Overview of Australia's aid program to Mongolia

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$9.8 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$5.9 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$8.7 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $5.9 million in bilateral funding to Mongolia in 2015-16. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Mongolia in 2015-16 will be an estimated $8.7 million.

Australian ODA will provide support to meet Mongolia’s development goals.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in new Aid Investment Plans which will be finalised by no later than 30 September 2015.

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

Education

Australia is promoting education opportunities for Mongolians by:

  • Strengthening the capabilities of the Mongolian government and the private sector by providing postgraduate scholarship opportunities in Australia
  • Improving the access of school children to clean water and sanitation facilities in partnership with UNICEF.

Read more about our education assistance to Mongolia

Governance

The mining sector has propelled Mongolia to lower-middle income country status. A well-governed, environmentally and socially responsible mining sector can reduce poverty and promote equitable economic growth. Australia’s significant expertise and experience is helping promote a more stable regulatory environment in the mining sector.

Read more about our governance assistance to Mongolia

Our results

  • The bilateral relationship with Mongolia has strengthened. March 2014 saw the first visit to Australia by a Mongolia Foreign Minister in over 20 years. Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold announced with Foreign Minister Bishop the Australia-Mongolia Extractives Program (AMEP) and an increase in the annual Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM) scholarships from 38 to 43.
  • Implementation of the redesigned Australia Awards Mongolia program since July 2013 is showing promising results from the new features of the program—such as new priority study areas, new activities to support alumni and women’s professional development, and a focus on targeting provincial candidates.
  • The most significant development in 2013–14 is the finalisation of the Australia Mongolia Extractives Program (AMEP) design and tender selection. AMEP represents a concrete escalation in Australia’s engagement with Mongolia. It will help Mongolia progress towards equitable and sustainable economic growth of its extractives sector.

Australian volunteer James Anthony works as an English Language Specialist with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in Mongolia (credit: Austraining International).