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Development assistance in the Palestinian Territories

Australia’s development partnership in the Palestinian Territories

2021-22 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$17.1 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$29.8 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget actual]
$44.1 million

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $29.8 million in total ODA to the Palestinian Territories (PTs) in 2020-21. Australia's development cooperation  is a demonstration of our practical and genuine commitment to the Palestinian people. Australia remains committed to a two-state solution in which Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist in peace and security, within internationally recognised borders.

Australia has a long history of supporting Palestinians. The Palestinian Territories COVID-19 Development Response Plan sets out the priorities for the development program in the COVID-19 context. These priorities aim at contributing to health security, stability and economic recovery in the PTs.

The Australia Awards program contributes to the education of future leaders in areas of economic recovery and long-term resilience (including the agriculture, public policy and water sectors). We continue to support a number of scholars who remain in Australia completing their studies.

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

Health Security

We are providing humanitarian support through multilateral humanitarian partners, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). These partners are key to delivering health services to vulnerable Palestinians and are frontline COVID-19 responders.

Stability

Australia is working with a range of partners to ensure food security, social protection mechanisms for refugees, appropriate referral systems for survivors of domestic violence during the pandemic, and access to clean water and sanitation to at-risk populations in Gaza.

Economic Recovery

Australia's support through the Australian Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement Phase 3 (AMENCA 3) market systems development program is assisting Palestinian farmers to maintain food security during lockdowns and to help combat the pandemic's economic impact. In 2020, the AMENCA 3 program pivoted to address COVID-19.

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