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After the budget last week, overall aid allocated to Palestine has been reduced.

After the budget last week, overall aid allocated to Palestine has been reduced.

19 May 2015 in 2015
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The Australian Government will still be providing a fairly similar sum to UNRWA and other related humanitarian programs for operations in the region. The allocation for UNRWA for 2015-16 is $19.3 million, slightly down from $20.3 million in 2014-15. In addition, some $2.3 million will be available from global and regional aid allocations.

On the other hand, bilateral aid to Palestine has been reduced by 40% ($13.7 million). In this regard, Australia will give an estimated $20.5 million in bilateral funding for 2015-16, down from $34.2 million in 2014-15 (the $34.2 million does not include the additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance provided during 2014-15).

When these components are considered together, total Official Development Assistance to Palestine for 2015-16 is expected to total $42.1 million, down from $56.5 million in 2014-15, a total cut of 25% ($14.4 million).

To place this in context, total Australian Official Development Assistance for its world program fell by 20% ($1 billion) with this year’s budget.
General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific's photo.
'Australian Aid Cuts, 2014-15 compared to 2015-16. Chart Source: http://goo.gl/aWLjZQ'

 

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