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2012/13 Expenditure

$14.0 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$12.2 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.

 

The small, isolated and mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan is in the eastern Himalayas, bordered on the north by China and on all other sides by India. About half of the country's 738,000 people live in remote areas. Bhutan has a strong sense of its own development needs and has led initiatives such as the Gross National Happiness Commission. In January 2012, Australia and Bhutan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on development cooperation and initiated annual high-level talks on bilateral cooperation. Australia is working with the Royal Government of Bhutan to address its development priorities, particularly in increasing human resource development and strengthening educational institutions.

Australia has invested $36.2 million on Bhutan in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:

  • providing 226 Bhutanese with scholarships for tertiary education in Australia since 2007
  • contributing to the primary enrolment ratio rising to 117 per cent in 2010 from 62 per cent in 2000
  • supported UNICEF to commence reconstruction activities in schools affected by the 2009 earthquake.

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

Australia expects to provide $14 million in development assistance to Bhutan in 2012–13. Australia remains committed to delivering results in Bhutan and our development assistance is expected to have a resounding impact in future years. We will:

  • provide 45 Australia Awards to post-graduate students for long-term study in Australia
  • provide 10,000 students with two meals a day in 2012–13 through our support to the World Food Programme
  • support the Royal Institute of Management to develop in-country Masters programs accredited by Australian universities.

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

Health

Results to 30 June 2012

  • Provided technical assistance to conduct the first national baseline assessment of drugs and controlled substance use in Bhutan (2009).

Education

Results to 30 June 2012

  • Provided 525 Bhutanese with scholarships for tertiary education in Australia since 2007 (246 supported by Australian Aid, 279 by DEEWR—now DIISRTE). These scholarships were in education, health, governance, natural resources management, rural development, economic growth, food security, business, and science.
  • Through support to the World Food Programme, contributed to gross primary enrolment ratio rising to 117 per cent in 2010 (106 per cent in 2007) and net primary enrolment ratio rising to 93.7 per cent in 2010 from 62 per cent in 2000, as well as improved gender parity.

Commitments 2012–13

  • Provide 45 Australia Awards to post-graduate students for long-term study in Australia
  • Provide 10,000 students with two meals a day in 2012–13 through our support to the World Food Programme
  • Support the Royal Institute of Management to develop in-country Masters programs accredited by Australian universities

More about education

Economic development

Results to 30 June 2012

  • Supported the Asian Development Bank to help the Royal Government of Bhutan to:
    • draft ‘Rules and Regulations and Guidelines for Mainstreaming Regulatory Impact Assessment’ to support the private sector
    • produce the 2040 Integrated Strategic Vision which will integrate all existing transport plans, policies, and initiatives to produce one sustainable transport vision plan
    • create awareness and skills among government officials to identify binding constraints to inclusive growth.

Governance

Results to 30 June 2012

  • Supported the World Bank to:
    • develop district-level development indicators and a toolkit for resource allocation. This will help the Government allocate financial resources to sub-district government level equitably.
    • help the Government formulate human resource rules and regulations for urban local government.

Humanitarian

Results to 30 June 2012

  • Supported UNICEF to commence the following activities in five districts affected by the 2009 earthquake:
    • reconstruction of sanitation facilities in 50 schools (12 completed)
    • reconstruction of water supply schemes in 40 schools (2 completed)
    • reconstruction of 13 community primary schools (7 completed)
    • and associated maintenance and sanitation training, as well as on emergency disaster preparedness

Commitments 2012–13

  • By 2013, our aid will benefit about 7,000 children and 200 teachers in about 100 schools through improved water and sanitation facilities and reconstruction of classroom buildings.
  • By 2013, 16,000 children in 200 schools will benefit through better disaster preparedness in future emergencies.

Research overview

Research funded by Australian Aid targets some of South Asia’s most important development challenges. For more information about our research on the region, visit the South Asia research page.

 
 

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Bhutan is a small, isolated and mountainous country in the eastern Himalayas, bordered on the north by China and on all other sides by India. About half of the country's people live in remote areas. As Bhutan continues its transition from monarchy to democracy and broadens its economic base, human resource development and access to education will become increasingly important.

Find out more about why we give aid to Bhutan

 
 

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Australia works in partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan and trusted partners to build human resource capacity and strengthen educational institutions. A large part of Australia’s assistance to Bhutan is its long-running scholarships program.

Find out more about how we give aid to Bhutan

 
 

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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
 
 

Last reviewed: 18 January, 2014