AUSAID $4.9 million MN

Posted on November 16, 2007. Filed under: MN News |

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Total estimated ODA 2007-08: $4.9 million

The goal of Australia’s development cooperation program with Mongolia is to strengthen Mongolia’s human and institutional capacity for long-term sustainable development and to assist its transition to a modern market-based economy.

This program will continue to build the skills base of key government agencies and provide Australian Development Scholarships to develop specialised expertise and qualifications in areas such as: public sector financial management, government administration, education and employment policy, social welfare and legal and judicial fields. The program also funds selected small-scale community and good governance activities.

Aid activities in Mongolia

Mongolia Australia Targeted Capacity Building and Small Activity Facility

The centerpiece of Australia’s assistance to Mongolia under the bilateral program is the Mongolia Australia Targeted Capacity Building and Small Activity Facility (CABSAF). Australia will contribute up to $6.6 million to the Facility over five years (August 2003 – August 2008). An additional $1 million (approximately) will be spent per annum on Australian Development Scholarships (ADS). (For more information on CABSAF see the CABSAF website [external website]

The goal of the facility is to contribute to poverty alleviation by strengthening the human resource capacity of Mongolian Government Agencies to implement their Government’s Action Program in priority areas of good governance reform and by supporting community development activities. The facility provides targeted Australian Development and Distance Education Scholarships and capacity building in support of Mongolian Government Agencies’ human resource development programs. In addition, the Facility provides funding for small-scale community and good governance activities.

Emergency assistance

Australia also responds to appeals for emergency assistance to help vulnerable families affected by severe climatic conditions. Since April 2000, Australia has provided $550,000 in emergency assistance.

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD)

This volunteer program operates in a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific, including Mongolia. The program places skilled young Australians, aged 18-30, on short-term assignments in developing countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. Since 1998 when the Program started, 55 Youth Ambassadors have been placed in Mongolia.

Mongolia is also eligible for scholarships under the new Australian Leadership Awards and the Endeavour Awards Program.

Useful websites

May 2007

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