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Helping children to access education is a human right supported by the aid program.

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New development policy

Australia’s development priorities are set out in a new development policy for the aid program and a new performance framework to improve aid program performance, value for money and results.

More about the development policy

The Australian aid program supports the protection and promotion of human rights across all of its programs, by helping children access education, empowering women to participate in the economy, and building the institutional capacity of national human rights bodies. From an aid perspective, development and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. For inclusive economic growth and development to be sustainable, individuals in developing countries need to have secure and long-term access to the resources required to satisfy their basic needs, be they economic, social, cultural, civil or political.



Initiative Partners Initiative description  
Funding to the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) APF seeks to strengthen the institutional capacities of, and cooperation between, existing national human rights commissions. More
Funding to the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) Australia's support is directed to technical cooperation activities addressing the promotion and protection of human rights. More
Funding to Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Support for the AHRC’s role as Chair of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. More

Last reviewed: 18 June, 2014