Foreign Minister Bob Carr today welcomed the release of the Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness for 2011-12, which found that Australian overseas aid helped to save millions of lives and deliver more opportunities for the world's poor.
The Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness reports on the results achieved in 2011-12 by Australian Government agencies delivering Australia's aid program.
The Review found Australia’s foreign aid program enhanced regional security, made measureable reductions in poverty and assisted communities afflicted by disaster or conflict.
Examples of aid outcomes during the Review period included:
- an additional one million children enrolled in school;
- immunisation for more than two million children;
- access to clean water for 2.5 million people in need;
- assistance for more than 230,000 pregnant women in developing countries through provision of skilled birth attendants during delivery;
- access to better agricultural technology for 285,000 people in rural and remote communities in developing countries.
The Review also found the delivery of Australian aid over 2011-12 had been strengthened by:
- publication of a four-year Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework which sets out how, why and where Australian aid will be spent;
- The establishment of an Independent Evaluation Committee to improve the quality and independence of aid program evaluations;
- enhanced fraud and audit measures; and
- the Australian Multilateral Assessment from March 2012, which seeks greater accountability from multilateral organisations funded by Australia.
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 Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness is available at www.ausaid.gov.au/makediff/Pages/annual-review-aid-effectiveness.aspx
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