QUESTION NUMBER 13 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011
Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
Australia becoming a founding member of the International Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health is an exciting development. At the last Senate estimates the Director General of AusAID, Mr Baxter, highlighted that Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Nigeria would be the initial countries that the Alliance would focus on, and that AusAID would be working to steer the Alliance to working with Australia in some of the countries in our region, including PNG, Timor Leste and Afghanistan-how has this work progressed? How does AusAID envisage Australia contributing to meeting the Alliance's very challenging goal to reduce unmet need for family planning by 100 million women living in developing countries by 2015?
The Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health has expanded its initial focus countries from four to ten countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Pakistan. The Alliance has been successful at encouraging donors to engage in dialogue at country level. Nine
countries have drafted concept notes to set out how partners will engage at country level. These concepts were reviewed in early March by the Alliance Coordinating
Committee of which AusAID is a member. The next phase of the Alliance will involve agreeing investments and collaborations and implementing these at the
country level. Australia is working closely with Alliance partners to ensure that high need countries in the Asia Pacific region are well represented.