Overview of Australia's aid program to Pakistan

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$65.6 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$39.4 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$51.3 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $39.4 million in bilateral funding to Pakistan in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Pakistan in 2015-16 will be an estimated $51.3 million.

Australian ODA will support Pakistan to achieve its development objectives with a particular focus on generating sustainable growth and employment through trade and agriculture; and investing in Pakistan’s people through health and education.

The website will be updated to reflect priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in a new Aid Investment Plan which will be finalised by 30 September 2015. 

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

Generating sustainable economic growth and employment

Australian aid will engage the public and private sectors to address constraints to sustainable economic growth and job creation. Our aid will help Pakistan improve agricultural productivity, including through improved water management practices, increase the value of agricultural products and improve access to markets for those products.

Generating sustainable economic growth and employment in Pakistan

Investing in Pakistan’s people through education and health

Accelerating progress in education and health services will enable Pakistan to make faster progress in economic growth and job creation and contribute to Pakistan’s stability. Australia will continue providing support to provincial governments to deliver basic health and education services, with a particular focus on women and girls.

Investing in Pakistan's people through education and health

Our results


  • More than 13,000 cataract surgeries were performed and more than 4,500 children have been screened for eye diseases.
  • More than 209,800 pregnant and breast-feeding women were screened for malnutrition and more than 41,400 women have been provided micro nutrient supplements and iron folate tablets.
  • More than 8,000 community midwives were trained and more than 4,800 have been deployed to support women and children in their communities.
  • 9,200 health care workers have been trained in improved management of newborn and childhood illnesses and maternal health.


  • 114 long and short-term Australia Awards were awarded to Pakistani students in 2013.
  • 254 early childhood education classrooms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan were refurbished for use by more than 67,000 children.
  • 7,300 teachers were trained in early childhood education principles, classroom management and disability-inclusive education in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.

Economic development

  • Supported the completion of 445 community projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, repairing key infrastructure damaged by the 2010 floods such as roads and bridges, benefiting 89,182 households.
  • Provided agriculture assistance through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research that improved farming practices and increased farmers’ incomes in mango, citrus and dairy production.


  • 426,000 election officials were trained in election management in preparation for national and presidential elections in May 2013.
  • Supported the deployment of a nine-member electoral observation team by the Commonwealth Secretariat to monitor and report on the national elections.


  • Australian support provided 395,848 people with life-saving assistance in conflict and crisis situations.


Fruit and vegetable market in Multan, Punjab Province, Pakistan (credit: DFAT).
UNICEF Water, Environment and Sanitation Head Andrew Parker checks the water supply to a newly-built transitional school in Arja, near Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (credit: UNICEF).
A modern mango and banana farm near Mirpurkhas, Pakistan (credit: DFAT).