Overview of Australia's aid program to the Maldives

How we are helping

2016-17 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
$4.4 million

2017-18 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$1.8 million

2017-18 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$3.8 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $1.8 million in bilateral funding to the Maldives in 2017-18. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Maldives in 2017-18 will be an estimated $3.8 million.

Australian ODA in the Maldives will focus on human development, through scholarships.

Human development and governance

Australia's aid to the Maldives will target human development through the education sector. In 2017-18, we will:

  • provide thirty three Australia Awards for study at Australian universities, focused on economics and development, education and management and commerce.

Australia also supports effective governance through the United Nations Development Programme-led Integrated Governance Program. The program aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of public institutions, promote equitable access to justice and respect for human rights, and strengthen the voice of civil society organisations.

Our results

Between 2007 and 2016, we provided 338 long and short-term Australia Awards. Returned alumni are now applying their new skills in influential roles in government and the private sector.

Between 2012 and 2015, 41 volunteers were deployed to the Maldives to provide training to local teachers and assistance in curriculum development.

Australia is providing $2.6 million (2015-17) to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in the Indian Ocean (Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius).

Last Updated: 9 May 2017