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Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

  • Strengthening protection and inclusion of children with disabilities in Laos

    In Laos, children with a disability are often kept at home, largely due to stigma and discrimination. Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) partner UNICEF Australia is supporting the pilot of a model of support for children with a disability in the country.

  • Improving land management practices in Kenya

    Cattle have grazed for generations on pasture along the shores of Lake Baringo, Kenya. But now the land is degraded to the point where it can no longer support this tradition. Mr Sampaaka joined an ANCP project that supports people without land of their own, in community land management and regeneration.

  • Building resilience to climate challenges in Pakistan

    Anwar lives in the Badin district of Pakistan — a region that is experiencing the impacts of climate change. He was quickly supported by the Australia NGO Cooperation Program receiving business training and the resources to set up a corner shop.

  • Supporting child protection in Cambodia

    Child protection and child discipline can be a challenging and sensitive issue to discuss in some contexts. If an adult is punishing children in the same way that they were punished when they were growing up, it can be a complicated process to encourage them to modify their behaviour.

  • Eliminating cervical cancer in Tuvalu

    Like many Pacific nations, Tuvalu does not have an established cervical screening and treatment program. Due to this lack of health infrastructure, it is estimated that Pacific women can die from the disease at up to 13 times the rate of women in Australia.

  • Supporting local youth to lead on coastal food security and climate action in PNG

    Destruction of coral reefs across PNG due to overfishing, use of dynamite and pollution has led to decreasing fish catches for local fishing communities.

  • Building resilient communities in Cambodia

    Nearly 80 percent of Cambodians live in rural areas, with many relying on agriculture as their primary source of food and income. Floods and droughts often threaten their food system.

  • Supporting safe, strong communities in the Solomon Islands

    Learning about financial matters like saving, budgeting and business development helps to build independence for women who have faced domestic violence.

  • Keeping communities healthy in PNG

    In the remote Kokoda Track region of PNG, a group of dedicated Community Health Workers (CHWs) are committed to ensuring their communities stay safe and well from all health risks, including those posed by the virus.

  • Strengthening women’s leadership in fisheries management in the Solomon Islands

    Across the Pacific, women are responsible for as much of 50% of coastal fishing efforts but are generally excluded from fisheries management decision-making.

  • Strengthening protection and inclusion of children with disabilities in Laos

  • Improving land management practices in Kenya

  • Building resilience to climate challenges in Pakistan

2022-23 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
135.5 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 2022-23, 60 ANCP NGOs will work 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

Contact

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

Email ancp@dfat.gov.au

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