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Development assistance in the Philippines

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Pillar 2 – Stability in the Philippines

Australia's support to the Philippines seeks to foster inclusive, cohesive communities and help mitigate threats to regional security. This reinforces our strong defence and security cooperation provided through Australia’s Enhanced Defence Cooperation Program, and cooperation led by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Federal Police. Our peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao, home to some the country’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, contribute to stability.

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways)

$90 million (2017-26)

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao seeks to improve equitable participation of boys and girls in quality early grades (K-3) education in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), contributing to greater resilience, stability, peace and prosperity in the region. The program actively fosters collaboration among stakeholders to improve education policy and delivery in ways that support social cohesion and peacebuilding.

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Social Protection, Innovation and Policy Engagement

$11 million, 2015-2023

Funding under this initiative supports the Philippine Government address social protection reform areas on improvement of service delivery and development of implementation capacities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It supports DSWD to increase access and utilisation of social services by key vulnerable groups especially indigenous people, homeless street families and the disabled. Primarily, funds are used for technical assistance for capacity building, research, analytical and advisory activities in support of evidence-based decisions and policies.

Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected Mindanao

$90 million (2014-23)

Multi-faceted and long running sub-national conflicts in Mindanao, Philippines have contributed to widespread poverty and displacement. Under this initiative Australia is providing support to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - Government of Philippines (GPH) peace process, through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB) and other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Funds will be used to support the peace process and boost institutional capacity to implement the Peace Agreement. The total value of this initiative is $40 million over 8 years, starting 2013-14.

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Coalitions for Change (CFC)

$24 million (2018-2024)

Coalitions for Change Phase 2 (CfC) is a direct aid grant to The Asia Foundation (TAF) to collaborate with Philippine partners and organisations who advocate for policy reforms that aim to strengthen institutions and contribute to inclusive economic growth and social development. CfC supports policy makers and reform champions from government, civil society, academic community and the private sector in pursuing technically sound and politically possible reforms. CfC builds on the gains and lessons from Phase 1 under the Australia-Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines ($42 million, 2011-18). Phase 2 has a new, albeit small, component which aims to identify and develop the skills and knowledge of reform leaders and champions who could push for their own reforms or work with CfC. The program contributes to Australia’s development cooperation objective of building stronger institutions for transparent and accountable governance in the Philippines.

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SHIELD Against Disasters & Climate Change

$18 million (2021-26)

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) aims to make all people in target communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of disasters and climate change. SHIELD works with local governments to fund and implement informed and inclusive resilience actions, policy engagement and with Philippine scientific agencies on the production of tailored and accessible information for local resilience action.

SHIELD will be delivered by a consortium through a multi-stakeholder partnership approach in close collaboration with key Philippine Government partners. It will be implemented in 10 of the most vulnerable provinces to disaster and climate change impacts, in Metro Manila given its vulnerability to earthquake and economic significance, and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) given the increasing disaster and climate vulnerability of conflict-affected areas and the opportunity to exhibit humanitarian-development-peace nexus.


$8 million (2018-26)

SaferKidsPH supports the Philippine government in raising public awareness on child online safety, improving capacity of police and courts to detect, investigate and prosecute OSAEC cases, and ensuring that quality support services are accessible for vulnerable children and families. The program is aligned with Australia and Philippines’ shared commitments to protect children from all forms of abuse and exploitation, particularly online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC), and counter human trafficking. SaferKidsPH is delivered through the Australian Federal Police, and a consortium of UNICEF, Save the Children Philippines and The Asia Foundation, in partnership with communities, schools, private sector, international and local organisations and other like-minded donors.

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Philippines-Australia Scholarships and Alumni Program

$31 million (2017-25)

Our scholarships program supports the Philippines to achieve its development goals and have a positive relationship with Australia. The program builds capability in key Philippine Government organisations and sectors through a variety of short-term training, together with long-term scholarships for post-graduate study in Australia, through the Australia Awards Scholarships. This support helps agencies and private businesses become more efficient and effective by having access to a more skilled workforce. It also helps forge enduring institutional links between Australia and the Philippines.

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