Task 2 - Individual Roles (individual task)

In this task, you are to research Australia's policies for the eradication of poverty from the perspective of an aid, trade or debt relief specialist. You are then to prepare a position paper on Maximising Australia's contribution to eradicating poverty.

Additional Information on Task 2


Roles: each member of your group will assume the role of either aid, trade or debt relief specialist. Each person is to assume a different role. If there are more than three people in a group, double up on roles but remember the work is to be completed individually.


Research: Use the provided resources to research your specialist area. You should be aware that underlying most resources is a certain ideology. There is additional information on the authors and organisations associated with these resources here.


Position paper: Each member of the group is to individually produce a 1000 word position paper on

Maximising Australia's contribution to eradicating poverty through aid, trade or debt relief depending on your role


Make sure you refer to these guidelines for researching and writing a position paper and check the position paper assessment rubric before you start



Role - Aid Specialist

Goal. Remember your goal as aid specialist is to maximise Australia's contribution to ending poverty through its use of foreign aid.


Research Aim. You should achieve the following through your research

    • undertstand aid
    • identify if its an effective tool in the eradication of poverty
    • identify and analyse Australia's policy stance on aid and development
    • determine what Australia should be doing (in the area of aid) to maximise its impact on the eradication of poverty.


Resources. Work your way through the following resources:

  • What is aid?

Wikipaedia article on Foreign Aid

AidWatch synopsis - tied aid


  • Aid and the reduction of poverty

New York Times Article - Foreign Aid has flaws. So what?

Sydney Morning Herald Article- Exposing the myth of third world aid

BBC News Article - Can Aid bring an end to poverty?


  • Australian Aid

Australian Bureau of Statistics Report on Australian Aid 2006

OECD Report - Australian Aid at a glance

Development Gateway Synopsis on Australia's overseas aid program White Paper 2006

Speech Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Age Newspaper Article - Aid and obligation

The Howard government, Australian Aid and the consequences

Make Poverty History - Expanding the Australian Aid Program in our Region


When you have completed this task move on to Task 3.


Trade Specialist


Goal. Remember your goal as trade specialist is to maximise Australia's contribution to eradicating poverty through trade.

Research Aim.You should achieve the following through your research

    • undertstand fair and free trade
    • identify if its an effective tool in the eradication of poverty
    • identify and analyse Australia's policy stance on trade and development
    • determine what Australia should be doing (in the area of trade) to maximise its impact on the eradication of poverty.

Resources. Work your way through the following Resources:

  • Definitions- Trade

Wikipedia article on Free Trade

Wikipedia article Doha Round

Wikipedia article on Fair Trade


  • Trade and the reduction of poverty
World Growth paper - MAKE TRADE FREE, How the Doha round can reduce poverty.
Oxfam Report - Mugged, Poverty in your coffee cup
Cairns Group Synopsis on benefits of agricultural reform


  • Australian Trade

Radio National - The Free Trade Crusade

AUSAid - the role of growth, aid and trade

FTAANZ Website

THe Age Article - The truth about aid, trade and poverty

The Age Article - PM, Lamy hopeful on Doha Round



When you have completed this task move on to Task 3.

Debt Relief Specialist

Goal. Remember your goal as debt relief specialist is to maximise Australia's contribution to eradicating poverty through debt relief.

Research Aim.You should achieve the following through your research

    • undertstand debt relief
    • identify if its an effective tool in the eradication of poverty
    • identify and analyse Australia's policy stance on debt relief and development
    • determine what Australia should be doing (in the area of debt relief) to maximise its impact on the eradication of poverty.

Resources.Work your way through the following Resources:

  • Defintions - Debt Relief

Wikipedia article on developing nation's debt

Wikipedia article on debt relief

IMF factsheet - Debt Relief under HIPC

    • Debt relief and the reduction of poverty

Guardian Unlimited Article - Aid worth 100bn 'fails those it is meant to help'

Jubilee Debt Campaign - Facts and Figures

Article by Franklin Cudjoe - Let Africa fight its own devils

Article by William Easterly - Debt Relief: Think again


  • Australia and debt relief
AUSAid Debt Relief: forgiving the debt of poor countries

ABC Online - Australia gives $136m to World Bank for debt relief

Aid/Watch Article - If Australia can forgive its deb to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Phillipines?

The World Today transcript - Aid agencies say Australia could do more for regional neighbours


When you have completed this task move on to Task 3.



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