Australia has a clear national interest in the security, stability and prosperity of
sub-Saharan Africa. As one of the world’s most rapidly
growing regions, its development and economic prospects remain positive. The high rates of growth and increased political stability are creating opportunities
for Australian trade and investment, particularly in the mining sector. Poverty in the region has declined steadily over the last two decades, and natural
resource rents provide opportunities to finance further development gains. However, the benefits of economic growth are not widely shared contributing to the
high levels poverty in the region.
Our aid is investing in sectors that drive economic growth, trade and job creation. We will deliver activities that boost agricultural productivity and
markets, improve the management of the extractives sector and its revenues, and build the skills and knowledge of individuals to contribute to Africa’s
development. Our development assistance predominantly focuses on the Indian Ocean region (East and Southern Africa).
Beth Wanjero talks to an adviser from the sustainable development initiative about points raised in the training manual relating to her farm near Gilgil, Kenya
Mining offers African countries an unparalleled opportunity to stimulate growth and reduce poverty. If well managed, the extractives sector can drive
innovation; generate revenue to fund critical social services and upgrade productive physical infrastructure; and directly and indirectly create jobs. Our
investment in effective governance of the extractives sector is leveraging off Australia’s highly relevant expertise to share with African partners. Our
- supporting enabling environments to attract and retain investment
- building skills to regulate and manage the extractives sector to give business increased certainty, while improving mining revenue management and
Our aid is investing in improving education through:
- providing Australia Awards to African men and women for post-graduate training and education, including scholarships to study at Australian
- Australian volunteer placements in select countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop local capacity, share skills and build relationships in sectors key
to economic growth and job creation.
Australia is investing in the agriculture sector, which plays a key role in Africa’s development in terms of broad-based economic growth, jobs and
reducing poverty. Agriculture supports the livelihoods of 80 per cent of Africans, and provides employment for about 60 per cent of the economically active
population1. Australia is sharing highly relevant technical, research and agri-business expertise, including through the
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). We are
supporting market development to promote growth and improve livelihoods. Our programme focuses on better research and innovative technology adoption, and on
boosting private sector activity.
Nejjemba Teopista, farmer of Kayunga and farmer's group animator, holding her hoe after working in a communal garden at Kangulumira where food is grown to feed
the poor and sick (credit: Sean Sprague, CARITAS).
In health, we are also working with non-government, public and private sector partners to deliver the services needed for healthy and productive
communities, including maternal and child health programmes in East Africa and water and sanitation programmes in Southern Africa. The Africa-Australia
Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) is helping people in need to improve agricultural productivity and increase access to maternal and child health and water
and sanitation services. The programme supports innovative private sector partnerships that extend the reach and quality of services to communities. It also
supports women’s economic participation and empowerment as well as lifting the living standards and status of people with disability. We are
- access to maternal and child health programmes for more than 50,000 people, including through life-saving vaccines and supervised births by a skilled
- access to safe and sustainable water and appropriate sanitation for more than 2 million people, and lessons on good hygiene for over 42,000 people.
Australia is also helping sub-Saharan communities build resilience to respond to current and emerging humanitarian crises, in partnership with UN agencies,
and international and Australian non-government organisations.
Details of the proposed expenditure for this program for 2013-14 can be found here.
A table of proposed expenditure for 2013-14 and actual expenditure for 2012-13 for DFAT’s aid program can be found here.
1 African Development Bank Group, Agriculture Sector Strategy 2010-14, January 2010, p. iv