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27 May 2015 description


Please find herein the Joint NGO Statement ahead of the intergovernmental Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean being held on 29 May 2015 hosted by the Royal Thai Government in Bangkok. The signatories below represent more than 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations operating across Asia and the Pacific regions.

09 Jan 2014 description


This document summarises the achievements of mine action activities funded by Australia during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 through its bilateral and global mine action programs.


30 Jul 2013 description

Australia and Myanmar have reaffirmed their commitment to development cooperation, sharing their visions for a prosperous and stable Myanmar with an improved quality of life for all its people.

28 Jun 2013 description

Australia’s Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Asialink have hosted Australia’s first business engagement round table on Myanmar, held in Sydney on 19 June 2013. AusAID and Asialink, an Australian centre for building skills and understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia’s role in the region, brought together government, academia, business and representatives from Myanmar, including a high-level delegation led by Myanmar’s Deputy Minister for Commerce, H.E. Dr Pwint Hsan.

21 Jun 2013 description

New research commissioned by AusAID highlights the urgent need for increased action to prevent sexual violence during conflict and after crises. Hundreds of thousands of women are affected by sexual violence during conflict, and many more are at risk.

13 Jun 2013 description

On 31 May 2013, a 17-person high level delegation from Myanmar completed its first mining study tour in Australia. The study tour, hosted by AusAID, took place following the AusAID Mining for Development Conference and Global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Conferences held in Sydney from 20–24 May. The delegation included Myanmar Government Ministers, senior officials and civil society representatives, and was the first instance of government and civil society representatives from Myanmar coming together to formally engage on mining and development issues.

14 May 2013 description

Australia’s aid program will increase by $518 million in the 2013-14 budget to a record $5.7 billion – the equivalent of 0.37 per cent of gross national income (GNI) – the highest ODA/GNI level since 1985.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Australian Government remained committed to increasing its aid budget to 0.5 per cent of GNI but this would be delayed to 2017-18 due to a write-dow in Government revenues.

The Asia-Pacific region remains the aid program’s highest priority, and will receive about 86 per cent of country specific aid in 2013-14.

24 Apr 2013 description

On World Malaria Day 2013, 25 April, we reflect on the progress Australia and our partners have made to combat malaria in our region whilst recognising the challenges that remain.

The Asia–Pacific has made impressive progress in the fight against malaria. Between 2000 and 2010 there was an estimated 25 per cent decrease in the number of malaria cases and an even bigger decrease in the number of deaths.

22 Mar 2013 description

This year, World Water Day (March 22) highlights the importance of international efforts to preserve and protect the world’s shared water resources.

The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: ‘Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.’

28 Feb 2013 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced a further $2.5 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by conflict in Rakhine and Kachin States in Myanmar and to begin efforts to remove landmines.

More than 115,000 people in Rakhine State remain homeless from ongoing conflict and conditions for people in temporary shelters are deteriorating as the wet season begins.

Australia will provide $1.25 million for shelter, water and sanitation measures, bringing Australia’s total emergency aid for Rakhine State to more than $4.25 million.

25 Jan 2013 description

Release of the 2011-12 Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness

The inaugural Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness was released today by Foreign Minister Bob Carr. This new and important document is part of a suite of reforms flowing from the 2011 Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness. Its purpose is to inform Cabinet discussion of the four-year budget strategy outlined in the Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework and report on the aid program’s performance against the Framework.

20 Dec 2012 description

Management of water resources in South Asia is complex. One billion people, including some of the poorest in the region in Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh (as well as Myanmar and China), depend on flows from the Himalayas for their livelihoods and wellbeing. Access to water from the twelve major river basins can hinge on cooperation with neighbouring governments. Extreme environmental factors such as glacial floods, droughts and earthquakes further complicate the picture.

14 Dec 2012 description


  • Working with Germany to improve water and sanitation services in Zimbabwe, benefiting 1.65 million people.

  • With the UK, working to reduce extreme poverty, vulnerability and hunger by delivering regular, guaranteed cash transfers to over 900,000 chronically food-insecure people in northern Kenya.

  • With France, supporting reduced food insecurity in Africa by improving agricultural productivity, sustainability and resilience to climate change.

South-East Asia

11 Dec 2012 description

AusAID has observed International Human Rights Day by announcing the names and details of projects that will receive funding under its 2012 Human Rights Grant Scheme. A total of $3.7 million will be provided to 42 projects spanning the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.

Successful applicants include organisations working to improve access to victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Congo, ending the exploitation of children in the Solomon Islands, combatting human trafficking in Cambodia and improving awareness of civil rights in Myanmar.

21 Nov 2012 description

East Asian leaders have agreed to form an alliance with Pacific nations to accelerate the fight against malaria and overcome the emergence of drug-resistant strains of the disease.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, speaking in Phnom Penh at the East Asia Summit, committed $1 million to support the establishment of an Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.

Prime Minister Gillard said the Alliance will promote regional political leadership and collaboration on combating malaria.

01 Nov 2012 description

AusAID is playing a lead role in supporting Myanmar to fight the spread of drug-resistant malaria. The containment of drug-resistant malaria is one of the key themes of the Malaria 2012 Conference (Sydney, 31 October – 2 November), which is focusing on the challenge of containing and eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific region.

19 Oct 2012 description

Today is the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and a good time to reflect on the Australian aid program’s progress towards this important Millennium Development Goal.

The theme for this year’s day—‘Working together out of poverty’—highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

12 Jul 2012 description

Australia is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

About 55,000 men, women and children have been forced to leave their homes following the recent violence in the area. Reports indicate that 78 people are dead, 87 injured and around 3000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed.

09 Jun 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced a major new education package to train more teachers, lift student attendance and provide nutritious meals at primary schools in Myanmar.

In addition, Senator Carr announced the Australian Government will increase the number of tertiary scholarships from 20 next year to 50 by 2015.

Senator Carr said this new Australian assistance to be provided through AusAID will give hope and opportunity to children in the poorest country in Southeast Asia.

08 Jun 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced that Australia will provide $5 million as an initial contribution to promote peace in Myanmar's conflict-affected regions.

Senator Carr said recent ceasefire agreements in many parts of the country mean peace is within the grasp of the people of Myanmar for the first time in many decades.

"This is the right moment to provide aid through the Peace Support Initiative that will help conflict-torn communities to recover and build confidence in the peace process," Senator Carr said.