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09 Jan 2014 description

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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.

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30 Jul 2013 description

Plan to protect vulnerable people in the wake of humanitarian crises

Minister for International Development Melissa Parke today released a strategy that will guide the efforts of Australia’s aid program in protecting the rights of people left vulnerable by humanitarian disasters.

AusAID’s Protection in Humanitarian Action Framework will outline the agency’s approach to protecting the safety, dignity and rights of conflict and disaster-affected populations.

05 Jul 2013 description

Melissa Parke, Minister for International Development, has welcomed the United Nations report showing that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are making good progress.

Released by the United Nations Secretary General in Geneva, the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 says that some of the MDGs are already met, and many other targets are within reach by the 2015 deadline.

MDGs that have already been achieved include:

  • halving extreme poverty (MDG 1)

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.

05 Jun 2013 description

This year, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and its partners are asking people to think about the amount of food they waste on World Environment Day with the slogan: Think. Eat. Save external website.

An incredible 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted in kitchens, supermarkets and restaurants around the world each year—equal to the amount of food produced in sub-Saharan Africa annually.

30 May 2013 description

Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised and excluded members of society. They are less likely to attend school, have limited access to appropriate medical and social services, and may not have the opportunity to participate in community and recreational activities with their peers.

Australia today joins UNICEF in hosting the global launch of UNICEF’s flagship annual report The State of the World’s Children—Children with Disabilities [external link, PDF 4.10mb] in Da Nang, Vietnam. This is the first time the report focuses on children with disabilities.

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.

03 May 2013 description

The Australian aid program was recognised for its global leadership on disability-inclusive approaches in humanitarian settings at an event in New York on 2 May 2013.

The prestigious ‘Voices of Courage’ award was presented to Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Gary Quinlan, by the Women’s Refugee Commission, an international non-government organisation that seeks to advance the rights and dignity of refugees. Two former refugees, Dahabo Hassan Maow and Atim Caroline Ogwang Atanga, also shared their stories and received awards.

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.

08 Feb 2013 description

AusAID today launched its latest Child Protection Policy, as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting children around the world.

'The Australian aid program has no higher priority than the protection of children from any form of exploitation or abuse,' Director General Peter Baxter said.

'AusAID works every day to promote and protect children’s rights, including increasing children’s access to education and health services - that’s why we take our responsibility to protect children seriously.'

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.

21 Dec 2012 description

Australia is assisting Pacific nations better prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather, with a focus on building resilience throughout the region to the impacts of climate change.

Australia’s funding includes:

  • $32 million over the next four years to support 14 Pacific countries to use local weather, climate and sea level data to plan for unusual and extreme weather

  • $16 million over the next four years to help Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga build their resilience to natural disasters

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.

18 Dec 2012 description

Australia is partnering with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Brazil to pre-position more than 11,000 tonnes of food to prepare for natural hazards and combat food insecurity for an estimated 640 000 people in Central America.

Australia’s contribution of $2 million in April 2012 enabled WFP to begin positioning 5,000 tonnes of food in warehouses close to vulnerable populations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

17 Dec 2012 description
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An Effective Aid Program for Australia

In Effective Aid [PDF 1.94mb], the Australian Government signalled its intention to increase the share of the Australian aid program supporting multilateral organisations to deliver effective development results.

17 Dec 2012 description

Australia continues to demonstrate regional leadership and a commitment to ending poverty in the Asia-Pacific region by increasing the contribution to the Asian Development Fund. The Asian Development Fund supports developing countries by providing highly concessional loans and grants for inclusive and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

14 Dec 2012 description

Africa

  • 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

12 Dec 2012 description

Rebuilding infrastructure is a critical need in areas emerging from violent conflict. By supporting infrastructure initiatives, Australia contributes to building an environment where jobs can be created, services are delivered and communities are connected.

12 Dec 2012 description

Building resilient communities, with the capacity, skills and internal strength to cope with and recover from adversity, is crucial to peacebuilding and statebuilding.