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The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) 2017-18 Fact Sheet

19 December 2017

World map identifying where ANCP works
2017-18 ANCP project locations

The ANCP is DFAT’s largest single support mechanism for accredited Australian non-government organisations (NGOs). It is an annual grants program that provides funding to accredited Australian NGOs working with communities to deliver projects in developing countries across a range of sectors, including education, health, water and sanitation, governance and economic development. The ANCP respects the organisational independence of Australian NGOs, providing flexible funding to implement their own development programs overseas. This includes discretion in programming in Overseas Development Assistance countries and sectors of their choice.

Key ANCP Points

  • The ANCP was introduced in 1974 and is the Government’s longest running NGO program
  • 2017-18, the program will provide $128.8 million to 57 NGOs to support approximately 455 projects in over 50 countries in a range of sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, food security, civil society and economic development 
  • In 2016-17, the ANCP reached 12.8 million people with 69% of projects addressing gender issues; 62% addressing disability inclusion; and 45% engaging the private sector
  • The ANCP leverages NGOs’ community support by requiring them to commit $1 for every $5 in DFAT funding. However, many NGOs are able to provide greater matched funding; including funding from the private sector
  • The ANCP enables NGOs to maintain relationships and develop capacity in sectors and geographic areas both within and beyond the foot print of DFAT’s regional and bilateral aid program. ANCP projects must align with the aid program’s overarching goals, though they are not required to mirror DFAT’s country aid investment plans

Global Results of ANCP in 2016-17

  • Over 4 million people with increased access to essential medicines and health commodities including HIV treatment
  • Over 1 million people with improved to access safe water and toilet facilities
  • Over 230,000 poor people with increased access to financial services (75% female)
  • Over 6,000 women’s organisations supported and over 2 million people engaged on issues of violence against women

How are ANCP Grants awarded, managed and monitored?


Australian NGOs funded under the ANCP must pass a rigorous accreditation process that assesses an NGO’s governance, program management capacity, partner management, links with and support from the Australian public, and risk management.  Accreditation is carried out by a team of independent assessors and may take up to nine months to complete. To maintain accreditation, NGOs must be re-accredited every five years, and be available for spot checks and a rolling program of audits in the intervening period.

ANCP Partnerships

Under the ANCP, DFAT has a Partnership with ten of Australia’s largest development NGOs (World Vision Australia, Oxfam Australia, Caritas Australia, PLAN International Australia, ChildFund Australia, CBM Australia, CARE Australia, TEAR Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Save the Children Australia). ANCP NGO Partners play an enhanced role in policy dialogue and engagement in the aid program, due to the scope and scale of their networks and expertise.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The ANCP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework (MELF) provides the evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ANCP in achieving results in poverty reduction. The MELF consists of common reporting formats, biennial meta-evaluations, alternate biennial thematic reviews and an annual program of in-country visits.

Evaluation of the ANCP by the Office of Development Effectiveness

An independent evaluation of the ANCP by the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) in 2014-15 confirmed the ANCP is a successful and highly valued program. The ANCP provides considerable value for money, particularly in the way the program is leveraged to access to other resources, including support from the Australian public.

Evaluation of the Australian NGO Cooperation Program

More information

For queries about the ANCP, please email or visit Australian NGO Cooperation Program.

For more information about DFAT working with NGOs, please email or visit DFAT and NGOs: Effective Development Partners [PDF 898 KB]

Last Updated: 19 December 2017

Category: Aid

Topic: Development assistance