Overview of Australia's aid program to the Maldives

How we are helping

2014-15 Bilateral Outcome
$2.1 million

2015-16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$1.8 million

2015-16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$6 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $1.8 million in bilateral funding to the Maldives in 2015-16. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Maldives in 2015-16 will be an estimated $6 million.

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


Australia’s aid to the Maldives will target human development through the education sector. In 2014-15, we will:

  • provide 33 Australia Awards for study at Australian universities, focused on economics, education and environmental science
  • help improve the quality of education at primary and secondary levels through the Maldives Education Sector Volunteers Program in cooperation with the Maldives Ministry of Education

Australia will also support effective governance through support to 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 also funding 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 changes and mitigation for a carbon neutral development path.

Our results

In 2013-14, we provided 35 Australia Awards. Returned alumni are applying their new skills in influential roles in government and the private sector.

Between 2010 and 2014, 25 volunteers have been deployed to the Maldives to provide training to local teachers and assistance in curriculum development. 1,500 teachers have benefited to date.