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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

Australian Humanitarian Partnership

The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) is a strategic ten-year (2017-2027) partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

The AHP is delivering more effective, innovative and collaborative humanitarian assistance by enabling Australia to leverage the expertise and global reach of Australian NGOs to respond to disasters and protracted crises in our region and beyond.

The program helps to save lives and alleviate suffering by supporting partner countries, local organisations, and communities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other humanitarian crises. The AHP meets these objectives by focusing efforts on disaster response and disaster preparedness and resilience.

The AHP has responded to rapid and protracted crises in the Pacific, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, AHP partners have reached over 8 million people in the Pacific and Timor-Leste with support such as health and hygiene information, vaccine roll out, access to water and sanitation facilities, alternative livelihood opportunities and improved food security.

Through the Disaster READY program, the AHP also has a specific focus on strengthening the ability of local communities and organisations in the Pacific to prepare for and respond to crises. Overall, $100 million is being invested (2017-2027) to support communities, local civil society actors and governments across the region to manage disasters more effectively. This includes ensuring that women, youth, children, people living with disabilities, and other at-risk groups are better prepared for and more resilient to disasters and climate change


Group photo of graduates from the Disaster READY-supported Emergency Response Training.
Graduates of a Disaster READY-supported Emergency Response Training (ERT) course show off their certificates in Malaita, Solomon Islands. The course was the first time the province’s disaster office has directly trained community members in ERT. Credit: Ernest Ta’asi, Oxfam in the Pacific.

DFAT has partnered with six peak Australian NGOs and their consortium partners to deliver on these priorities:

  • CARE Australia
  • Caritas Australia
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Plan International Australia
  • Save the Children Australia
  • World Vision Australia


Photo of a Rohingya woman and child at a health care centre.
A Rohingya woman and child receive medicine at an AHP-supported health centre run by CARE Australia in a refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Lisa Ritchie, AHPSU.

The AHP has been subject to a AHP Mid-Term Evaluation (2020) and Management Response (2021). The current phase of the program is guided by the Australian Humanitarian Partnership Phase II Investment Design Document.

More information is available on the AHP website.

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