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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

Australian Humanitarian Partnership

The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) is a strategic five-year (2017-2022) 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 allowing Australia to utilise the networks and access of Australian NGOs to respond to disasters and protracted crises in our region and beyond.

The program helps to save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity during and in the aftermath of conflict, disasters and other humanitarian crises. The AHP meets these objectives by focusing efforts both on disaster response as well as disaster preparedness.

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 are reaching over 4 million people in the Pacific and Timor-Leste with support such as health and hygiene information, 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, $50 million is being invested (2017-2022) to build the capacity of local organisations across the region to manage disasters more effectively. This includes ensuring that women, people with disabilities, youth and children’s rights and needs are being met in disaster preparedness and response at all levels.


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.

More information is available on the AHP website.

Recommendations from the AHP Mid-Term Evaluation (2020) and Management Response (2021) are being implemented where possible through the design update process for the next phase of AHP (2022-2027).

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