Overview of Australia’s aid program to Afghanistan

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$130.9 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$78.5 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$81.7 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $78.5 million in bilateral funding to Afghanistan in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Afghanistan in 2015-16 will be an estimated $81.7 million.

Australian ODA will support the Afghan government to achieve its development objectives with a particular focus on empowering women and girls, improving the prospects for economic growth and building community resilience.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in a new Aid Investment Plan which will be finalised by 30 September 2015. 

Further information on current investments in Afghanistan can be found below.

Enhancing basic service delivery in health and education

Australia will enhance education in Afghanistan by expanding access to schools, improving education quality, and increasing the Afghan Government’s capacity to deliver education services.

Education assistance in Afghanistan

Supporting rural development and livelihoods

Australia will improve agricultural productivity by introducing more resilient varieties of wheat, provide job opportunities, and expand access to markets for Afghan families by helping them start locally-relevant, small-scale businesses.

Agriculture assistance in Afghanistan

Improving governance and the effectiveness of the Afghan Government

Australia will support the Afghan Government to become more effective by improving economic and structural reforms and public financial management, and support national efforts to protect and promote human rights, particularly the rights of Afghan women and girls.

Governance and human rights assistance in Afghanistan

Supporting vulnerable populations

Australia will respond to humanitarian needs as required. We will focus assistance on providing food for up to 1.9 million vulnerable Afghans, and by removing mines and explosive remnants of war.

Humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan


Our results

National level results to 2013 (by pooling funds with other donors through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund)

  • increased access to basic health care services to around 85 per cent of the population
  • increased school enrolments from around one million in 2001 to more than eight million today, including over three million girls
  • improved maternal health care, with at least 74 per cent of pregnant women now receiving at least one antenatal health care visit
  • rehabilitated and maintained over 12,800 kilometres of rural roads providing over 15 million labour days of employment

Enhancing basic service delivery in health and education

  • funded health services to more than two million people beyond the reach of Afghanistan’s national health care through the Australian Red Cross
  • vaccinated more than 596,000 children against polio and more than 198,000 children against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus
  • provided education to 8929 children, including 3150 girls, through Empowerment Through Education and the Children of Uruzgan Program

Supporting rural development and livelihoods

  • provided food assistance to almost six million men, women and children in 2012, and over 28 million beneficiaries since 2009, through the World Food Programme
  • supporting the Government of Afghanistan to develop a Dryland Farming Strategy, which will guide future investments in agriculture
  • providing 2,000 farmers with access to improved agricultural training and technologies
  • rehabilitated and maintained of over 12,800 kilometres of rural roads

Improving governance and the effectiveness of the Afghan Government

  • trained 500 public servants, which helped increase budget execution rates in Afghan Government service delivery ministries (51 per cent in 2012, to 57 per cent in 2013)
  • contributed to a 30.8 per cent improvement in public expenditure and financial accountability (PEFA) budget cycle indicators for line ministries between 2008 and 2013. This has seen improvements in the credibility, comprehensiveness, transparency, and external scrutiny of the budget, as well as predictably and control of budget execution
  • trained more than 600 journalists to report on elections, enabling impartial and educational news content to reach remote communities across the country for the 2014 presidential elections
  • through Australia’s support Australia’s partnership with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, protect and promote human rights including the launch of the first national inquiry into honour killing and rape, bringing to light issues that had long been taboo in Afghanistan
  • provided services to 1397 women and girl survivors of violence
  • trained 3586 men and women on women’s rights and EVAW law

Supporting vulnerable populations

  • supported more than 170,000 people across all 34 provinces with food assistance including 78,000 women and girls
  • cleared more than 700 mines and 7,000 explosive remnants of war from 3.3 million square metres of hazardous land in Afghanistan, benefitting more than 61,000 Afghans
  • provided more than 4,000 Afghans with prosthetic, orthotic, physiotherapy and health education services and taught more than 200,000 people how to identify, avoid, and mitigate the impacts of mines and explosive remnants of war on their lives

Women together in a room, smiling
Australian volunteer Tanya McQueen worked as a Rural Women's Programme Adviser in Afghanistan (credit: DFAT).
Men teaching in a classroom of adults
Education in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan (credit: Jacob Simpson MACCA).