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Education unlocking girls’ potential

AusAID’s Strategic Partnership Arrangement with BRAC and the UK Government, which commenced in 2012, includes support to BRAC’s education programs so that more children have the opportunity to advance to higher education. Afsana Akhter has been studying medicine for the past two years. While she may seem like countless other students across the world, her humble beginnings make her stand ... Read More »

Early flood warning system saves lives and livelihoods

Yunus Ali owns a small drug store in his village in Sirajganj district. He is also a farmer. A flood in 2007 destroyed all of his crops and damaged the stock in his shop. Recalling the flood, he said ‘This flood almost destroyed everything I worked so hard to make. I didn’t know how long it would take for me ... Read More »

Improving school safety in Nepal

Nepal is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The country is exposed to multiple hazards, most prominently earthquakes, floods, landslides, windstorms, hailstorm, fire, glacial lake outburst floods and avalanches. Nepal is ranked 11th in the world in terms of relative vulnerability to earthquakes and 30th with respect to floods. The incidence of disasters in Nepal is increasing ... Read More »

AusAID and the PNG business community working together to reduce poverty

AusAID and the business community in PNG have pledged to do more work together to support economic growth and development for all in this fast-growing Pacific nation. AusAID Deputy Director General James Batley opened discussions at the PNG Business Engagement Roundtable in Port Moresby on Saturday 13 April, saying Australia recognises that Papua New Guinea’s future prosperity depends on the ... Read More »

Saving lives in the Palestinian Territories

Australia’s aid aims to save lives and help the poorest of the poor and that is the reason why we are working in the Palestinian Territories. Palestinians face poverty and disadvantage that has been prolonged by the complex nature of regional conflict and failures in the peace process in the Middle East. Of Gaza’s 1.6 million population, nearly 40 per ... Read More »

Building a bridge between Indonesia and Australia

Indonesia is a long way from Marlborough in Victoria but thanks to an AusAID funded program, two local primary school teachers feel closer to Australia’s northern neighbour than ever. Through the Australia-Indonesia ‘Building Relations through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement’ (BRIDGE) program, Kathy McVeigh and Melinda Douglas hosted Siti Khodijah, an English language teacher from Surabaya, East Java, at their ... Read More »

Let there be light

With assistance from the PNPM Rural Mandiri program, villagers in a remote district in Jambi, Sumatra, have harnessed the power of a river to create a sustainable and affordable supply of electricity. Unlike the crowded island of Java, Indonesia’s sparsely populated outer islands—Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Papua—are home to small communities spread out and separated by great distances. These distances ... Read More »

Children in Haiti thank AusAID

Australia was among the first to respond to Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, providing $26.7 million to help address early recovery and reconstruction needs. Australia continues to support Haiti by improving water and sanitation facilities, providing seeds for farmers, facilitating international coordination on reconstruction, and providing support for Haiti’s health system. Australia helped support the recovery by funding 24 physically safe ... Read More »

Clearing for results

Mines and explosive remnants of 30 years of conflict injure around 200 Cambodians a year and continue to contaminate hundreds of square kilometres of land. The precise extent of contamination is not known, but 2009 estimates suggested at least 640 square kilometres of land contained antipersonnel mines. Australia has been contributing to mine action in Cambodia since soon after conflict ... Read More »

Helping restore vision in Cambodia

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Mrs Carr meet a patient at the Fred Hollows Foundation facility at the Siem Reap Regional Eye Hospital. Photo: Fred Hollows Foundation

Senator Bob Carr began his first overseas trip as Foreign Minister on 25 March by visiting the Fred Hollows Foundation facility at the Siem Reap Regional Eye Hospital in Cambodia. The hospital was established in 2011 through the support of the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative. Many patients who visit the hospital have severe vision impairment or are blind due ... Read More »

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