Australian NGO Cooperation Program

  • Protecting child rights in Myanmar

    International Needs Australia's Child Rights Project in Myanmar is a child-led initiative allowing children to reclaim their voice.

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  • Tackling a drug-resistant TB epidemic in PNG

    With ANCP funding, the Burnet Institute provides a support team for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients on Daru Island in PNG.

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  • Providing primary healthcare and vocational training in Gaza

    In Gaza, a healthcare and vocational training program is enhancing the health and livelihood status of over 25,000 vulnerable people each year.

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  • Reducing child mortality in Indonesia

    Every year 5.9 million children under the age of five die worldwide.

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For over 40 years, the Australian Government has provided funding through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) to support the development activities of accredited Australian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

2018-19 Budget Estimate:
$132.5 million

What is the ANCP?

The ANCP is a unique Australian aid program. It is a partnership between the Australian Government and accredited Australian NGOs. For over four decades, this partnership has contributed to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in some of the world's poorest countries. The ANCP is the Australian Government's longest running and largest NGO program.

How do we help?

The ANCP supports community-based projects which have a direct and tangible impact on reducing poverty in developing countries. It delivers effective and efficient development results. See results from the previous financial year in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program Fact Sheet.

How do we work with NGOs?

ANCP provides funding – in the form of annual grants – to accredited Australian NGOs, in order to support their projects in developing countries. These 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.

Two key mechanisms for working with NGOs to achieve the goals of Australia's aid program are the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) partnership and the Committee for Development Coorporation (CDC).

Why do we work with NGOs?

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper recognises NGOs as vital partners in our effort to encourage greater stability in our region. The ANCP acknowledges the unique strengths that NGOs bring to development activities, which both complement and strengthen Australia's overall aid efforts. NGOs have particular expertise, networks and reach to support the poorest and most vulnerable in communities. 

Read about our approach to working with NGOs in order to achieve the goals of the Australian aid program. The rationale for the ANCP is outlined in the ANCP Program Logic.

Which NGOs do we work with?

We work with NGOs who have demonstrated their ability to deliver results against our objectives, who offer value for money, and who have strong local partnerships that support collaboration, capacity building and sustainability.

NGOs funded through the ANCP must pass a rigorous accreditation process that assesses an NGO's development approach, governance, program management capacity, partner management, risk management and links with the Australian public. There are over 50 NGOs accredited to receive funding under the ANCP – see the list of Australian accredited NGOs.

Where do we give aid?

In any given year, ANCP NGOs deliver over 450 projects in over 50 countries. See details of all ANCP projects for the past three financial years.  

Why is ANCP necessary?

An independent evaluation of the ANCP confirms that it is a successful and highly valued program. The 2015 Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) evaluation of the ANCP found that it extends the reach of the Australian aid program; supporting activities, building relationships and developing capacity in sectors and geographic areas beyond the foot print of DFAT's regional and bilateral aid programs.

Last Updated: 13 February 2018


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


key documents

Opportunity, Security, Strength

ANCP and the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper:

"NGOs in particular are vital partners in our effort to encourage greater prosperity and stability in our region."

ANCP partners with 57 Australian NGOs to reduce poverty in developing countries.

"Responding to climate change will be continue to be a priority for Australia's development assistance."

ANCP supports 53 Australian NGO projects that deliver climate change activities.

"Supporting a stable and prosperous Papua New Guinea is one of our most important foreign policy objectives."

ANCP assists 34 Australian NGO projects in PNG.