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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.

26 Apr 2013 description

Long-standing friendship

Each year, the Australian High Commission in Pakistan hosts a series of events known as ‘Australia Day in Spring’.

The events—held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad—celebrate and build on the long-standing friendship between Australia and Pakistan. Friends of the Australian community come together to acknowledge economic and trade ties and the contribution Australia makes to peace and stability in Pakistan.

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.’

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.

30 Dec 2012 description


Reducing the burden of poor maternal, neonatal, and child health ill-health requires improvements in both the supply and use of effective maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services. The financial costs of treatment are known globally to be a major barrier to accessing essential care, potentially imposing considerable burdens on households.

30 Dec 2012 description


This policy brief presents findings from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLSMS) 2005–06, and the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) Survey 2006–07 (Federal Bureau of Statistics 2006 and 2007). The PSLSMS 2005–06 is a nationally representative household survey of 15,453 households, while the CWIQ 2006–07 survey sample include 73,953 households.

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

Pakistan’s 2010 monsoonal floods were one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the last 50 years. More than 20 million people were affected. Vast areas of land were under water. Homes, hospitals, roads, bridges and schools were washed away.

11 Dec 2012 description

In Pakistan, 109 million people, or 63 per cent of the population, live in rural areas. Agriculture is the backbone of employment in rural areas and generates 21 per cent of Pakistan’s GDP, not to mention providing a level of security in food and nutrition for families and communities throughout the country. A powerful example of this is Pakistan’s dairy sector. Dairy is by far the largest livestock sector in the country and its output makes Pakistan the fourth largest producer of milk in the world. Domestic demand is also expected to at least treble by 2020.

20 Jun 2012 description
AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework
AusAID—NGO Cooperation Program

AusAID’s Civil Society Engagement Framework sets out how Australia will work more effectively with civil society organisations (CSOs), in Australia and overseas, to increase the impact of aid for the world’s poorest people.

The Framework provides a clear direction for engaging with Australian and international civil society organisations such as CARE, ChildFund, the Global Poverty Project, UN Women, The Red Cross and World Vision Australia.

Why the Civil Society Engagement Framework is important

Through AusAID’s NGO cooperation in 2011-12:

08 May 2012 description

8 May 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the introduction of a Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework which will guide the growth of the Australian aid budget over the next four years.

'Australia's commitment to international development efforts is contributing to real results,' Mr Carr said.

'Poverty is decreasing in every region of the world, but more remains to be done.

12 Jan 2012 description

As the world struggles with the enormous challenge of climate change, educating communities is vital, especially in developing countries where the poorest are most at risk of the impacts.

Poor people in developing countries often depend on the natural environment for their income, and for their food and water supplies. They often live in areas susceptible to changing weather patterns such as low-lying coastal and arid areas.

As a result, poor people in developing countries are more vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods and other natural disasters.

04 Nov 2011 description

Parliament House, Canberra
Speech, E&OE, check against delivery
2 November 2011

Thank you for that warm introduction.

Can I make a bold suggestion? Those folks who are over there, do you mind coming over this way? As I find it pretty odd making a speech here to, however important Bongiorno and Riley might think they are.

18 Oct 2011 description
Somalia + 6 others
World Food Day

Anti-Poverty Week, 16–22 October

Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual international Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.

Anti-Poverty Week aims to:

  • increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia

  • encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

26 Sep 2011 description

Australia is helping to deliver lifesaving relief items to families affected by monsoonal flooding in Pakistan's Sindh province.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced $6 million to respond to the worsening flood situation. The package includes food, health, and water and sanitation services.

"Many communities in Sindh are still struggling to recover from damage caused by last year's floods," Mr Rudd said.

"At least 240 people are known to have died and 5.4 million people have been affected by this year's flooding.

16 Sep 2011 description

Pakistan’s current flood crisis is worsening with more than five million people affected and more than 200 people having lost their lives in Sindh.

As Pakistan still tries to recover from last year's record floods, the latest heavy rains have affected more than 30,000 villages.

With large swathes of land underwater, around 270,000 people are estimated to be living in 2,000 relief camps.

Aid agencies report that many have lost their crops and livestock for the second time in a year with the devastation striking the country's main breadbasket.

19 Aug 2011 description

This year's World Humanitarian Day, Friday 19 August, comes at a time when the world mobilises to respond to the terrible humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

The Horn of Africa crisis has highlighted the devastating effects that protracted crises can have on the lives and livelihoods of people. Rising food prices, severe drought and a lack of food have compounded the effects of conflict and insecurity, leaving more than 12 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

06 Jul 2011 description

In November 2010, the Government commissioned the first independent review of the aid program in 15 years. Its purpose was to assess the effectiveness of our current program and recommend how we can make it even better as it grows.

The "Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness" and the Government’s response were released on 6 July 2011 by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, in an official launch at Parliament House, followed by a Ministerial Statement to Parliament.

23 Oct 2010 description

Joint media release:

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence


23 October 2010

The Australian Medical Task Force has successfully completed its aid mission in Pakistan and is returning to Australia.

The AusAID and Australian Defence Force (ADF) led Task Force was deployed at the request of the Pakistan Government to help relieve the immediate burden on local medical services following the devastating floods in July 2010.