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Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

  • Building community resilience in PNG

    There are 225 million women and girls in developing countries globally with an unmet need for modern contraception.

  • Boosting COVID-19 knowledge in PNG

    A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic can trigger reactions like fear, made worse by a lack of reliable information. This was the scenario that the TB counselling team was faced with in early 2020, as they supported people in Daru who were on TB treatment.

  • Ensuring young women and girls raise their voices in Fiji

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted girls around the world, and it is important that their voices and experiences are included in global discussions and policy decisions.

  • Promoting social inclusion in Tanzania

    Oliva’s ability to earn an income was hindered for many years as she could not read, write or count. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon in Tanzania, where around 25 percent of women and girls over 15 years struggle with illiteracy.

  • Giving mothers and babies a healthy start in Timor-Leste

    In Timor-Leste, more mothers and babies are at risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth or in the first days of life than almost anywhere else in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Using climate-smart crops to increase incomes in Vietnam

    Climate challenges are impacting small-scale farmers in the Mekong Delta, with flooding, saltwater intrusion and dry spells destroying vital crops in one of Asia’s largest food bowls.

  • Creating climate adaptive communities in Indonesia

    Faizah lives in a remote community in Central Sulawesi. Faced with frequent flash floods and slow-onset droughts, farmers in her village are living on less than $20 AUD per week.

  • 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.

  • Building community resilience in PNG

  • Boosting COVID-19 knowledge in PNG

  • Ensuring young women and girls raise their voices in Fiji

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.

Independent evaluation of the ANCP

DFAT has commissioned an independent evaluation of the ANCP. The most recent evaluation of ANCP was completed in 2015.

DFAT wants to ensure it has management and implementation arrangements in place that best support NGOs to continue their work in sometimes rapidly changing operating environments.

It is therefore timely to assess, through this evaluation, how the ANCP management and implementation arrangements can adequately respond to this changing operating environment.

Further information on the evaluation can be found on the ANCP monitoring and evaluation page and ACFID's website.

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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