This document presents a Program Logic (also known as a Theory of Change) and associated Performance Assessment Framework for the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Its primary purpose is for DFAT program management.
The ANCP Program Logic articulates the ‘value add’ of the ANCP, as a Program, in terms of how it is expected to contribute to Australia’s efforts to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Program Logic informs the development of tools for assessing program performance, including a Performance Assessment Framework (PAF). DFAT accepted the recommendation to finalise this document as recommended in the recent Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation. This evaluation assessed the ANCP as an effective mechanism to assist NGOs to reduce poverty and support sustainable development.
The ANCP is an annual grant program established in 1974 which provides funding to accredited Australian-based international development NGOs to support their work in developing countries. In 2014-15 the ANCP provided $134 million to 48 accredited Australian NGOs to deliver more than 600 development projects in over 50 countries. The projects are in a range of sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, food security and civil society strengthening.