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2012/13 Expenditure

$55.2 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$55.0 million

 

Expenditure is total official development assistance inclusive of DFAT’s bilateral program, flows from DFAT regional and global programs and other government departments.

Implementation of the revised 2013-14 budget is currently under discussion with partner governments and organisations.

 

Australia provides humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian Territories to meet the basic needs of Palestinian refugees, support civil society programs to improve livelihoods for rural communities, and to improve the governance capacity of the Palestinian Authority. Australia is supporting the Middle East Peace Process by encouraging the development of a capable and well-governed Palestinian state.

Australia has invested $148.9 million for development assistance in the Palestinian Territories over the last three years. Some of the key results include:

  • helping more than 490,000 Palestine refugee children attend UNRWA schools, with girls constituting 50 per cent of enrolments
  • supporting 4200 UNRWA health workers to provide health care to Palestinian refugees in 139 centres in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
  • in partnership with UNICEF, funding the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in 111 Palestinian schools since 2009
  • increasing incomes and food security for more than 50,000 vulnerable Palestinians.

More results can be viewed under the ‘see our results’ tab above.

Australia expects to provide $55.2 million in development assistance to the Palestinian Territories in 2012–13. Australia remains committed to delivering results in the Palestinian Territories. We will:

  • support UNRWA‘s implementation of widespread health reforms
  • support UNICEF to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in 207 Palestinian schools
  • support the Palestinian Authority to improve the delivery of services to Palestinians including health, education, water, sanitation, communications, and infrastructure.

More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results tab’ above.

 

Health

Significant results to date

  • Australia supported the World Health Organisation to establish maternity and neonatal units in seven hospitals, covering 90% of childbirths in Gaza, contributing to improvements in the quality and safety of childbirth care.
  • In partnership with UNICEF, Australia has funded the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in 111 Palestinian schools since 2009.
  • • Through the AusAID–UNRWA Partnership Framework, Australia is providing basic services and livelihood support to Palestinian refugees. Since December 2010, UNRWA’s health program has supported 137 primary health care centres, 3,654 health staff and 118 dental clinics.

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Education

Significant results to date

  • In 2011–12, the Australia Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement (AMENCA 2) delivered 50 microfinance loans, and business support training to Palestinian women entrepreneurs with the aim of increasing livelihood, skills, and income levels for women.
  • Through our support of UNRWA, Australia assisted over 470,000 Palestinian refugee children to attend school, with girls constituting 50 per cent of enrolments.

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Economic development

Significant results to date

  • AMENCA supports long-term development projects in the West Bank and Gaza which are aimed at reducing vulnerability by improving livelihoods, developing the agricultural sector and increasing the capacity of community-based organisations to deliver social services and technical assistance to beneficiaries, particularly Palestinian women and youth.

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Governance

Significant results to date

  • Australia’s assistance to the Palestinian Authority is delivered under a five year 2011–16 partnership through the multi-donor World Bank PRDP-Trust Fund, supporting state-building and the peace process. The funds are provided as budget support enabling delivery of key economic reform, building effective governing institutions and the continued delivery of basic services including health, education, power and water. In 2011, 1,375 students were enrolled in Palestinian University, 129 candidates received teacher training and 3 health care centres provided basic health care services.
  • Through the PA partnership Australia is improving the public financial management allowing transparent, accountable and efficient budget processes, public sector wages reforms and strengthening private sector management of utilities.

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Humanitarian

Significant results to date

  • Through our support for UNRWA, Australia has helped provide humanitarian assistance and health care for 15,000 Palestinian refugee children, as well as health care for 35,000 mothers and 40,000 newborns in Gaza.
  • Through the PA partnership Australia is improving the public financial management allowing transparent, accountable and efficient budget processes, public sector wages reforms and strengthening private sector management of utilities.

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To support the provision of humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees, as well as assisting Palestinians to build a stable, self-sufficient and peaceful state that is well placed to negotiate a settlement with Israel.

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Australia is working with the Palestinian Authority (PA), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), UNICEF and Australian NGOs through multi-year relationships to help Palestinians build a stable and self-sufficient future state. These partners have particular strengths in delivering basic services and livelihood support to vulnerable communities.

Australia’s total support to the Palestinian Territories over the period 2011–16 is expected to be over $300 million, with $120 million over that period being provided to the PA through a World Bank trust fund for improved governance, and institutional building.

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  • Eradicate extreme hunger & poverty
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
 
 
 
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Volunteers

Australia is currently considering the placement of volunteers in the Palestinian Territories.

 
 

Last reviewed: 18 January, 2014