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Equipping Ethiopian Farmers to Earn an Income

SELD aims to address the issue of food insecurity

The Shurmo Education and Livelihood Development (SELD) project in Ethiopia has been supported through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) partnership with International Needs Australia (INA) for many years. INA’s in-country partner is Bole Bible Baptist Church Childcare and Development (BBBC). Together, they help to develop local skills to ensure updated, productive and effective…

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Statement on the situation in Ethiopia

Australia condemns the ongoing fighting, use of sexual violence and severe restrictions on humanitarian access

Australia is deeply concerned at reports of airstrikes on the Tigray capital, Mekelle, and the escalation of conflict in northern Ethiopia.  Australia condemns the ongoing fighting, use of sexual violence and severe restrictions on humanitarian access. As the conflict nears its one-year anniversary it continues to have a devastating impact…

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Adopting climate resilient agriculture in Uganda

Quaker Service Australia’s (QSA), along with their implementing partner St Jude Family Projects, use a two-year model that allows women to drive their own empowerment

In rural Uganda, women farmers are building food security through Quaker Service Australia’s (QSA) community-oriented training program. In the Rakai, Masaka and Lwengo districts – as in many rural parts of the world – the women grow most of the food. So it was the women who came together and requested…

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Australian Contribution to Fighting Ebola and other Infectious Disease Outbreaks

This commitment will support the WHO Contingency Fund’s containment efforts in the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The Australian Government will increase its efforts to support international organisations to respond to infectious disease outbreaks in developing countries. Australia will contribute $4 million to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies to enable quick and effective mobilisation of WHO responses to outbreaks. This commitment will support…

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Statement by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP on Humanitarian Assistance to Somalia

Statement by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP on Humanitarian Assistance to Somalia: Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing humanitarian assistance to people in Somalia facing severe food insecurity due to conflict and drought. The $17 million in assistance that we provided to…

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Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Appointment of Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Appointment of Ambassador to Zimbabwe: Today I announce the appointment of Ms. Bronte Moules as Australia’s next Ambassador to Zimbabwe, with non-resident accreditation to Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Zambia. The appointment comes at an important…

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Strengthening the skills and capacities of Africa’s future leaders with the Australia Awards

The successful Awardees will be mobilizing to undertake their studies at various Australian universities from January 2018

Twenty successful applicants from Nigeria have received scholarships in diverse fields within the Agriculture, Extractives, and Public Policy sectors as part of professionals selected and awarded from 15 African countries to study at Masters Level in Australia. The successful Awardees will be mobilizing to undertake their studies at various Australian…

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Humanitarian assistance for Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia

In South Sudan and Somalia, millions have been forced to flee their homes and more than 13 million people require assistance

Today I announce the Australian Government will provide further assistance in response to widespread and devastating hunger and cholera in Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. The Government will contribute $30 million in humanitarian assistance for people in these countries who are facing the risk of famine due to conflict and…

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High Commissioner to Kenya

Australia enjoys warm relations with East African countries through our shared membership of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Indian Ocean Rim Association

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Alison Chartres as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Ms Chartres will also be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements…

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High Commissioner to Mauritius

Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and marine economic activity

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Today I announce the appointment of Ms Jenny Dee as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Mauritius with non-resident accreditation to Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles. Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and…