Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR140516: Australia’s International Development Assistance Program 2014-15

Australia’s International Development Assistance Program 2014-15 Philippines

In 2014-15, the Australian Government will provide an estimated Php5.7 billion (A$143 million) in official development assistance to the Philippines.

“Australia remains strongly committed to working in close partnership with the Philippines,” said Chargé d’Affaires of the Australian Embassy, David Dutton. “Australia places high importance on delivering results to help improve the lives of Filipinos.”

Australia’s aid program in the Philippines is focused on improving the quality of basic education by supporting the largest and most significant reform in the Philippines education system in more than 20 years — the introduction of a Kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) education program.

Australian assistance will train teachers and education managers, provide advice on curriculum development and help develop information technology systems. Australia is also working in close partnership with the Philippines to improve learning outcomes of Filipino children, particularly in Muslim Mindanao and disadvantaged communities.

Aid for trade and private sector development will be important areas in line with Australia’s focus of boosting growth. Australia is supporting the Philippines Government’s Public-Private Partnerships reform agenda which is investing in infrastructure, including in classroom construction, health services and transport. Investment in these areas is critical to fostering sustainable economic growth in the Philippines.

Australia will continue to work with the Philippines Government to deliver an innovative program that uses provincial road maintenance funding as an incentive for local governance reforms. Australia is also assisting the Philippine Government to automate its public financial management system to improve the efficiency and transparency of public spending.

“Australia has made a substantial contribution to peace in Mindanao through our aid program. We will continue to support the peace process in Mindanao – particularly in the light of the recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro – by boosting institutional capacity to implement the peace agreement and by introducing education for youth in remote communities,” Mr Dutton said.

“With our Philippine partners, Australia will work to make Filipinos safer and more resilient to the threats from natural disasters, which drive people into poverty and threaten sustainable economic development.”

Australia is a long-standing development partner of the Philippines and one of the country’s largest bilateral grant aid donors. In 2013-14, the Philippines will be the fourth largest recipient of Australian bilateral assistance. ENDS