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2012/13 Expenditure

$49.2 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$54.6 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 is committed to supporting the welfare of the people of Fiji. The aid program will focus on: improving access to quality education; strengthening primary health services; building resilience and economic opportunities in disadvantaged communities; and supporting Fiji’s transition to democracy.

Australia has invested $129.5 million in Fiji over the previous three years from 2010–11 to 2012–13. Our investment in 2012–13 contributed to important development results including:

  • an estimated 3,788 children vaccinated against measles and 4056 children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hepatitis B
  • 36,749 people gaining access to financial services, such as savings, loans, remittance, micro-insurance and mobile banking
  • 2,334 students benefitting from schools being more accessible to children with disabilities.

Australia expects to provide $34.2 million in bilateral development assistance to Fiji in 2013–14. We will:

  • strengthen infant immunisation and maintain coverage rates above 90 per cent by supporting the provision of the rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines
  • support the provision of the human papilloma virus vaccine, protecting young girls from the risk of cervical cancer
  • continue to support up to 70 civil society organisations to deliver health, education and financial services to people across Fiji.

It is expected a further $20.5 million will be provided through regional/global programs, and through other government departments.

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

Find out more about the Fiji country strategy 2012–14

Learn more about Australia’s work in Fiji in 2012-13

Education

Results 2012–2013

  • 2,015 people were provided with assistive devices including eye glasses and hearing aids.
  • 1,466 poor or vulnerable children were provided with school grants to enable payment of school fees, or the provision of school meals, uniforms or sandals. 648 classrooms have been upgraded and 8 schools have been upgraded with disability accessibility.
  • 2,098 women survivors of violence were provided with counselling and other services through Pacific Counselling and Social Services and Salvation Army.

Commitments 2013–2014

  • Upgrade water and sanitation facilities and run hygiene promotion programs in schools.
  • Rehabilitate the poorest primary schools by 2018 and provide them with school grants to improve literacy and numeracy including by:
    • increasing access to education for disadvantaged students, including those with a disability
    • investing in school infrastructure to ensure facilities are adequate and safe, and contribute to improved student learning outcomes
    • conducting targeted research and analysis on the systemic challenges to achieving improved education outcomes in Fiji.

More information about education

Health

Results 2012–2013

  • In a world first, three new vaccines were introduced together: pneumococcal, rotavirus and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
  • Approximately 8,000 babies received the first dose of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccinations.
  • In 2013 8,700 girls were offered the HPV vaccine. Of all schools visited during this reporting period 92 per cent of targeted girls (aged 13 years) have received dose 1 of the HPV vaccine.

Commitments 2013–2014

  • Introduction of a healthy child program by:
    • strengthening infant immunisation and maintaining coverage rates at above 90 per cent
    • improving management of childhood illnesses.
  • Deliver a safe motherhood program by:
    • increasing the number of first trimester check ups
    • upgrading sub-divisional hospitals to encourage a higher proportion of hospital deliveries.
  • Continue to upgrade Fiji’s sub-divisional hospitals and bring them up to ‘mother-friendly’ and ‘child-friendly’ standards.

More information about health

Economic development

Results 2012–2013

  • 35,315 people were provided with increased access to financial services including financial literacy training, micro-insurance and internet based remittance providers.
  • Fiji was assisted to gain approval to export fresh ginger rhizomes to Australia. Fiji is the first country in the world to export fresh ginger to Australia.

Commitments 2013–2014

  • Assist development of micro-insurance products and help vulnerable communities access banking services. 
  • Continue to help farmers gain access to export markets and help female vendors access municipal markets. 
  • Create new jobs and increase household incomes for poor families.

More information about economic development

Governance

Results 2012–2013

  • 91 people were awarded with scholarships enabling short-term in-Australia study, research and professional development activities.
  • 7 civil society organisations were supported to implement a range of health; civic education; human rights violation monitoring and good governance initiatives.

Commitments 2013–2014

  • Support Fiji’s transition to democracy through assistance for a credible electoral process and civic education programs.
  • Support civil society organisations to deliver basic services, improve food security and increase incomes for people in every province of Fiji by 2015–16.

