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Development assistance in Pakistan

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Australia’s development partnership with Pakistan

How we are helping

2021-22 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$0.0 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$8.0 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget actual]
$29.1 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 (KP) Province. Longer-term humanitarian assistance is improving hygiene, maternal and reproductive health outcomes, and broader health system preparedness. We will continue to support programs that improve critical health services such as 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.

Further information on programs addressing health security in Pakistan.

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 essential services such as for maternal health. In Pakistan we will concentrate on Balochistan and on the fragile former tribal areas in KP.

Further information on programs addressing stability in Pakistan.

Pillar 3 – economic recovery

Australia will advocate in support of free trade and sound policy settings that promote inclusive growth and sustainable recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. We will work in regions and sectors where we can deliver the greatest benefits for disadvantaged and marginalised groups, particularly women and girls. We will encourage Pakistan to build on recent successes in water cooperation. Through ACIAR, Australia is providing expertise to improve the productivity of food systems.

Australia will continue to work alongside partners in Pakistan to improve economic recovery. We will explore opportunities for two-way trade diversification following the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further information on programs addressing economic recovery in Pakistan.

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

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