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Sub-Saharan Africa Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2022-23: $103.3 mil
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD1,578 (2021)
Population: 1.2 billion (2021)

Australian ODA 2020-21 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Estimated Outcome ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 16.1 14.8 145.0
Regional 3.7 2.5 2.7
Global 62.6 77.8 64.1
Other Government Departments 6.4 8.2 5.4
Total Aust. ODA to Sub-Saharan Africa 88.8 103.3 87.2
Percentage total Aust. ODA 2.0% 2.2% 1.8%

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

Australian ODA to Sub-Saharan Africa by Sector Group 2022-23 Budget Estimate Pie Chart.  3% Economic Infrastructure and Services.  19% Agriculture, Trade and other production sectors.  12% Governance.  6% Education.  13% Health.  39% Humanitarian.  8% Multisector and general development support.

Australia delivers a well-targeted development program in Africa to help build food security and resilience, strengthen government capacity in key sectors, empower vulnerable communities, and share knowledge on climate adaptation and renewable energy.

Our development cooperation programs utilise Australian skills and technical expertise in education, agriculture, health, mining, and science and technology wherever possible. We ensure a strong focus on gender equality and disability inclusion across all of our activities and partnerships.

Strategic direction

  • Australia's engagement with Africa reflects the diverse challenges and opportunities across the African continent. 
  • We are providing immediate, lifesaving humanitarian support for those impacted by devastating drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere, through our UN and Australian NGO partnerships.
  • Through high quality education and training programs, and deployments of technical experts, we are helping African nations to build capabilities, including in climate change adaptation, climate-resilient agriculture and water security.
  • We are also reaching communities in Africa with assistance that helps them recover from the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, and creates safe and supportive environments for women and youth.

Program highlights

  • Australia Awards Masters Scholarships and courses on climate adaptation and mitigation, and renewable energy
  • Humanitarian funding to address food security, including in the Horn of Africa
  • Deployments of Australian expertise through Australia Assists and the United Nations Junior Professional Officer Program
  • Funding to ACIAR to expand agricultural and climate change related projects in Africa
  • Digital Earth Africa, a tool mapping impacts of climate change across the continent
Priority Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 1, No poverty. Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing. Goal 4, Quality Education.  Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy. 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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