Australia’s international aid program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia is working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver aid where it is most needed and most effective. The program also responds quickly to help vulnerable populations when disasters strike.
The aid program has contributed to significant achievements including wiping out polio from the Pacific, immunising more that 1.5 million children against measles and polio in Papua New Guinea, building the first bridge across the Mekong river in East Asia and providing clean water for almost 500,000 people in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
AusAID works with developing countries to identify their needs and develop the most effective ways of addressing them. AusAID has representatives in 37 countries around the world.
Australia is one of the 189 member states of the United Nations that pledged to work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve extreme poverty by 2015. The MDGs set milestones so that the world’s aid remains focused on, and achieves, a real reduction in poverty.
Through the MDGs, Australia’s aid is helping to address extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.
Aid funding in the 2011-12 Budget focuses on improving access to education; better maternal health for women and children; access to water and sanitation; tackling avoidable blindness; eliminating violence against women; and Australian volunteers.