Australia aims to reduce poverty in Myanmar and help the country transition to a stable, more democratic and more prosperous member of the region and the international community.
Australia has invested $140.9 million in Myanmar over the previous three years. Our investment has contributed to important development results including:
- providing 66,000 children with early childhood education and providing 170,000 primary school children with essential learning packages (including textbooks)
- helping to reduce the impact of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS by distributing 3.3 million needles to injecting drug users, providing antiretroviral drugs to 19,000 people and treating 229,000 malaria patients
- providing vaccines against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus to 21,565 children and against measles for a further 20,989 children
- helping 43,543 farmers increase crop production by providing training, supplies, grants and cash-for-work programs.
More results can be viewed under the ‘see our results’ tab above.
Australian aid to Myanmar is guided by the Australia–Myanmar Aid Program Strategy (2012–14). Australian aid will focus on rebuilding the capacity of Myanmar people and institutions to improve long-term poverty reduction by providing assistance in basic service delivery in education, health and livelihoods. Australia’s aid program will also focus on improving capacity in governance and provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people living in Myanmar and on the border with Thailand.
Australia expects to provide $64.2 million in development assistance to Myanmar in 2012–13. Australia remains committed to delivering results in Myanmar and our development assistance is expected to have a resounding impact on future years. We will:
- provide 95,000 children with vital immunisations
- provide 1.1 million primary students with learning kits
- help around 228,000 children stay in school
- support 25,000 households access to capital to improve their income
- help increase protection of children and prevent the recruitment of child soldiers by armed forces
- support Myanmar Government reforms and efforts to secure lasting peace.
More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.