating impacts on regional traders.

Queensland trading laws need to be simplified.

Burnett's struggle for more doctors

HEALTH NEEDS: Blackbutt Family Medical Centre practice manager Jeff Connor.

It's tough attracting graduate doctors to the rural centre.

Local Partners