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Australian NGO Gender Action Platform (The GAP)

We know investment in gender equality is smart economics and the right thing to do – we cannot transform our world unless the place of women within it is transformed.

In 2016-17, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) Gender Equality Fund provided $10 million for the 3-year Australian NGO Gender Action Platform (GAP). The GAP was a one-off competitive grants process for Australian NGOs accredited under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) to strengthen gender equality programming in the Indo-Pacific. The GAP was launched by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells in September 2016.

DFAT selected six proposals for grants ranging between $1.25 million to $2.25 million to be delivered in nine countries. These projects reflect DFAT's commitment to investing in the three priorities of DFAT's Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Strategy:

  • enhancing women's voice in decision-making, leadership and peacebuilding
  • promoting women's economic empowerment, and
  • ending violence against women and girls.

The following ANCP NGOs began implementation on 1 July 2017:

NGO Project name Region
Act for Peace 'I'm Prepared' Equality for refugee women in the return- reintegration context India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar
World Vision Australia Action Against Gender Violence: Engaging Men, Youth and Children PNG and Vanuatu
Marie Stopes International Australia Keeping girls in school through improved reproductive and menstrual health Timor-Leste and PNG
ActionAid Australia Gender Responsive Alternatives on Climate Change Vanuatu, Cambodia and Kenya
Childfund Australia Rights, Respect, Resilience: skills for safe, equitable and respectful relationships PNG
CARE Australia Enhancing Women's Voice to Stop Sexual Harassment (STOP) Cambodia and Myanmar

GAP objectives

The objective of the GAP is to strengthen NGO projects to enhance gender equality outcomes in developing countries, through:

  • the delivery of innovative or transformational NGO projects that reduce violence against women, increase women's economic opportunities and improve leadership for and by women through collective action
  • shared learning on good gender equality practice and lessons from trialling new approaches with GAP NGOs and the broader ANCP
  • increased collaboration on gender equality development challenges, including between NGOs and DFAT bilateral and regional programs.

Gender equality and women's empowerment is one of six priority areas for investment in Australia's aid program. The GAP aims to encourage innovation, development coordination, improved monitoring, evaluation and shared learning processes and effective partnerships across projects addressing gender equality and women's empowerment.

GAP outcomes

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