Summary of publication
This report summarises the performance of Australia's aid program in Sub-Saharan Africa from July 2016 to June 2017 against objectives outlined in the Sub-Saharan Africa Aid Investment Plan 2015-2019. These objectives are:
- Contributing to African leadership and human capacity in critical skills shortages through our Awards program;
- Enhancing agricultural productivity and food security;
- Providing lifesaving assistance through humanitarian support; and
- Empowering women and girls and gender equality outcomes.
The Australian Government spent $136.6 million in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016-17 delivering overseas development assistance. The aid program was provided through humanitarian assistance, volunteers, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). The bulk of Australia's investment is directed to countries in eastern and southern Africa where we have historical program ties and presence, long-terrn Australian NGO experience, economic and security interests and diaspora links.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Aid Program made good progress against its objectives in 2016-17.
- Australia Awards - Africa program supported 480 awards including 140 Masters Scholarships, 249 Short Course Awards and 91 Fellowships - 48 percent received by women.
- Australia delivered improved agricultural productivity by conducting research into food security and farming techniques that benefited the livelihoods of farmers.
- Australia provided humanitarian assistance in response to protracted crises in Somalia and South Sudan, emergency drought relief to Ethiopia and southern Africa, and food security assistance in the Lake Chad Basin, reaching 758,000 people with life-saving assistance.
- Australia contributed $1 million to the African Union for its Gender Observatory to collect data on the progress of gender equality across the region in January 2017.