All bilateral aid to Pakistan will be ended by the Morrison government. It includes support for successful programs including helping poor women, girls. The funds for the development assistance will be shifted to the Pacific.
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ latest aid program performance report on Pakistan reveals, “Funding in Australia’s overall aid program has been redirected to support new initiatives in our immediate Pacific region. This has reduced bilateral aid to Pakistan from $39.2 million in 2018-19 to $19 million in 2019-20 and funding for bilateral programs will fully cease in 2020-21.”
One of the essential objectives of Australia’s aid to Pakistan was to assist women and girls with a special focus on their education, increase their access to quality reproductive health and gender-based anti-violence services.
In Asia, Pakistan is one of the poorest countries. On the most recent United Nations Human Development Index, Pakistan was placed at 150th position out of 178 nations. This index ranks countries on the basis of health, education, and income.
In real terms, the overall foreign aid budget of Australia has been slashed by 27% since 2013. Despite this, the Australian government has decided to “step-up” in the Pacific.