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Development assistance in South and West Asia

Australia’s development partnership with South Asia (Regional Program)

How we are helping

2020-21 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$13.8 million
2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$18.6 million
2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget actual]
$16.2 million

Pillar 1 – health security

Australia is supporting partner countries’ health systems to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic via multilateral organisations, the United Nations system and NGOs. Australia provides funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), Medicines for Malaria and the TB Alliance, supporting South Asia’s response to the pandemic. Our support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) will help to mitigate the risk that COVID-19 will reverse progress made against HIV and tuberculosis in South Asia.

We will continue to provide access to sexual and reproductive health support to women and girls, including those with disabilities. Our investments with the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are working in humanitarian settings across South Asia.

Further information on global programs addressing health security.

Pillar 2 – stability

Australia is contributing to broader stability and cohesion in South Asia through programs aimed at facilitating cross border cooperation and linkages, including through our water, agriculture and scholarship programs. We continue to support efforts to end violence against women in the region and work with multilateral humanitarian partners to address acute need. Recognising the potential for COVID-19 related food insecurity to impact regional stability, partners including ACIAR and CSIRO, are carrying out critical food systems research and analysis to inform future policy.

Further information on programs addressing stability in South Asia (Regional Program).

Pillar 3 – economic recovery

Australia is contributing to South Asia’s economic recovery by supporting cross-border supply chains, trade facilitation policy reforms, regional collaboration in planning and implementing major investment projects, and private sector investment in physical connectivity.

Further information on programs addressing economic recovery in South Asia (Regional Program).

A summary of results achieved in South and West Asia (Regional Program) can be found at 2019-20 South Asia Regional Development Program Progress Report.

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

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