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Development assistance in Pakistan

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Australia’s development partnership with Pakistan

How we are helping

2020-21 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$0.0 million
2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$11.0 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$32.2 million

Pillar 1 – health security

Australia is providing emergency assistance to respond to immediate COVID-19 health security challenges. For example, through the World Bank, we have helped procure ventilators and masks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Longer-term humanitarian assistance will improve hygiene, maternal and reproductive health outcomes, and broader health system preparedness. We will continue to support programs that improve critical health services such as through sustainable water and sanitation. Australia will contribute to routine immunisation and polio surveillance through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). We will advocate with partners on equity of access to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pillar 2 – stability

Australia will focus on providing humanitarian relief, addressing gender inequality and improving governance to support long-term stability in the region—which is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and external geopolitical factors. Australia’s Regional Humanitarian Strategy for the protracted humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan directs funding to displaced people and host communities on both sides of the border. Australia’s assistance includes support for vulnerable refugee communities to limit the spread of COVID-19 and provides basic services. In Pakistan we will concentrate on Balochistan and on the fragile former tribal areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pillar 3 – economic recovery

Australia will advocate in support of free trade and sound policy making that promotes inclusive growth and a long-term recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. We will focus on recovery in regions and sectors that stand to benefit the poor the most, particularly women and girls. We will encourage Pakistan to scale up development successes in relation to water cooperation. Through ACIAR, Australia will provide expertise to improve the productivity of food systems.

Australia will continue to work alongside partners in Pakistan to improve economic recovery, for example through development of commercial arrangements and exploring the potential of longer-term learning opportunities following the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia’s development efforts are set out in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.

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