Summary of publication
The report assesses the ANCP progress in achieving its objectives, and highlights major milestones and reforms over the 2014-15 financial year. In 2014-15, the ANCP reached 19.2 million people with 85 per cent of ANCP projects addressing gender issues; 28 per cent of projects involving engagement with the private sector and 61 per cent of projects addressing disability inclusion.
The ANCP is a successful and highly valued program. This was confirmed by the independent evaluation of the ANCP by the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) in 2014-15 which found that the ANCP provides considerable value for money, not only in the way that ANCP is leveraged to access other resources, including support from the Australian public but also in the way it is managed (in terms of staffing size and the application of an online grant management system).
There are, however, areas that require improvement for the management of the program such as addressing the complexity and improving transparency of funding allocations, greater sharing of knowledge and learning, improving the accuracy of data collection and reporting and increasing awareness and engagement across DFAT, particularly with Australian High Commissions and Embassies (Posts) and the wider Australian public.