Australia is phasing out bilateral aid to India. This corresponds with the Indian Government’s preference to receive aid from fewer and larger donors, as well as encourage smaller donors such as Australia to channel their aid through multilateral and non-government organisations. There will be zero allocation of bilateral aid from 2013–14, but AusAID will continue to provide targeted assistance through multilateral organisations and regional or global programs where we can make a difference to poor people, in line with Effective Aid. Cooperation with India through the South and West Asia Regional program aims to enhance technical cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and improve water resource management and food security in response to climate change.
Australia has invested $73.9 million on India in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:
- increasing the number of people registered for anti-retroviral HIV/AIDS treatment by 63 per cent between December 2009 and November 2011
- supporting six government departments to implement action plans in renewable energy and water resource management
- training 180 public servants (63 of these women) in anti-money laundering, agriculture and renewable energy.
More results can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.
Australia expects to provide $17.1 million in development assistance to India in 2012–13. We will:
- improve prevention and care in HIV/AIDS in Northeast India through support for State AIDS Control Societies
- increase awareness of hygiene practices, water collection, storage and handling in Punjab and Uttarakhand
- improve livelihoods of 228,000 households in the Eastern Plateau through better water management and improved cropping systems.
- increase the use of renewable energy in rural India through piloting solar-gas renewable technology.
More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.