Investing in Pakistan's people with a focus on women and girls


Australia invests in Pakistan's human development to improve education, health, and nutrition, particularly for women and girls. Australia has committed to ensuring Governments are adopting policy reforms around inclusive education, nutrition and eliminating violence against women (EVAW).


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 initial $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 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 enroll in and successfully complete primary and secondary education.

Gender-based violence

Australia invests in a Challenging Gender-based Violence (GBV) Program. In Pakistan around 90 percent of women face domestic abuse while thousands of women get killed in the name of honour each year. Violence is a fundamental barrier to the rights of women and girls, undermines a country's social fabric and costs billions of dollars in health care and reduced economic productivity.

Related initiatives

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.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Design document 2012 Design
Addendum to Design document 2015 Design
Annual Review 2015 Annual Review
Pakistan MDTF Progress Report December 2016 2016 Progress report
Annual Review 2016 Annual Review

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 reduce malnutrition in women and children.

Name of document Year published Type
Pakistan Partnership for Improved Nutrition 2012 Program Review Note

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Pakistan Challenging Gender-based Violence Program

$8.56 million, 2014- 2018

This program is delivering services for women affected by violence, including shelters, counselling, legal aid and medical services, as well as income generation support to help survivors reintegrate back into their communities. Support is being provided to strengthen the capacity of police, medical institutions and the judiciary to respond to cases of violence and to support and implement policy and legislation to protect women from violence. The program is engaging with men, women, youth, religious and community leaders to educate to challenge attitudes and behaviors that tolerate violence against women.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Evaluation report and management response 2017 Evaluation and management response

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Last Updated: 19 January 2018