Summary of publication
The South Asia Regional program focuses on two main cross-border development challenges that cannot solely be addressed at the country level: sustainable development (water, food and energy security) and regional economic connectivity.
In 2014-15, under the sustainable development objective, DFAT’s partners delivered results in the target sectors of water, food and energy security through capacity building, technology transfer, civil society and private sector engagement activities – the building blocks for influencing long term strategic change. Good progress was made on the regional connectivity objective after slower progress in the previous year. A South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program (SARTFP) was designed and mobilised with a focus on gender in trade facilitation and infrastructure connectivity. An explicit focus on gender equality across both objectives of the regional program also yielded results over the reporting period.