Australia’s overseas aid program helped save the lives of millions of people in 2011-12 and delivered greater opportunities, according to the Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness.
The Review examined the performance of the Australia’s aid program against the commitments made in Helping the World’s Poor through Effective Aid: Australia’s Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework to 2015-16 (CAPF), released in May 2012.
It considered the delivery of aid against global efforts to reduce poverty - progress against the Millennium Development Goals; Australia’s strategic priorities - results achieved in saving lives, promoting opportunities, sustainable economic development; effective governance, humanitarian and disaster preparedness and response; as well as operational and organisational effectiveness.
The Review found Australian aid had helped an additional one million children to enrol in school; immunised more than two million children; provided access to clean water for 2.5 million people; assisted more than 230,000 pregnant women in developing countries through the provision of skilled birth attendants; and granted access to better agricultural technology for 285,000 people in rural and remote communities.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr welcomed the findings, saying Australia’s foreign aid program had enhanced regional security, made measureable reductions in poverty and assisted communities afflicted by disaster or conflict.
Senator Carr said the Review had again demonstrated that Australian aid was effective and value-for-money.
“With this Annual Review we have set a new standard for aid transparency and accountability for Australia and our development partners,” Senator Carr said.
The report can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 346F, 1 February 2013