Australia invests in Pakistan’s human development to improve education, health, and nutrition, particularly for women and girls.
In the health sector, Australia is focused on improving nutrition outcomes. The Government of Pakistan has articulated nutrition as a key policy priority and Australia is well positioned as a lead donor in this sector. Australia’s investment in Pakistan’s 2011 national nutrition survey led to the development of a World Bank multi-donor trust fund for nutrition, in which Australia was the founding donor. Australia’s foundation $40 million investment has attracted an additional $100 million in donor funding for nutrition and nutrition-sensitive programs. To complement these investments, Australia invests in nutrition-sensitive programs, such as school feeding programs, and adapting agriculture investments to improve nutrition and water and sanitation. Australia’s investment in integrated maternal and child health supports provincial governments in Balochistan and Sindh to deliver better services in selected districts. Australia also supports Pakistan and other development partners’ efforts to combat infectious disease and threats to health security, such as polio, through its contributions to global and regional health initiatives.
Our education investment focuses on supporting the government’s capacity to deliver quality education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP). Australia, in partnership with the UK, is supporting KP to increase the number of girls and boys who enrol in and successfully complete primary and secondary education.
Australia will continue its Australia Awards program and will continue to build an active alumni network which brings together both scholarship and fee paying students to create new business and people-to-people links. The Australia Award scholarships align with our aid program objectives to build knowledge and skills in targeted sectors. We will make particular efforts to support women’s career advancement and leadership development through our alumni engagement. Australia will also explore innovative ways to connect Australia and Pakistan’s universities including through institutional partnerships and technical exchanges, in order to contribute to human resources development and economic growth.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Program
$64.6 million, 2012-2020
Assists the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa implement its Education Sector Plan through Sector Budget Support to the elementary and secondary education budget; and refurbishment/construction for school facilities.
World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Nutrition
$39 million, 2013-2020
Enables Pakistan to scale-up and sustain an effective response to malnutrition by supporting provincial governments to prepare and implement nutrition plans, and provide nutrition services (such as nutrition supplements) that are known to reduce malnutrition in women and children.
Integrated Maternal and Newborn Child Health
$13.61 million, 2012-2017
This program previously supported the Provincial Governments of Balochistan and will support Sindh to improve health management systems in select districts; train staff; and raise awareness and advocate for maternal, newborn and child health services.
Pakistan-Australia Prevention of Avoidable Blindness Project
$5.5 million, 2013-2018
Strengthens Pakistan’s National Eye Care Program and the capacity of the public health sector to substantially improve access to and quality of paediatric and diabetic related eye care services particularly for more vulnerable groups such as women and children.
In line with the Aid Investment Plan, this program will now conclude in 2016.