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Pakistan Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $15.1 mil
Gross National Income Per Capita: US1,470 (2021)
Population: 231.4m (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 0.0 0.0 0.0
Regional 4.2 7.3 10.7
Global / Other 11.5 6.6 1.6
Other Government Departments 2.7 3.6 2.7
Total ODA to Pakistan 18.4 17.5 15.1

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

Australian ODA to Pakistan by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 4% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 18% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 4% Governance. 63% Education. 10% Health. 0% Humanitarian. 1% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia will maintain a targeted development presence in Pakistan through ongoing global and regional development programs.

Australia and Pakistan's bilateral relationship is longstanding. Though Australia's bilateral development program to Pakistan ended in 2019-20, several legacy investments, already fully funded, will continue to operate until 2024-25.

Strategic direction

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Australia's development cooperation program in Pakistan aims to:

  • address the impacts of climate change by supporting adaptation and mitigation and building the resilience of communities, including on water and sanitation;
  • promote social cohesion and stability by improving governance and providing humanitarian relief;
  • provide equitable access to health services for women, girls and children including on sexual and reproductive health services; and
  • support economic recovery by improving livelihood opportunities through Australian expertise.

Program highlights

In 2022-23, Australia supported:

  • food security, including through the provision of food aid, cash assistance and livelihood support for vulnerable populations;
  • access to clean, usable and drinkable water for two disadvantaged urban communities;
  • family planning and sexual and reproductive health services to vulnerable communities;
  • AUD 10.2 million in immediate humanitarian assistance in response to the 2022 floods in Pakistan to address emergency food, nutrition and livelihoods needs, including for women and children who remain disproportionately affected by the climate-induced disaster; and
  • a total of 24 Australia Awards Scholarship awardees (including 12 women) for 2022 and 2023 intakes to commence study in Australia.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1, No poverty.
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Goal 11, Sustainable cities and communities.
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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