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Submission to the new DFAT International Development Policy by Children and Youth Focused INGOs

Plan International Australia, Childfund, Oaktree and Save the Children Australia, as child and youth focused international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), recommend that the new international development policy incorporates children and young people as a cross-cutting priority. This is in explicit recognition of the rights of the child, and the urgent and unique needs, circumstances and agency of both children and young people, particularly girls and young women. This should be achieved through both a standalone policy goal that promotes a focus on child and youth individuals, and integrated programming through a life cycle approach.

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ChildFund Australia and Plan International Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a co-authored submission to the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s consultation on the New International Development Policy.

We recognise the ongoing struggle for First Nations justice, the long and continuing history of discrimination and disenfranchisement of First Nations people in Australia, and the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples globally. Gender, climate, economic and racial justice are not possible without First Nations justice. We recognise the critical importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and that Indigenous children and girls are some of the most marginalised populations when it comes to the realisation of their rights. We recognise that in Australia and globally, First Nations and Indigenous children and young people are leading the fight for justice and systemic change. We stand in solidarity with them and their communities and commit to ongoing learning, deep and active listening.

In addition to the below recommendations, we call for:

Poverty alleviation to be the core purpose of Australia’s new international development policy, given the context of protracted conflict, COVID and climate change, whereby children and young people are disproportionately impacted by the resulting multidimensional poverty. We recommend that this underpinning purpose determine how and where Australia’s support through the aid policy is geographically directed.

Australia’s development policy to be at the heart of our foreign policy, and in doing so, Australia to adopt a feminist approach to all areas of foreign policy, including international development, which is informed by intersectional feminist analysis and in alignment with a First Nations foreign policy.

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ChildFund Australia pre-budget submission for the 2022-2023

ChildFund Australia is pleased to submit this pre-budget submission for the 2022-2023 period. In this document we propose 11 areas for investment, to strengthen existing commitments and to maximise impact for children and young people in Australia and across the region.

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