Summary of publication
The report assesses the ANCP progress in achieving its objectives, and highlights major milestones and reforms over the 2015-16 financial year. Key findings of this report are:
- 53 Australian NGOs worked with 2818 in-country partners to deliver 588 projects in 58 countries. ANCP NGOs worked in a range of sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, governance and economic development reaching 15.3 million people.
- high performance on inclusive development where 87 per cent of ANCP projects addressed gender issues, 67 per cent of projects addressed disability inclusion and 44 per cent of projects involved engagement with the private sector. The ANCP Thematic Review on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment was also published in March 2016.
- strong progress against all three program objectives with four of six benchmarks achieved, one partly achieved and one not achieved and delayed to 2016-17.
- program reform and implementation of recommendations from the 2015 Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) independent evaluation of the ANCP (ODE Evaluation) including the finalisation and publication of the Program Logic (Theory of Change) and Performance Assessment Framework in September 2015; and the development and staged implementation of a clarified Funding Policy in April 2016.
- Accreditation, monitoring visits, annual reporting, Partner Performance Assessment (PPAs) and the Thematic Review confirm that ANCP NGOs are committed to delivering effective programs and have monitoring and evaluation processes to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.
DFAT's NGO Programs, Performance and Quality section (NPQ) will continue to implement recommendations from the ODE Evaluation including:
- clarifying partnership engagement through the development of partnership principles and their inclusion as a preamble to the Program Logic;
- clarifying the role of Posts and increase awareness and engagement of the ANCP across DFAT, particularly with Australian High Commissions and Embassies (Posts) and the wider Australian public
- strengthen the ANCP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework (MELF) to improve the accuracy of data collection and reporting; and
- improve the sharing of lessons between Australian and local NGOs and DFAT.