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Development assistance in Tuvalu

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Australia’s development partnership with Tuvalu

2023-24 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
$11.4 million
2023-24 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$17.1 million
2022-23 total Australian ODA [actual]
$21.4 million
2021-22 total Australian ODA [actual]
$14.9 million

Australia's approach to development is set out in the new International Development Policy and accompanying Performance and Delivery Framework, alongside the Development Finance Review. Australia and Tuvalu will finalise a Development Partnership Plan in 2024.

Australia and Tuvalu cooperate closely on security and development and will continue working together to realise the vision of the Te Kete (Tuvalu's National Development Strategy) of 'a peaceful, resilient and prosperous Tuvalu'.

Climate and Disaster Resilience

The Australian Government is taking meaningful action on climate change – at home and in partnership with Tuvalu. Australia shares the belief, as set out in the Boe Declaration of 2018, that climate change is the 'single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific'.

Australia provided approximately $2.6 million in climate finance to Tuvalu from 2022‑23. This included $2 million in support to Tuvalu's long-term climate adaptation priority, the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP).

At the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in November 2023, Prime Minister Albanese announced an additional contribution of $16.9 million for the next phase of TCAP. TCAP will expand land in Funafuti by around 6 per cent and will help address issues of overcrowding and limited space for key infrastructure. The new land will also provide a barrier to protect existing land and buildings and is critical to protect the lives, livelihoods and culture of Tuvaluans in the face of climate change. Additionally, a range of regional and global climate change investments are working directly to build climate change and disaster resilience in Tuvalu.

Australia is also proud to partner with Tuvalu on Tuvalu's Long‑Term Adaptation Plan (L‑TAP) under the UN Secretary General's Adaptation Pipeline Accelerator initiative.

Australia supports the Pacific to prepare for and respond to disasters by ensuring our assistance is Pacific-led and builds local response capability.

More information is available at Australia's humanitarian logistics capability and relief supplies.

More information is available at the publication Tuvalu - Australia's commitment to strengthening climate and disaster resilience in the Pacific

Health

Australia remains committed to working with Tuvalu on our shared health priorities.

Australia is supporting critical health positions at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Funafuti. These positions build on the deployment of additional nurses to the PMH during the pandemic and will help ensure people in Tuvalu can access quality health care.

Australia worked closely with Tuvalu through COVID-19 to support preparedness and response. This included: the provision of 20,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines; support for vaccine cold chain and community engagement; the long-term deployment of a biomedical engineer and a laboratory scientist; short-term nurse deployments; and implementation of health information systems to digitise COVID-19 immunisation records and strengthen supply chains. Our assistance through COVID-19 bolstered Tuvalu's capacity to respond to dengue and suspected typhoid outbreaks in early 2023.

Education

Australia has a strong commitment to education and skills in the Pacific.

Through the 'Tuvalu and Australia Partnership for Quality Education' (TAPQE) Program ($10 million 2022-27), we are working together to support quality and inclusive education in Tuvalu's schools, including a focus on literacy and numeracy and the Ministry of Education's people and systems.

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), which has operated in Tuvalu since 2007, and has supported over 800 Tuvaluan APTC graduates and expanded into hospitality, tourism, meatworks, aged care and construction.

Gender and Disability

Australia has developed a Gender Equality Country Plan for Tuvalu, in close consultation with the Tuvalu Government and partners, that aligns to Tuvalu's National Gender Equity Policy. The plan aims to ensure equal opportunities and rights for all women and men to develop their full potential to participate in the economic, social, political and cultural development of Tuvalu and to realise the vision of the Te Kete (Tuvalu's National Development Strategy) of 'a peaceful, resilient and prosperous Tuvalu'.

We will continue to work together to assess the needs of vulnerable populations and to promote gender equality and women's empowerment – an important and ongoing core focus of all our programs.

Infrastructure

The Australian Government is responding to the infrastructure deficit in the region and supporting the needs of our Pacific partners through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).

Australia will provide $21.4 million (USD$15 million) in co-financing to the Asian Development Bank to support upgrades to two of Tuvalu's critical boat harbours. The project will rehabilitate the Niutao Harbour and construct new harbour facilities at Nui, which will bolster transport connectivity for passengers and cargo. This critical infrastructure will also strengthen Tuvalu's resilience to climate change and deliver significant local job opportunities, including opportunities for women.

Sustainable Economic Development

Australia supports Tuvalu's economic development by contributing to the Tuvalu Trust Fund to enable Tuvalu to achieve greater financial autonomy in managing its budget and build a long-term revenue source. Australia also provides budget support to Tuvalu and works together with other development partners on Tuvalu's agreed economic reform agenda. In addition, Australia is strengthening Tuvalu's capacity for economic and social reform by providing technical assistance in key areas of government.

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