More information about governance

Humanitarian

Results 2012–2013

  • Australia provided $3.1 million to assist Fiji to respond to the impact of Cyclone Evan. Repairs were made to up to 83 schools and hospitals in Labasa and Lautoka.

Commitments 2013–2014

  • Continue to provide timely and effective humanitarian and disaster assistance.

More information about humanitarian

Research overview

Good research can lead to positive change for the world’s poorest by enhancing the design and implementation of development policies and programs. That’s why Australian Aid is committed to an innovative research portfolio and funds research, including through:

  • competitive funding mechanisms (such as the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme)
  • research partnerships with different Australian, international and developing country research institutions
  • commissioning research to address a specific question or clearly defined research gap
  • one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the Australian aid program.

For more information on how Australian Aid funds research generally, please refer to the research homepage.

Some of our research specifically targets development challenges in the Pacific and Fiji. Two recent examples are presented below.

A new approach to measuring poverty in the Pacific

Poverty trends, profiles and small area estimation (poverty maps) in Republic of Fiji (2003–2009) is the first report to present district-level estimates of poverty nationally for a country in the Pacific region. It is based on a World Bank poverty mapping method that used the national census and expenditure—instead of reported income—to estimate poverty in each district across Fiji.

The resulting poverty maps clearly show poverty pockets to guide anti-poverty programs so they reach the poor. The report aims to inform national debates, policies and plans for Fiji’s development, including consideration of provincial and district-level needs and priorities. It provides evidence to compare resource allocations with poverty trends, and to inform more efficient and effective policies and programs in areas such as education, remittances, pensions and social assistance. In addition to the detailed poverty maps, the report includes tables and charts that show poverty incidence in Fiji according to different household and individual characteristics, and detailed information on what determines and characterises poverty in Fiji.

Click here [external link] to download a copy of this publication.

Update on progress to end violence against women in Melanesia and Timor-Leste

TheViolence against Women in Melanesia and Timor-Leste: Progress made since the 2008 Office of Development Effectiveness Report takes stock of Australian Aid’s work to end violence against women in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.

The study highlights noteworthy achievements in developing policies and programs with a human rights and gender focus, expanding the evidence base, and increasing donor funding. Involving men, boys and faith-based groups in prevention has been a major step forward.

The Vanuatu Women’s Centre has published a national study on the prevalence of violence against women and a similar study for Fiji is due to be released in 2012.

Significant advances have been made in expanding women’s access to justice through improved legislation, but implementation of the laws through the judiciary and the police remains weak. Support services for survivors of violence in the region still need improvement.

Click here to download a copy of this publication.


Related research

Stop Violence: Responding to violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor

Violence Against Women in Melanesia and East Timor: Building on Global and Regional Promising Approaches

Vanuatu National Survey on Women’s Lives and Relationships, May 2011

Where is Fiji?



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Country statistics

Population: 0.861 million

Gross national income per person: USD $4,624

Percentage population living on less than $2 a day: NA

Net Primary School completion rate: 96.7 %*

Ratio of female to male primary enrolment: 96.7 per 100  (2008)*

Mortality rate of children under 5 (per 1,000): 23.2 per 1,000 live births (2009)*

Maternal mortality (per 100,000): 27.5 per 100,000 live births (2009)*

 

*2011 Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking Report

 
 

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The people of Australia and Fiji share ties in many aspects of social and economic life.

We are working together to improve the wellbeing of the poorest people in Fiji, whose lives have been disrupted by the economic and social impacts of the 2006 coup [external link] and the global recession.

Find out more about why we give aid to Fiji

 
 

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Australian Aid works through commercial contractors, civil society groups, other aid donors, and Pacific regional development organisations to deliver Australia’s aid to Fiji.

No Australian aid is provided through the Fiji interim government. We deliver our aid where and how it will most assist the people of Fiji.

Find out more about how we give aid to Fiji

Read Fiji's Country Strategy 2012-2014

Read more about our work in Fiji in 2012-13

 
 

heading foldProgress Against MDGs

  • 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
 
 

Last reviewed: 31 January, 2014