Australian Foreign Aid

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The Link and Countries Involved
Australia’s international aid program aims to help reduce poverty and promote economic independence in developing countries. Australia offers two types of aid, bilateral and multilateral aid. Bilateral aid is given directly to the government of the developing country by Australia’s government and is used for health, education and training programs, technology and technical support, community based projects such as building hospitals and schools, and emergency support. Multilateral aid includes all forms of official development assistance. This form of aid is used for large-scale emergency relief projects such as those involving large numbers of refugees, large infrastructure, health, education and training problems, as well as global problems such as global warming and the spread of diseases.

Australia’s primary focus is the Asia–Pacific region, which has the world’s highest concentration of people living in poverty (living on less then $1US a day). Two thirds of the world's poor, around 800 million people, are in the Asia Pacific region yet it receives less than one third of total world aid. The majority of Australia’s Aid is sent to this region and countries such as Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Indonesia.

Government Organizations
Australian Government's overseas aid program is Federal Government funded and aims to reduce poverty in developing countries. The program is managed through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which reports directly to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. AusAID helps fund international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. AusAID also contributes aid through the United Nations (UN) and The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). AusAID assists with programs dedicated to reduce world poverty set up by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

The Asia Pacific Emerging Infectious Diseases Facility, more commonly known as AusReady,...
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