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The Australian Government's overseas aid program advances Australia's national interest by assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.
With its focus on the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, the aid program is an integral part of Australia's engagement in the region and a practical demonstration of Australia’s commitment to helping build regional stability and prosperity.
The Government's overseas aid program is managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in partnership with other Australian government bodies. The overseas aid program provides assistance through bilateral as well as global and multilateral funding mechanisms.
In Pakistan, Australia continues to support the Government of Pakistan’s poverty reduction efforts as outlined in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper – a comprehensive development agenda which gives priority to accelerating economic growth, improving governance, investing in human capital and targeting the poor and vulnerable.
Education and Training
As part of the Government of Australia’s ongoing commitment to the human resource development of Pakistan, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) offers fifteen scholarships for each academic year.
These Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are available to all citizens of Pakistan (who currently reside in-country the year round) for Master-level study in Australia. Fifty per cent of the scholarships are reserved for female candidates. High priority is given to those candidates who have not studied overseas at the post-graduate level. More information...
Australia is further assisting Pakistan in the development of its human resources through the commitment of 500 new scholarships for study in Australia over the next 5 years. AusAID and the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) share responsibility for the delivery of the Australia-Pakistan Scholarships Program (APSP).
Two hundred Scholarships will be offered through AusAID. Priority has been given to study in key development sectors such as natural resources management, education, health, law and legal studies, business administration and management and the social sciences. More information...
The remaining 300 scholarships will be part of DEST’s Endeavour Programme. Of these 300 scholarships, 100 will be available to postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to carry out short-term research in Australia. A further 100 will enable students to undertake vocational education and training at a Diploma or Advanced Diploma level and 100 Executive Awards will provide professional development opportunities for high achievers in business, industry, education and government. Awards under the Endeavour Programme are open to all fields of study.
Emergency Assistance and Reconstruction
Following the devastating earthquake of 8 October, 2006 in which more than 73,000 people died and over 3.3 million were left homeless, Australia provided immediate emergency assistance, including the deployment of an Australian Defence Force Medical Team to the most seriously affected areas.
Australia's total humanitarian contribution for earthquake relief and reconstruction now stands at approximately $74 million. Australia's support to Pakistan's reconstruction efforts will include rebuilding of education and health facilities. The aid program will continue to engage Australian expertise and work with key donors such as the ADB and UNICEF to meet emerging reconstruction needs.
ACIAR is an Australian Government statutory authority that operates as part of Australia's aid program within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio. It contributes to the aid program objective of advancing Australia's national interest through poverty reduction and sustainable development.
ACIAR’s program of agriculture activities in Pakistan places a strong focus on the management of land and water resources to sustain productive enterprises. Projects implemented by ACIAR in Pakistan focus on major natural resource problems accompanying irrigated and dry land cereal cropping, such as efficient water use, salinity and drainage.
Through AusAID, the Australian Government is also supporting a 4-year, $6.6 million, Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) with Pakistan. This program comprises technical activities to build linkages between the agriculture sectors of the two countries as well as a limited number of postgraduate scholarships to build capacity in key focus areas. In 2006-2007, new ASLP projects will commence for the mango and citrus, and dairy sectors. These projects will include a component on capacity building in participatory research and extension methodologies
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships while at the same time advancing Australia's international relations and public diplomacy objectives.
DAP is available to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities, in designated countries, on a not-for-profit basis. The program is aimed primarily at supporting small-scale development projects/activites that involve beneficiaries directly in the identification, design and management of the projects.