Country Idealist Profiles

Australia – International cooperation, an overview

The Australian Government’s overseas aid program is a federally funded program that aims to reduce poverty in developing countries. The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) manages the program.The aim of the program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest.

The Australian aid program is organized around four interlinked themes:
*accelerating economic growth
*fostering functioning and effective states
*investing in people
*promoting regional stability and cooperation.

In 2007-2008 Australia will provide $3.155 billion worth of official development assistance of which $2.731 billion will be managed by AusAID.

All Australians contribute to Australia’s aid program. This amounts to around 1% of Federal Government expenditure compared to the 42% spent on social security and welfare. The ratio of Australia’s aid to Gross National Income (GNI) for 2007-08 is estimated at 0.30 per cent. Australia’s aid program focuses on the Asia Pacific region.

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