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Australian NGO Gender Action Platform (The GAP)

We know investment in gender equality is smart economics and the right thing to do – we cannot transform our world unless the place of women within it is transformed.

In 2016-17, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) Gender Equality Fund will provide $10 million for the Australian NGO Gender Action Platform (GAP). The GAP is a competitive grants process for Australian NGOs accredited under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) to strengthen gender equality programming in the Indo-Pacific. The GAP was launched by Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells in September 2016.

DFAT received 34 proposals for the GAP and selected six proposals for grants ranging between $1.25 million - $2.25 million to be delivered in 12 countries. These projects reflect DFAT's commitment to investing in the three priorities of DFAT's Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Strategy: Enhancing women's voice in decision-making, leadership and peacebuilding, promoting women's economic empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls.

The following ANCP NGOs were successful in the GAP competitive grant process:

NGO Project Name Region

Act for Peace

'I'm Prepared' Equality for refugee women in the return- reintegration context

India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar

World Vision Australia

Action Against Gender Violence: Engaging Men, Youth and Children

PNG and Vanuatu

Marie Stopes International Australia

Keeping girls in school through improved reproductive and menstrual health

Timor-Leste and PNG

ActionAid Australia

Gender Responsive Alternatives on Climate Change

Vanuatu, Cambodia, Pakistan and Kenya

Childfund Australia

Rights, Respect, Resilience: skills for safe, equitable and respectful relationships


CARE Australia

Enhancing Women's Voice to Stop Sexual Harassment (STOP)

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar

Objectives of the GAP

The objective of the GAP is to strengthen NGO projects to enhance gender equality outcomes in developing countries, through:

  • the delivery of innovative or transformational NGO projects that reduce violence against women, increase women's economic opportunities and improve leadership for and by women through collective action
  • shared learning on good gender equality practice and lessons from trialling new approaches with GAP NGOs and the broader ANCP
  • increased collaboration on gender equality development challenges, including between NGOs and DFAT bilateral and regional programs.

Gender equality and women's empowerment is one of six priority areas for investment in Australia's aid program. The GAP aims to encourage innovation, development coordination, improved monitoring, evaluation and shared learning processes and effective partnerships across projects addressing gender equality and women's empowerment.


Call for proposals: September 2016

Closing date for proposals: 30 November 2016

Expected announcement of successful projects: International Women's Day 8 March 2017

Project implementation begins: 1 July 2017

Aid related tenders and grants

A list of funding opportunities open to NGOs and CSOs can be found on the Engaging with the Department page.

Last Updated: 14 October 2016


The Gender Action Platform
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Email gap@dfat.gov.au

CARE is working with the garment industry in Cambodia to improve decent work conditions for women. Credit: CARE Australia
Laxmi Tamang, 24, receives Family Planning Counselling at a health post in Nepal supported by Marie Stopes International Australia (MSIA). Credit; Marie Stopes International Nepal.
Children discussing child marriage through World Vision Australia's project in Nepal that is building the resilience of children through life skills orientation in child clubs. Credit: Narendra Rokaya.
A teacher visiting and supporting a student at home through ChildFund's project in Cambodia which is enhancing teachers' learning methods and increasing parental engagement to improve children's literacy.  Credit: ChildFund Cambodia and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education.