Summary of publication
This report summarises the performance of Australia’s aid program to Afghanistan over the period of July 2016 to June 2017.
In 2016-17 Australia provided $86.9 million in official development assistance to Afghanistan, this was Australia’s fourth largest bilateral aid program. The program remained focussed on three strategic objectives – supporting good governance, empowering women and girls, and building resilience – established in the Afghanistan Aid Investment Plan 2015-16 to 2017-18.
Overall performance of the aid program has improved, with two out of three objectives now rated on-track. However, this is against a context of worsening security and intensifying conflict which is impacting development performance at all levels. At the investment level, Australia’s aid to Afghanistan remains highly relevant and effective, but new security-driven constraints are having an impact on its efficiency and our ability to monitor and evaluate. Gender performance has improved but there is still scope for further enhancement of gender equality measures.