Development assistance in Kiribati
Overview of Australia's aid program to Kiribati
- 2020-21 bilateral allocation [budget estimate]
- $24.2 million
- 2020-21 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
- $30.5 million
- 2019-20 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
- $27.3 million
Pillar 1 – health security:
Australia is working with Kiribati to strengthen its health system and deliver essential health services (including mental health, rehabilitation and infection prevention and control advice). In response to COVID-19, Australia has provided Kiribati with testing cartridges, medical equipment, personal protective equipment and other supplies, and will support equitable access to safe and effective COVID‑19 vaccines.
Pillar 2 - stability:
Australia is redesigning its support for basic education to take account of the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of education services. We continue to work with Kiribati to strengthen its law and justice institutional frameworks, including through partnering with Kiribati to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence and improve response services. All our investments focus on climate resilience, are disability‑inclusive and address the specific needs of women and girls.
Pillar 3 – economic recovery:
In response to COVID-19, Australia is supporting policy making in Kiribati that promotes economic recovery, improves livelihoods and delivers inclusive growth. The Kiribati-Development Partner Economic Reform Taskforce is a key mechanism for coordinating technical assistance to support economic reform priorities and providing budget support linked to successful implementation of reforms. Australia is also exploring opportunities to invest in quality infrastructure projects that provide local employment opportunities.
Australia has pivoted its support for developing a more capable, qualified and mobile I‑Kiribati workforce in response to COVID‑19 pandemic, including by piloting hybrid online learning at the Kiribati Institute of Technology. We are also supporting I-Kiribati access labour opportunities during this time of border restrictions.
Australia's development efforts are set out in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia's COVID-19 Development Response and the Kiribati COVID-19 Development Response Plan.
The Kiribati-Australia Health Support Program ($3.6 million, 2019-2021) is aligned with the Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services' priorities and provides three years of funding certainty to the Ministry. It builds on Australia's previous support to the Kiribati health sector in areas such as mental health, rehabilitation services and preventing and managing high-burden infectious diseases (particularly tuberculosis, leprosy and hepatitis B). The program also supports system strengthening in workforce development planning and health information improvement. The program has pivoted to support Kiribati's COVID-19 preparedness.
The Kiribati Education Improvement Program ($91 million, 2011-2022) is supporting Kiribati to provide a quality education to all I‑Kiribati girls and boys, including those with a disability. Kiribati has made significant gains over the past decade in improving standards in basic education, in terms of both access and quality. We are building on this work, with a strengthened focus on improving the literacy and numeracy levels of I‑Kiribati children. Our education program is also addressing the need for strong hygiene standards during the COVID-19, including by improving WASH facilities in Kiribati schools.
The Kiribati-Development Partner Economic Reform Taskforce focuses on activities that assists Kiribati to maximise the benefits flowing from its resources and build greater economic resilience against external shocks. Australia coordinates its support with other development partners including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, New Zealand and the European Union. Development partners have agreed to focus support around achievement of a discrete set of economic reforms identified by the Government of Kiribati and to harmonise support. Key areas of reform include financial governance, revenue diversification and improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of essential public services.
The Skills for Employment Program ($36 million, 2016-2023) aims to build a more capable, qualified and mobile I-Kiribati workforce, including through technical and vocational education and training at the Kiribati Institute of Technology and effective management of the Kiribati skills sector. The program is key to the ongoing success of I-Kiribati obtaining local and international employment.