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12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

18 Sep 2017 description

Today I announce the Australian Government will provide further assistance in response to widespread and devastating hunger and cholera in Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia.

The Government will contribute $30 million in humanitarian assistance for people in these countries who are facing the risk of famine due to conflict and drought.

In South Sudan and Somalia, millions have been forced to flee their homes and more than 13 million people require assistance. Australia is providing $20 million to support international relief efforts in the two countries.

29 May 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.

An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

03 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.

01 Mar 2017 description

The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan and has raised deep concerns about Somalia, which is on the brink of famine.

In South Sudan, more than seven million people require humanitarian assistance. Over one million children under five and nearly 340,000 women are acutely malnourished.

In Somalia, more than six million people require assistance. The risk of famine in Somalia is high and there are similarities to the conditions that led to famine in 2011.

29 Nov 2016 description

With the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the subsequent outbreak of violence in Juba in July 2016, the role of civil society in South Sudan is more vital than ever. Can a civil society, confident and well resourced, contribute to the political discourse, engage in nation building, hold public institutions to account and improve the transparency of public life? What can civil society do, and what role can it play in the political transition?

22 Jul 2016 description

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Somalia and countries in the Lake Chad basin is worsening due to the effects of El Nino and conflict in the region.

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide a further $17.5 million to support people suffering from severe hunger and malnutrition, and those displaced from their homes and in need of protection from conflict.

29 Oct 2015 description

Joint media release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

29 October 2015

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to South Sudan and Somalia due to conflict and ongoing violence.

Over 1.6 million people have been forced from their homes and millions more are facing food shortages as a result of the conflict.

18 Aug 2014 description

The Australian Government will provide a further $5 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan bringing Australia’s contribution to the crisis to over $18 million since conflict began.

The funding will go to the United Nation's South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund to support provision of emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance, and support for the protection of civilians.

20 May 2014 description

The Australian Government will provide an additional $2.6 million to address food shortages in South Sudan following renewed fighting and the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

Australia has provided $13.4 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan since the outbreak of the crisis in December 2013.

31 Jan 2014 description

The Australian Government will provide $3 million in emergency assistance for communities affected by continuing unrest in South Sudan in addition to $40 million already pledged.

The United Nation's Common Humanitarian Fund will use the additional funding to assist with urgent needs including the protection of civilians and the provision of food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance.

14 Jan 2014 description

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed its mission to deliver strategic airlift support to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after a recent outbreak in violence.

On 12 January, a RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft completed the last flight in support of peacekeeping after delivering equipment and transporting United Nations personnel to assist UNMISS.

RAAF personnel carried out a total of eight C-17A Globemaster flights and two C-130J Hercules flights to deliver approximately 200 tonnes of cargo and equipment to the UNMISS since 3 January.

06 Jan 2014 description

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster has landed in South Sudan carrying critical equipment and supplies to support the United Nations Mission in the country.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss announced on 26 December 2013, that the Australian Government offered a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster to the United Nations to support the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) following attacks on civilians and UN personnel.

29 Jan 2013 description

Australia has committed $5 million to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide food, medical assistance, water, shelter and protection for up to 245,000 refugees fleeing Sudan due to ongoing violence.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles announced the assistance while visiting villages along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

"Many of those who have fled are arriving in refugee camps suffering from dehydration and malnourishment and without the most basic possessions," Mr Marles said.

30 May 2012 description

30 May 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced a new $25 million contribution to the World Food Programme (WFP) during the first official visit to Australia by its Executive Director, Ms Ertharin Cousin.

Minister Carr said the money would address pressing needs in the Sahel, South Sudan and Pakistan.

"I am pleased we are able to announce an extra $10 million for the escalating food crisis in the Sahel and $5 million for WFP operations in South Sudan."

21 May 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced today that Australia will contribute an additional $16 million in much needed food and emergency medical assistance to respond to two major escalating crises in Africa.

Senator Carr said the money will assist millions of people affected by drought, local conflict, and the collapse of local markets.

"The food crises in West Africa and South Sudan are escalating at an alarming rate," Senator Carr said.

09 Feb 2012 description

Media release


9 February 2012

Australia is responding quickly to prevent a deepening food shortage in the Sahel region in Africa and address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that millions of people in the Sahel are in need of food following drought, reduced crop harvests and people movements from other parts of Africa affected by conflict, such as Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

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.

26 Sep 2011 description

Media Release
New York
24 September 2011

Today Australia formally established diplomatic relations with the world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.

In a meeting in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, signed a joint communiqué with his South Sudanese counterpart, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Nhial Deng Nhial, to formalise the relationship between the two countries.

20 Sep 2011 description

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in San Francisco to discuss cooperation between Australia and the US on international development on 15 September 2011.

They reaffirmed both countries’ shared commitment to tackling global development challenges as part of the Australia-United States Ministerial consultations (AUSMIN).