Australia has a strong and longstanding bilateral relationship with Tuvalu and is the country’s largest aid donor. Tuvalu’s economic prospects are constrained by the country’s distance from markets, small size and vulnerability to external shocks. Australian aid to Tuvalu is focused on activities that promote stability and maximise Tuvalu’s economic resilience and prospects for growth.
Fetuvalu High School on Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu. Australia is helping the Tuvaluan Government strengthen its education system, and providing water tanks to ensure schools stay open during dry periods (credit: DFAT)
Australia will continue to work with the Government of Tuvalu to improve the country’s prospects for economic growth and improve its development outcomes. Australia will work with the Government of Tuvalu and other development partners to support effective governance, including management of public finances, state-owned enterprise reform, and ensuring value-for-money in Tuvalu’s public procurement. Australia will fund technical advisers to build Tuvalu’s capacity to carry out essential government functions. We will also provide performance-linked aid based on Tuvalu’s achievement of agreed economic and social service reforms.
A water tank for Nuitau Primary School in Tuvalu being delivered (credit: DFAT).
Australia will continue to support improvements in the quality of education and help the country build a skilled workforce, including by helping Tuvalu to improve the rigour and relevance of its curriculum, the governance of its primary schools, and teacher training. The ‘education for all’ programme aims to improve literacy and numeracy rates for Years 5-8 and increase the number of children who successfully complete primary school. We will offer up to 24 scholarships for Tuvaluans to study at Australian and regional universities.
Australia will also continue to support Tuvalu to build resilience to the impacts of climate change through improved water resource management and activities that promote food security. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a priority across our aid investments in Tuvalu.
Tuvalu's first female doctors (credit: DFAT).
Archived details of expenditure for this program for 2013–14 can be found here.
Archived details of expenditure for DFAT’s aid program, following the Government’s announcement on 18 January 2014 to revise the aid budget, can be found here.