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Human Development

Gender equality and disability equity

Image: Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Christine Clarke with the teachers and students of Upper Bicutan National High School, a recipient of a 3-storey 12-classroom building provided by the Australian Government. The school promotes gender equality and non-discrimination in its provision of basic education.

We want to support all people to fulfill their potential, including through new international strategies for gender equality, and disability equity and rights. Women and girls are central to development, and investing in women is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and create a more prosperous and equitable world.

Australia is developing a new international equality strategy to guide the breadth of Australia’s engagement, including how we integrate gender equality throughout our development partnerships and programs in the Philippines and the region. We are developing a new international disability equity and rights strategy to ensure that we remain a strong and consistent advocate for disability equity and rights.



Investing in Human Capital

Image: Australia works with the Bangsamoro Government and DepEd Philippines to ensure children in remote and conflict-affected communities can still learn to read and write

Australia recognises education’s essential role in attaining economic prosperity and social stability. For more than 30 years, we have supported the delivery of quality education to improve the lives of Filipino children. This includes support for teacher education and professional development, curriculum implementation and development of learning and teaching materials. Working with the Philippine Government and local partners, we are also helping address the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution through better skills demand forecasting for workforce reskilling. Our targeted support to education in the Bangsamoro Region helps the BARMM government provide children a better chance to live productive and peaceful lives.


Image: Australia through UNFPA Philippines facilitated prenatal check-ups during the Reproductive Health Medical Mission for communities in Maguindanao del Norte.

Through the pandemic, Australia has been a steadfast partner in helping the Philippines deliver safe and effective vaccines, strengthen their health systems, and improve vaccine access in remote areas. Australia’s regional Partnerships for a Healthy Region initiative, which includes support to the Philippines, aims to improve health outcomes in the Pacific and Southeast Asia with a focus on disease prevention and control for both communicable and non-communicable diseases, public health administration and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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