Overview of Australia’s aid program to South Asia Regional

How we are helping

2014/15 Regional Budget Estimate
$32.9 million

2015/16 Regional Budget Estimate
$19.8 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$32.0 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $19.8 million in funding to the South Asia Regional program.

Australian Official Development Assistance will target cross-border development challenges that cannot be solely addressed at the country level.

The website will be updated to reflect further detail on 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 for South Asia Regional can be found below.

Sustainable development

Australia’s investment in sustainable development in South Asia aims to support improved water resource management, better agricultural practices to generate higher farm productivity and incomes, and increased access to energy. Our investments target female-headed households, agricultural productivity, improving access to modern energy sources, and leverage Australia’s expertise in water resource management.

Sustainable development in the South Asia region

Regional connectivity

Australia’s regional aid investments aim to increase the potential for economic growth and reduce poverty by addressing low levels of intra-regional trade and poor infrastructure connectivity. Our investments are helping to promote economic opportunities for women, strengthen key institutions, and to close the infrastructure gap by supporting analytical work and technical assistance to facilitate policy and institutional reform in sectors including transport and energy.

Regional connectivity in South Asia

Our results

Sustainable development

Results to 30 June 2014

  • Completing a comprehensive study on landscape, hydrology, precipitation, geology and local economy in Zhangmou, the border trade post connecting China and Nepal, and preparing a landslide risk reduction plan in close consultation with local authorities.
  • Working with communities in the middle hills of Nepal to identify 15 groundwater recharge sites and supporting the construction or rehabilitation of ponds to improve the reliability of water supply to villages.
  • Completing 154 on-farm agricultural participatory research trials in West Bengal and Bangladesh, with preliminary results indicating up to 17 per cent better productivity for wheat and up to 11 per cent improved yields for maize.

Regional connectivity

Results to 30 June 2014

  • Strengthening South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation countries’ capacities for trade facilitation through regional workshops on customs and logistics issues and trade processes/ reforms.
  • Utility assessments conducted in six Indian states to identify key challenges to institutional reform and capacity building needs to improve energy transmission.
  • Inception workshops held in Delhi, Dhaka, Islamabad and Kathmandu, to inform a regional study on energy security and trade—the study will highlight key domestic policy challenges to be addressed to meet growing regional demand for energy, and propose approaches to regionalisation for further analysis.