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2012/13 Expenditure

$85.7 million

2013/14 Proposed Expenditure

$76.1 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 and Pakistan signed the Australia–Pakistan Development Partnership in October 2011. Aid to Pakistan supports efforts to maintain stability and democratic governance, and achieve economic development and poverty reduction in line with the Millennium Development Goals. It focuses on three primary sectors: health, education, and economic development (agriculture and rural development). Governance and emergency management and response are secondary, cross-cutting sectors. Underpinning Australia’s aid program in Pakistan is support to gender equality.

Australia has invested $297.4 million in Pakistan over the previous three years. Our investment has contributed to important development results including:

  • training 8,966 community midwives in rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2008. Over 4,800 of these women have already been deployed to serve the community
  • providing free textbooks for 1.56 million children and stipends for 146,560 girls in middle and high school
  • performing over 13,000 cataract surgeries and treating more than 52,700 people for eye-related diseases.

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

Australia expects to provide $85.7 million dollars in development assistance to Pakistan in 2012–13. We will:

  • help screen up to 200,000 children for malnutrition and provide nutrition support for up to 180,000 women.
  • help improve the quality of education in 584 schools in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, aiming to reach more than 145,000 children.
  • provide basic work skills training (such as carpentry and plumbing) for more than 1,600 people and support 150 new community organisations to implement community infrastructure projects such as road and bridge repair, irrigation and drinking water supply.

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


Results to 30 June 2012

  • Trained 8,966 community midwives in rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2008. Almost 3,000 of these women have been deployed to serve the community.
  • More than 10,000 patients screened at diabetic retinopathy clinics in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
  • Over 22,000 cataract surgeries performed in 2011.
  • More than 247,000 patients screened for eye diseases.

Commitments 2012–13

  • Improve the coverage and quality of maternal, newborn and child health care services by training up to 200 Lady Health Workers in Balochistan in clean childbirth delivery practices.
  • Continue activities to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness by performing 5,000 cataract surgeries across 25 districts.
  • Help screen up to 200,000 children for malnutrition and provide nutrition support for up to 180,000 women.

More about health


Results to 30 June 2012

  • Provided free textbooks for 1.56 million children and stipends for 146,560 girls in middle and high school.
  • Over 630 teachers were trained in disability awareness and inclusive education, 556 teachers were trained in education leadership, and 440 school children were enrolled in schools (189 girls) in remote communities of Gilgit-Baltistan.
  • 50 scholarships awarded to Pakistani students in 2011 to undertake Masters level study at Australian universities.

Commitments 2012–13

  • 55 Masters level awards offered in 2013 (25 women and 30 men)
  • Help improve the quality of education in over 500 schools in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, aiming to reach more than 145,000 children.

More about education

Economic development

Results to 30 June 2012

  • 465 people (including 440 women) trained in income generation schemes related to quail farming, kitchen gardening and food processing.
  • Restored the livelihoods of those affected by the 2010 and 2011 floods by completing 655 small scale projects and 445 community physical infrastructure projects including cleaning of drains and wells, fixing irrigation channels, drinking water and sanitation, roads and bridges.
  • Trials have demonstrated water usage by mango growers was reduced by 66 per cent by adopting improved irrigation methods. Trial results were disseminated through field training to 576 growers.

Commitments 2012–13

  • Will rebuild and improve rural infrastructure, help farmers access markets and develop new skills.
  • In 2013, eight Masters students will commence study under the Australia-Pakistan Agricultural Scholarships program and 25 students will commence short-course awards.
  • Provide basic work skills training for more than 1,600 people and support 150 new community organisations to implement community infrastructure projects.

More about economic development


Results to 30 June 2012

  • Helped establish 444 social services committees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The committees ensure the communities’ involvement in managing education, health and water services. They have resulted in a 50 per cent increase in student enrolment and a 148 per cent increase in patients consulting health facilities in target districts.
  • Australia continued to support programs which contributed to the issuing of national identity cards to 13,000 women, enabling them to access a range of essential government services.

Commitments 2012–13

  • Support local communities and local governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to improve the delivery of education, health and water services by training over 511 community based organisations.

More about governance


Results to 30 June 2012

  • In the 2011 floods, Australia funded health, water and sanitation assistance to more than 188,000 people.

Commitments 2012–13

  • Continue to provide post-disaster assistance as required, and will support disaster risk reduction activities across Pakistan.

More about humanitarian and disaster preparedness and response


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 market

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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The 2011 United Nations Human Development Index ranks Pakistan at 145 out of 187 countries and estimates that more than one-fifth of the population lives on less than US$1.25 a day. In addition to low levels of income, the poor also have limited access to basic services.

Find out more about why we give aid to Pakistan


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Australia’s aid program to Pakistan is guided by the Australia–Pakistan Development Partnership. Our efforts focus on where we can make the biggest difference: health, education, and agriculture and rural development.

Find out more about how we give aid to Pakistan


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  • 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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Tenders and grants


Last reviewed: 18 January, 2014