Overview of Australia's aid program to the Maldives

How we are helping

2015-16 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
$6.7 million

2016-17 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$1.8 million

2016-17 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$5.3 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $1.8 million in bilateral funding to the Maldives in 2016-17. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Maldives in 2016-17 will be an estimated $5.3 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 2015-16, we will:

  • provide ten Australia Awards for study at Australian universities, focused on gender, economics and development.

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.

Australia is contributing to the World Bank-managed Maldives Climate Change Trust Fund. The Fund supports the development and implementation of the climate change strategy and action plan for the Maldives. It aims to build a climate-resilient economy and society through adaptation to the impacts of climate change and mitigation for a carbon neutral development path.

Our results

In 2014-15, we provided 35 Australia Awards. Returned alumni are applying their new skills in influential roles in government and the private sector.

Between 2012 and 2015, 41 volunteers have been 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: 3 May 2016