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2013/14 Estimated Outcome

$75.7 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate

$79.0 million


Australia and Pakistan enjoy long-standing friendly relations underpinned by strong people-to-people links. Australia is committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to build economic prosperity and enhance human development. Australia’s development assistance in Pakistan promotes economic growth, poverty reduction and human development, including for women and girls. It draws on Australian expertise particularly in the areas of water resource management and agricultural productivity.

Australian aid to Pakistan will continue to foster economic growth and job creation while supporting the building blocks for a productive society through inclusive human development.

Busy outdoor market, full of 

fresh produce in boxes Fruit and vegetable market in Multan, Punjab Province, Pakistan (credit: DFAT).

Australia will make a strong contribution to increasing incomes, facilitating trade and rural development through support for agricultural productivity and livelihood diversification, and through better water resource management practices. Australia will build resilience to safeguard its investments from natural disasters and conflict through disaster risk reduction planning. In 2014-15, Australia is establishing a Market Development Facility (MDF) in Pakistan which aims to create jobs and income for the poor by enhancing business performance, benefitting poor workers, small business owners, buyers and sellers. Through the MDF, Australia is looking to support small to medium sized entrepreneurs in the livestock, fruit processing and leather product industries.

A modern mango and banana farm near Mirpurkhas, Pakistan (credit: DFAT).

Australia will invest in better quality health and education targeting children in the first years of life and contributing to the foundation for Pakistan’s future economic prosperity. Recognising the barriers faced by women in many areas of development, Australia’s assistance will promote the empowerment of women and girls across its activities. Specifically, Australian support in 2014-15 will:

  • improve maternal and child health, reduce child malnutrition, and reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness
  • help provide 50,000 malnourished children with micronutrient powders to improve their quality of food and provide 18,000 women with iron folic acid supplementation during pregnancy. Australia’s support will also help screen over 100,000 children for various eye-related diseases and perform 10,000 sight-saving operations
  • help train 4,000 teachers in early childhood care, as well as renovate or construct over 65 school toilets or classrooms
  • improve early childhood and primary education through teacher training, provision of student stipends and learning materials and improvements to school infrastructure
  • provide 60 Australia Awards Scholarships for Pakistanis to undertake post-graduate studies in Australian universities and over 20 short-term Australia Awards.

Man with 

others checks a white plastic water tank UNICEF Water, Environment and Sanitation Head Andrew Parker checks the water supply to a newly-built transitional school in Arja, near Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (credit: UNICEF).

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.


Results to June 2013

  • More than 13,000 cataract surgeries were performed and more than 4,500 children have been screened for eye diseases.
  • More than 209,800 pregnant and breast-feeding women were screened for malnutrition and more than 41,400 women have been provided micro nutrient supplements and iron folate tablets.
  • More than 8,000 community midwives were trained and more than 4,800 have been deployed to support women and children in their communities.
  • 9,200 health care workers have been trained in improved management of newborn and childhood illnesses and maternal health.


  • Improve the coverage and quality of maternal, newborn and child health care services by training up to 200 Lady Health Workers and 40 community midwives in Balochistan in safe child birth delivery practices.
  • Continue activities to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness by performing 10,000 cataract surgeries and screening 4,000 children for various eye diseases.
  • Screen up to 30,000 children for malnutrition and provide micro nutrition supplements and iron folate tablets for up to 30,000 women.


Results to June 2013

  • 114 long and short-term Australia Awards were awarded to Pakistani students in 2013.
  • 254 early childhood education classrooms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan were refurbished for use by more than 67,000 children.
  • 7,300 teachers were trained in early childhood education principles, classroom management and disability-inclusive education in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.


  • For the 2014 Australia Awards intake, around 140 long and short-term Australia Awards will be offered.
  • 235,666 children will be enrolled in schools in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.
  • 40,272 teachers will be trained.

Economic development

Results to June 2013

  • Supported the completion of 445 community projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, repairing key infrastructure damaged by the 2010 floods such as roads and bridges, benefiting 89,182 households.
  • Provided agriculture assistance through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research that improved farming practices and increased farmers’ incomes in mango, citrus and dairy production.


  • Eight Pakistani Masters students will study under the Australia Pakistan Agriculture Scholarships scheme and 49 students will start short courses.
  • 30,040 rural people will be provided with improved livelihoods through vocational training, small grants and improved access to infrastructure facilities, such as irrigation channels and roads.


Results to June 2013

  • 426,000 election officials were trained in election management in preparation for national and presidential elections in May 2013.
  • Supported the deployment of a nine-member electoral observation team by the Commonwealth Secretariat to monitor and report on the national elections.


  • Five million citizens will be reached through a civic and voter education campaign targeted at women and youth.
  • 100 women will be trained to contest local elections.
  • Support to an additional 591 Social Service Committees to better track service provision in the education, health and water sectors.


Results to June 2013

  • In 2012-13 Australian support provided 395,848 people with life-saving assistance in conflict and crisis situations.


  • Continued provision of post-disaster assistance as required and disaster risk reduction activities across Pakistan.

Research overview

Research funded by our Pakistan country program specifically targets Pakistan’s development challenges. Some of the recent highlights of this research are listed below.

Australia Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (Phase II)

Men in busy fruit 


Australia’s assistance helps Pakistani fruit growers improve their livelihoods. Photo: Christian Roth

Australia promotes economic development in Pakistan by increasing agricultural productivity and improving rural livelihoods. Both countries share similar agro-climatic and resource management challenges. This uniquely places Australia to provide specialist expertise to further Pakistan’s development in this area. This assistance is delivered primarily through the Australia Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) implemented by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Phase I of ASLP was highly regarded by the Government of Pakistan and key stakeholders. In response to requests from Pakistani counterparts, Australian Aid and ACIAR embarked on the second phase of ASLP in early 2011, to improve access for small-hold and marginalised farmers. Activities are helping farmers increase market and employment opportunities, enhance academic links through long and short-term scholarships, and develop partnerships to improve Pakistani approaches to natural resource management.

Key outputs of ASLP to date include research on key topics relevant to mango production by three female students at the National University of Agricultural Sciences in Islamabad, and delivery of a mango production workshop seminar held in Punjab for district and agricultural officers.

Research and Advocacy Fund

Australia works in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) to support the Government of Pakistan to implement its National Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program. Through this partnership, the Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) was established to promote quality, non-clinical research and effective advocacy to improve maternal and newborn health policies and practice in Pakistan.

The RAF generates original research-based evidence to contribute to effective MCNH policy development. In 2011 it allocated more than $12.6 million to 16 projects in 56 districts in-country. The grants enabled research and advocacy on key maternal, newborn and child issues, such as barriers to health services for women and children, and improved birth preparedness for poor women.

Through this successful partnership with DfID, Australia is assisting Pakistan’s progress towards meeting its Millennium Development Goal 4: Reducing child mortality and Millennium Goal 5: Improving maternal health.


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Pakistan faces some long-term challenges – security, poverty and governance issues. Our commitment to assisting Pakistan address these challenges is important to helping Pakistan to achieve a secure, prosperous and stable future for Pakistan and the region.

Find out more about why we give aid to Pakistan


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Australia’s efforts focus on where we can make the biggest difference: economic growth and human development.

Find out more about how we give aid to Pakistan

Read the Pakistan Aid Program Performance Report 2013-14


heading foldProgress against MDGs

  • Eradicate extreme hunger and 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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Last reviewed: 28 October, 2014