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Total Official Development Assistance (ODA) estimate 2011–12: $9.9 million
AusAID country program estimate 2011–12: $7.4 million
Regional assistance estimate 2011–12: $2.5 million

Why we give aid to Tuvalu

Tuvalu, a small island developing state, faces severe development challenges arising from limited opportunities and modest financial resources. The country's very small size, geographic remoteness, and constrained economic activity all contribute to limited revenue flows. Tuvalu's income is largely derived from fishing licenses, internet domain license fees, remittances from mariners, and from its savings, primarily the Tuvalu Trust Fund. Successive Government expenditures continue to outpace revenue streams, leaving the country particularly vulnerable to external economic shocks. Structural reforms remain a challenge.

Australia's Partnership for Development with Tuvalu focuses on promoting prudent management of Tuvalu's limited resources in support of longer-term economic goals and the achievement of its national development priorities. Australian support includes strengthening public financial management and the provision of in-line advisers in government budget and oversight agencies. Financial support to underpin improved health and education services will reflect reform and expenditure commitments.

Tuvalu country overview

Recent achievements of the aid program in Tuvalu

Climate Change

Australia has increased the reliability of and access to clean water for 85 per cent of residents on the main island of Funafuti—approximately 4,700 people—by funding the installation of 607 water tanks and improving roof and gutter systems of the households to capture more fresh water.

Living on savings

From 2008 to 2010, Australia contributed approximately $6.93 million to the Tuvalu Trust Fund–one of the few long term revenue sources for Tuvalu. Returns from the Fund are used to help finance Tuvalu's budget deficits, and to supplement Tuvalu's national budget to enable the delivery of essential health and education services.

Video: Trust fund [external site]

Supporting women

In 2010 Australia supported the establishment of Tuvalu's first Women's Crisis Centre. The primary objective of the center is to provide counselling services and shelters for victims of violence in Tuvalu. The project also aims to address awareness campaigns and training on domestic violence.

Building a skilled workforce

Australia is helping Tuvalu build a skilled and educated workforce to meet the needs of both Government and the private sector. Since 2008, Australia has offered 4 Australian Development Scholarships and 12 Australian Regional Development Scholarships for students to study at an Australian institution or regional institution. Almost three-quarters of the 71 Tuvaluans who received scholarships between 2005 and 2008 now work for the Government of Tuvalu.

Video: Scholarships [external site]

Australian assistance is also helping to provide technical vocational training opportunities to the Tuvalu community, through the Australia–Pacific Technical College (APTC). Since 2010, 11 Tuvaluans on APTC scholarships have graduated. There are 5 students currently on APTC scholarships. In addition in February 2011, 32 students including 22 school teachers successfully graduated with APTC certificates.

Law reform

Australian aid has supported the revision of Tuvalu Laws to ensure that the country's legal framework is relevant to the changing environment and consistent with international laws. The Revised Tuvalu Laws were launched in December 2010 with over 50 copies and 200 CD ROMS of the revised Tuvalu laws now accessible to Tuvaluans. Australia's support also enables the public to access these laws and other court decisions via the internet or online.

Video: Law reform [external site]


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Last reviewed: 10 May, 2011

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