Australia started providing assistance to Nepal as early as the 1960s. Formal diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1960 and development cooperation started in 1979. AusAID advises the Australian Government on international development policy and manages Australia’s official overseas aid program.
AusAID works nation-wide and does not have a particular geographical focus in terms of its program. The AusAID-Nepal office is based inside the premises of the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu.
Type of assistance and programming
The Australian Government’s Development Cooperation with Nepal supports peace building mainly through activities that address the root causes of conflict – primarily issues of governance, and issues associated with poverty and discrimination, including against women, dalits and janajatis. Australia also supports sustainable livelihood activities and activities that promote improved service delivery, particularly in health (HIV, child health and water and sanitation).
Australia’s Development Cooperation to Nepal is largely delivered through multilateral mechanisms and through delegated responsibility arrangements with DFID-Nepal. These mechanisms confirm the importance placed by the April 2006 White Paper on the Australian aid program on the need for a stronger partnership and to align and harmonize aid delivery for greater aid effectiveness.