The COVID-19 pandemic represents one of the most profound challenges to economic development and human wellbeing in a century. The initial effects have been felt most heavily in wealthier countries. But the eventual impacts are likely to be most acute across the developing world, including in Australia’s near region. This threatens to jeopardise progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Australian government is committed to delivering a targeted and high-quality development program that supports preparedness, response and recovery from COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific. Australia’s approach will be defined by setting clear objectives for all programs and closely monitoring progress against them, in alignment with the government’s broader focus on effective implementation.