Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced $4.6 million to help Palestinian refugees, including those affected by the conflict in Syria.
Senator Carr announced Australian support during a meeting with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi in Lebanon today (overnight May 24-25 AEST).
"Australia recognises UNRWA's extraordinary efforts in delivering vital health and relief services to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugee families in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan," Senator Carr said.
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.
Australia’s aid aims to save lives and help the poorest of the poor and that is the reason why we are working in the Palestinian Territories. Palestinians face poverty and disadvantage that has been prolonged by the complex nature of regional conflict and failures in the peace process in the Middle East.
AusAID and UNICEF are working together to provide schools in the West Bank and Gaza with adequate water supplies and sanitation services.
Two years ago, more than half the government schools in the Palestinian Territories lacked minimum acceptable water and sanitation access.
Half the population of Gaza is under the age of 18. For these children, life has been characterised by conflict, poverty and despair.
Throughout the year, children in Gaza schools spend their days in overcrowded classrooms, not having the opportunity to take part in any extracurricular activities because of the high demand for classroom space and teaching staff just to provide basic education to students.
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.
By Monica Awad
HEBRON, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 11 April 2011 – For the first time ever, students at the Al Shioukh elementary school for girls in the West Bank city of Hebron have access to their own sanitation facilities.
The 450 students who attend Al Shioukh had long suffered from a lack of proper sanitation. Until December 2010, the young girls there had to use the facilities at the Dalal Al Mughrabi secondary school, a nearby girls’ school with 600 students.
AusAID Media Release
BOB MCMULLAN MP
FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
CARE International in the West Bank and Gaza has expanded its water sector activities to implement the project entitled "Improving minimum access to safe water to conflict affected communities in the occupied Palestinian territory". Funded from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the project targets six watery needy communities in Jenin Governorate in the West Bank.
Australia will contribute humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, El Salvador and the Palestinian Territories to help provide food, shelter and basic services to people adversely affected by natural disasters and conflict.
In the Philippines, Australia will provide $8 million to help those affected by the typhoons that struck the Philippines in September and October this year. This is in addition to Australia's initial assistance of $3 million in food aid and emergency supplies.
More than 10 million people have been affected by the typhoons.
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE HON JULIA GILLARD MP DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MINISTER FOR EDUCATION MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION AND THE HON STEPHEN SMITH MP MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Visiting the Palestinian Territories today, the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard announced that Australia will provide $10 million for essential services such as education and health care for the Palestinian people.
The assistance, provided through the World Bank-managed trust fund, will help the Palestinian Authority build effective institutions to deliver these …
Australia announced a doubling of the level of its development assistance to the Palestinian Territories at a major donors' conference in Paris on 17 December.
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I have announced a further Australian contribution of $3 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees in the Palestinian territories. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will receive $2 million and $1 million will be allocated to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
These contributions are part of the continuing humanitarian and development assistance that Australia provides to the Palestinian people. They bring total estimated aid flows to the Palestinian people in 2003-2004 to $11 million.
Australia's bilateral program to the Middle East will continue to address the urgent social and economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza, through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Australian and local Palestinian NGOs. In 2002, a new initiative with NGOs will increase food security and self-sufficiency. Beneficiaries will include farmers and their families in the poorest region in Gaza.