Australia, US Partner for Justice, Education and Women Empowerment

    The United States and Australia are teaming up to expand development initiatives in the areas of justice, education and women empowerment.

    In the Statement of Development Cooperation, the Australian Agency for International Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development will be working together to address global development challenges and pursue three initiatives stated in the 2010 U.S.-Australia Strategic Partnership on International Development.

    The first of these initiatives is the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge Development program, which will focus on finding innovative ways to improve the reading skills of primary school-age children in poor countries. The initiative, which will be launched Nov. 18, will be joined by the Australian and U.S. chapters of World Vision.

    The second initiative is the GSMA mWomen Global Development Alliance. In this program, USAID and AusAID will be partnering with GSM Association and Visa Inc. to improve women’s access to education, health care and employment opportunities. The program would incorporate the use of mobile phones.

    The last initiative would see Australia deploying three Australian Civilian Corps justice advisers to the Justice Center in Parwan, a center established by both the U.S. and Afghan governments. The move would help promote transparency and accountability in the Afghan justice system.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.