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Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

  • Building inclusive communities in Indonesia

    One of the most challenging barriers to building inclusive communities can be tackling stigma attached to mental illness.

  • Youth Innovators in the Philippines

    Jane is a 22 year-old Youth Innovator in Plan International Australia’s Urban Nexus Manila project. 

  • Women leaders prepare for and respond to emergencies in Vanuatu

    ActionAid Australia supports Ni-Vanuatu women’s leadership through the Women I Tok Tok Tugeta (Women talk together) network. In this network the women learn about preparing for, and responding to, crises, disasters and climate change.

  • Sustainable fisheries management in Solomon Islands

    Even before the pandemic, Solomon Islands’ coastal fisheries were under pressure. Coastal fisheries are vital to the income and food security of most rural households and can be a crucial coping mechanism for communities facing environmental, social and economic shocks.

  • Active citizenship in Papua New Guinea

    Passionate about ensuring young people have a place at the table, newly appointed Ward Member, Honourable Billy Arau, gained skills in Oxfam Australia’s capacity building workshop to advocate for those in his region.

  • Addressing safe water in Myanmar

    Dala township in Yangon, Myanmar is characterised by inadequate access to water and sanitation services, as well as a general lack of awareness of the importance of hygiene.

  • Preparing for disasters in Indonesia

    Rano, a village in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is vulnerable to landslides. The consequence can be devastating for a population living in poverty that lack access to essential public services.

  • Promoting Women's Rights and Resilience in Emergencies in the Philippines

    The Philippines is exposed to a high risk of recurring disasters, so it is critical that communities are prepared for and supported to reduce risks associated with any future disasters.

  • Increasing financial inclusion in Cambodia

  • Partnership for rehabilitation in Nepal

  • Building inclusive communities in Indonesia

  • Youth Innovators in the Philippines

  • Women leaders prepare for and respond to emergencies in Vanuatu

2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$133.5 million

What is the ANCP?

The ANCP is a unique Australian development program. It is a partnership between the Australian Government and highly effective Australian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). For over 45 years, this partnership has supported the most disadvantaged in communities around the world.

The ANCP is the Australian Government's longest running and largest NGO program. Each year, the ANCP supports over 55 Australian NGOs and over 2,000 local partners to deliver around 400 projects in around 50 countries.

How do we help?

The ANCP improves the lives of millions of people every year. ANCP NGOs and their local partners run community-based projects that have a direct and tangible impact on the individuals, institutions and communities involved.

ANCP NGOs create positive change and achieve inspiring results. See the results from the previous financial year in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program fact sheet.

Why do we work with NGOs?

NGOs are vital development partners. Both Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response and the Foreign Policy White Paper identify NGOs as a critical part of Australia’s international development efforts.

NGOs can be powerful agents for change and play a crucial role in preserving and advancing human rights and sustainable development around the globe.

Read about DFAT’s approach to working with NGOs in order to achieve the goals of Australia's development program.

Which NGOs do we work with?

We work with NGOs who have demonstrated their ability to deliver results against our objectives and who offer value for money. ANCP NGOs have strong local partnerships that support collaboration, capacity building and sustainability.

ANCP NGOs must pass a rigorous accreditation process that assesses their organisational structure, philosophies, policies and practices. There are over 55 Australian NGOs accredited to receive funding under the ANCP – see the list of Australian accredited NGOs.

How do we work with NGOs?

The ANCP provides funding – in the form of annual grants – to accredited Australian NGOs. This funding supports their projects in developing countries. The projects span a range of sectors, including education, health, water and sanitation, food security and economic development.

The ANCP requires NGOs to contribute their own funds, raised from the Australian community, to their ANCP projects.

The two key mechanisms for working with NGOs to achieve the goals of Australia's development program are the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) partnership and the Committee for Development Coorporation (CDC).

Where do we work?

In any given year, ANCP NGOs deliver around 400 projects in around 50 countries. See details of all ANCP projects for this and previous financial years.

Why is the ANCP necessary?

ANCP NGOs have strong connections with local communities, both in Australia and overseas. They bring a comprehensive understanding of poverty in local contexts and deep development expertise.

ANCP NGOs and their in-county partners have particular skills, networks and reach, and the ANCP allows them to design and deliver projects to these strengths.

The ANCP Program Logic articulates the value-add of the ANCP to Australia’s development program.

Health, stability, economic recovery

ANCP and Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response

In 2021-22, 57 ANCP NGOs are working with over 2000 local partners to strengthen health security, maintain social stability and stimulate economic recovery in our region.

Health security

ANCP is supporting health systems to respond to COVID-19, improving communities’ water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions and ensuring information on the pandemic is presented in an accessible way.

Women sticking a poster to a wall

Social stability

ANCP is ensuring that the social impacts of COVID-19 are being addressed through support for education, disaster risk reduction and protecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as women and people with a disability.

Woman in class room

Economic recovery

ANCP is working to secure livelihoods and food security for communities to ensure they can address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man in a field


Australian NGO Cooperation Program
NGO Program and Partnerships Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221


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