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Jakarta Post

Australia allocates $602m for development in Indonesia

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 12 2011   /  10:04 am

Australia has announced it will provide an estimated Rp 5.15 trillion (US$602.55 million) in development assistance to Indonesia this year, an increase of more than $100 million compared to last year.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty said Australia’s aid program would focus on alleviating poverty through social protection programs, supporting governance reforms and improving the poor’s access to health, education, transportation, clean water and sanitation.

“The increase in aid funding demonstrates Australia’s long-term commitment to reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development in Indonesia,” he said, adding that Australia would also support Indonesia to achieve its goal of giving every Indonesian child a quality basic education.

Moriarty said Australian aid would improve educational outcomes for more than 500,000 Indonesian child...