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Afghanistan Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $50.0m
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD$500 (2020)
Population: 40.1M (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Estimated Outcome ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 49.9 50.0 50.0
Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Global/other 26.8 1.3 0.0
Other Government Departments 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total Aust. ODA to Afghanistan 76.7 51.3 50.0

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals

Australian ODA to Afghanistan by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 0% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 0% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 3% Governance. 15% Education. 0% Health. 82 Humanitarian. 0% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia is prioritising the provision of vital lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable in Afghanistan. Our support, delivered mainly through UN partners, provides food, shelter, health and education services, and supports the protection and empowerment of women and girls.

Afghanistan is facing one of the world's most severe and protracted humanitarian crises. Decades of violence, recurrent natural disasters, poverty, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have left the Afghan people vulnerable. The UN estimates that 28.3 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 15.2 million children.

Strategic direction

In September 2021, Australia pivoted its development program in Afghanistan to support humanitarian activities. This recognises the acute needs facing the Afghan people and complexities delivering assistance in Afghanistan, due to sanctions obligations.

DFAT has continued to deliver humanitarian aid funding through UN partners, in line with the Regional Humanitarian Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan 2021-2024. UN partners represent the most appropriate mechanism to deliver food security, health and protection assistance to the most vulnerable. Partners have demonstrated experience in accessing affected populations, negotiating with the Taliban, and ensuring compliance with sanctions.

Program highlights

  • Australia has committed $141 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the Afghanistan crisis from 2021 to 2024
  • Through the World Food Programme, Australia is supporting food, nutrition and livelihoods
  • Through the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund, Australia is providing multi sector support including shelter, food security and protection
  • Through the United Nations Population Fund, Australia is supporting sexual and reproductive health, psychosocial counselling and protection services
  • Australia is supporting education programs for vulnerable girls and boys in Afghanistan
  • Through UN Partners, Australia is also supporting internally displaced people in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries hosting Afghan refugees.


Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing, Goal 4, Quality Education, Goal 5, Gender Equality, Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.
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