*2012-13 Estimated Outcome ODA funding breakdown and graphs will be updated from 15 May 2013.
The objective of Australia’s aid to Nepal is to improve access to key services delivered by an increasingly effective state. As an emerging democracy, Nepal has struggled with stability and governance. Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and amongst the poorest countries in the world, with around half of its 26 million population living in poverty. Australia's assistance to Nepal targets maternal and child health, quality education, water and sanitation and improving rural livelihoods.
Australia has invested $92.8 million on Nepal in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:
- 11,400 children of below 12 months of age immunised with basic essential vaccines
- through 65 community managed water schemes, 31,444 individuals have access to safe drinking water and 31,588 individuals have increased access to basic sanitation
- 40,576 children enrolled in basic education.
More results can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.
Following the Government’s announcement on 17 December 2012 to reprioritise resources within the aid budget, the 2012-13 budget estimate for the Nepal program was reduced by $3.3 million. This comprises:
- a deferral of new WASH activities ($1.4 million) and
- a cut to funding for a livelihoods program ($1.9 million).
Australia expects to provide $29.9 million in development assistance to Nepal in 2012–13. We will:
- assist 5,940 pregnant women deliver at health institutions with skilled birth attendants
- provide 31,800 people with access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
- provide 50,000 students from grade 1 to 12 with free textbooks and provide over 2,000 students with nutritional support
- retrofit 107 schools for earthquake resistance.
More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.