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Development assistance in Palau

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Australia's partnership with Palau

On 1 January 2022, the Republic of Palau graduated from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) List of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Recipients.
2021-22 bilateral allocation [budget estimate] for North Pacific
$5.0 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate] for North Pacific
$11.1 million
2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget estimate] to North Pacific
$16.7 million

Post-graduation program

Australia has allocated $4 million per year from 2022-23 in non-ODA funds to support Palau after it graduated from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) List of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Recipients on 1 January 2022. This funding will enable Australia to continue its bilateral cooperation with Palau in areas of mutual interest, as well as enable Palau to continue to participate in Australian-led and ODA-funded Pacific regional initiatives. It will not be reported as ODA.

Australian post-graduation funding to Palau will support continued investments in women's empowerment, maritime security, oceans, infrastructure, private sector development, and supporting regional recovery from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, including the downturn of Palau's tourism industry.

Achieved program activities

Under development cooperation with Palau prior to its graduation from ODA, Australia supported development activities to:

  • permanently remove over 18,736 pieces of unexploded ordnance from Koror and Peleliu, freeing land and marine areas for infrastructure, agriculture, housing, tourism and community use
  • reform Palau's ICT sector and increase access to high-quality, low-cost internet services
  • assist 22 Palauans gain tertiary qualifications linked to Palau's development priorities between 2012 and 2022, with further 2 scholars scheduled to commence in 2023
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