Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

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Organization Overview

"The Australian Government's overseas 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.

Australian aid has helped our neighbours and countries further abroad to develop, and our aid program continues to grow. For example, Australian aid has wiped out polio from the Pacific. Australian aid has seen more than 1.5 million children immunized against measles and polio in Papua New Guinea.

We helped build the first bridge across the Mekong River in East Asia, boosting economic opportunities for millions of people living in the region. And our water supply and sanitation programs are providing clean water for nearly 500,000 people in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty. This also serves Australia’s national interests by promoting stability and prosperity both in our region and beyond. We focus our effort in areas where Australia can make a difference and where our resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed."

AusAID has active programs in Africa and the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America, East Asia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, and Southwest Asia.

Aid Effectiveness

"ustralia is committed to having an aid program that is world leading in its effectiveness. The international drive on aid effectiveness is about improving the way aid is delivered and managed to ensure it has the maximum positive impact on the lives of those it is intended for, reducing poverty and achieving value for money.

Australia has welcomed the outcome document from the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (November 2011)—the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [external website]. In particular, Australia welcomed the agreement reached in Busan to establish a new mechanism for international dialogue on aid effectiveness, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which reflects the changing reality of aid and development—including the increasing importance of development finance from emerging economies such as China and Brazil. The Busan outcome builds on the Paris Declaration (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008).

A number of external reviews of the Australian aid program confirm its progress on effectiveness. In November 2010 the Government commissioned an independent review of the effectiveness and efficiency of Australia’s aid program. It found that Australia was an effective performer by global donor standards.

The forthcoming Office of Development Effectiveness report The Quality of Australian Aid – an international perspective, drawing on analysis from the Brookings Institution found that the Australian aid program is one of the clear leaders in delivering aid effectively to fragile states. In 2009 a review by the Australian National Audit Office concluded that AusAID had managed the expansion of the aid program in a way that supported delivery of effective aid and had introduced changes that were consistent with the international aid effectiveness agenda. Also in 2009 the OECD concluded that Australia was strongly committed to making its aid program more effective, had made good progress in cooperating with other donors and untying its aid, and that new policies, like the introduction of the Pacific Partnerships for Development and a focus on results, clearly indicated that key effectiveness principles were being implemented."

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