Summary of publication
This report summarises the performance of Australia's aid program in Sub-Saharan Africa from July 2017 to June 2018 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 life-saving assistance through humanitarian support, and
- Empowering women and girls and gender equality outcomes.
Australian aid expenditure in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017-18 totalled $174.58 million through bilateral, global and regional programs including humanitarian assistance, Australian 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, long-term Australian NGO experience, economic and security interests and diaspora links. Australia’s aid program in sub-Saharan Africa is a multi-country program with regional investments. The Sub-Saharan Africa Aid Program made good progress against its objectives in 2017-18.
- Australia Awards-Africa, in 2018, supported 479 awards including 156 Masters Scholarships, 233 short course awards and 90 Australia Awards Fellowships.
- The Australia Awards-Africa program is achieving close to gender parity in the number of men and women receiving scholarships [46 per cent received by women]. The Women in Leadership Network supports professional development for women alumni with 452 registered members from 37 African countries.
- Australia improved agricultural productivity by supporting new and innovative approaches to food security and farming techniques that increased the incomes of 614,777 beneficiaries.
- Australia provided humanitarian assistance in response to protracted crises in Somalia and South Sudan, reaching over 1,117,000 vulnerable people with life-saving assistance.