Position paper

COVID-19 has delivered a once-in-a-lifetime shock to global development. The world economy was plunged into its deepest recession since the Great Depression. More than 44 million people in 38 countries are now on the brink of famine. The war in Ukraine has given rise to the greatest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since World War II.

These once-in-a-lifetime crises offer the Australian Parliament the chance to make once-in-a-lifetime choices and take once-in-a-lifetime action – to rise to overcome these challenges and put Australia at the heart of the global response.

World Vision is advocating that both sides of Parliament:

  • Pilot a $60 million green recovery package for East Africa and the Pacific with an innovative combination of proven nature-based solutions to combat climate change
  • Restore 50 million hectares of degraded land overseas through natural regeneration, building community resilience and storing carbon at scale
  • Establish a $50 million Economic Inclusion Fund for Regional COVID-19 Recovery to rebuild livelihoods of the poorest
  • Make women’s economic empowerment, not economic infrastructure, the defining feature of Australia’s economic development assistance 
  • Invest $100 million over four years in a child-nutrition initiative to curb undernutrition and record stunting rates in the Pacific region
  • Set up a centre of excellence, the Indo-Pacific Centre for Maternal and Child Health, to share best practice and build capacity with partner countries
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