This year’s federal budget is a ‘mixed bag’ according to the analysis of Micah Challenge:



The aid budget will grow by $518 million from last year, reaching almost $5.7 billion dollars, or 0.37% of Gross National Income (GNI). And while this is very welcome news, lifting aid to its highest level as a proportion of our national income since 1985, it's also not the only side to the story.



The commitment to increase aid to 0.5% GNI has been pushed back for the second year in a row – now expected to be reached in 2017-18. The effect of these two delays has been to remove around $4.8 billion from planned aid spending over the period 2012–16 . . .



The Government confirmed as well that they would again use $375 million of the aid budget to process, detain and support onshore asylum-seekers, making Australia the third largest recipient of its own overseas aid, after Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.



In particularly good news, the funding to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programs increased by 70% from $164 million last year to $279 million in this budget.



Read more at Micah Challenge Australia.