Australia must lift game on Syria donations: Oxfam

AUSTRALIA and other rich countries must increase aid to the millions of Syrians affected by conflict when they meet at the London donors' conference this week, Oxfam said.

Little more than half the $12.6 billion needed to help people in Syria and surrounding countries was raised globally in 2015, and Oxfam analysis published today shows Australia's aid commitment was dwarfed by many other countries.

"Australians showed a huge outpouring of compassion and support for the Syrian people last year, but unfortunately the Australian Government did not match this when it came to contributing its fair share of aid for those affected by the Syrian crisis," Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke said.

"The Australian Government gave $67.7 million to Syrian crisis appeals in 2015, just 37% of its fair share of $169 million."

Dr Szoke said the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and Kuwait all gave more than 150% of their share.

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