In addition to its partnerships with multilateral and regional organisations and bilateral donors, Australia also delivers its aid program to Africa by working with non-government and community-based organisations.
The Australian Government has committed AUD 90 million over five years to support the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES), a partnership program with ten Australian non-government organisatons (NGO’s) and their Africa-based partners to implement community-based interventions for poor and marginalised people in Africa in the areas of food security, maternal and child health, water supply and hygiene and sanitation. The Scheme is focused in communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with particular attention to women, children, people with disability and people vulnerable to disaster. ACCES also comprises activities to improve and enhance good development practices in Africa, inform policy engagement, and increase the Australian public’s understanding of African development challenges and how Australia is responding.
Because of Australian funding through the AACES:
- 17,694 children were vaccinated
- there were 423 additional deliveries with a skilled birth attendant; and
- 5,789 people were provided access to safe water.