Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD)

The Facility

Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) is a competitive funding program which provides funds to eligible Australian public sector organisations to partner with public sector organisations in developing countries. GPFD supports economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Pacific Regions. GPFD funding is also available to assist developing countries to implement the development agendas of high-level intergovernmental organisations such as, but not limited to, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit (EAS), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Pacific Islands Forum (PIFs), Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) and G20 initiatives supporting developing countries.

Australian public sector organisations comprise the Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies and Australian public universities. Only Australian public sector organisations can apply for GPFD funding. Australian public sector organisations can work with implementation partners which may be non-government organisations, government business enterprises, private sector entities including training institutions, and public-private partnerships.

The GPFD wishes to support partnerships that encourage innovation and new approaches to addressing development challenges and partnerships that are clearly meeting a development need in the relevant developing countries.

The minimum total grant is $0.5 million over the life of the activity, and the maximum $3 million. Activities may run for a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.

For Round 3, priority will be given to proposals which support:

  • regional collaboration – particularly in the areas of developing country trade and trade facilitation (goods, services and capital), economic reform and growth, transport safety and security, marine and fisheries resources, food security, energy, water and climate
  • strengthening of public sector capability in developing countries to address constraints to trade and economic growth including policy, infrastructure, financing, local and global supply chains, resource management and workforce skills
  • improved access to financial services, including strengthening the domestic revenue base in developing countries and assisting developing countries to mobilise private investment
  • improved developing country government policy, planning and service delivery particularly in the areas of education and training, health, social inclusion and improving the lives of women and girls
  • improved developing country government accountability and transparency.

Activities may include training programs, a series of seminars and workshops, secondments and internships, peer to peer exchanges, and applied policy research. Long-term, in-country deployments of Australian public sector personnel (six months or more) are generally not encouraged, unless integral to the activity’s success, due to the high cost of such deployments. Activities funded under GPFD have to be ODA eligible, that is, have the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective.

GPFD eligibility and how to apply

The Guidelines for the GPFD outline eligibility requirements, the application and assessment process and where to find additional information.

The annual funding rounds will be run through the Smartygrants website which will only be accessible when the round is open. Applications will only be accepted if submitted through Smartygrants. Email or paper copy applications received by mail will not be accepted. Information about Smartygrants and how it operates can be accessed between funding rounds through the website at any time.

Country and regional programs

To be successful potential activities for GPFD funding must complement Australia’s foreign, development and trade priorities in the relevant developing countries and proponents will need to demonstrate a strong return for Australia’s aid investment in the particular activity.

GPFD Approved Activities

Approved activities from previous GPFD Rounds are provided here:

Approved GPFD Activities



Last Updated: 1 July 2014

Government Partnerships for Development—Update 27 January 2015

The third round of the Government Partnerships for Development program will open for Expressions of Interest on 12 March 2015 and will close on 22 April 2015. Expressions of Interest can only be submitted via Smarygrants.

Guidelines for Round 3 are given below. A small number of Expressions of Interest will be shortlisted and invited to submit Detailed Proposals, we anticipate Detailed Proposals will be called for in early July 2015. We anticipate successful projects will commence in October/November 2015.

It is anticipated that $18 million over three years will be available for Round 3 however this is subject to budget availability. Should there be insufficient budget available, the Round may not proceed.