Australia's projected expenditure for governance in 2013-14 is $869.6 million.
The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is dependent on the effectiveness of institutions of governance, including parliaments, ministries or departments of government, traditional leadership groups, and civil society organisations.
Without governance, the chances for development, growth and poverty reduction are compromised. This means that basic services such as education and maternal health are not delivered effectively, and poor and marginalised people often miss out.
Key achievements in recent years include:
- supporting the Ministry of Finance in Timor-Leste to improve its systems for government spending
- increasing access to justice for victims of violence against women in PNG
- strengthening the electoral cycle process in Solomon Islands leading to the 2010 elections being declared ‘free and fair’ by international observers.
In 2013–14, Australia will continue to support partner governments in their efforts to deliver basic services, through capable and well-functioning state institutions.
The Australian aid program’s support for governance falls into three pillars:
- Delivering better services through improved government efficiency and effectiveness, and more accountable, open and responsive governments.
- Improved security and enhanced justice.
- Enhanced human rights.
Read more about the Australian aid program's Effective Governance Strategy.
Read more about our support for governance in the following countries: