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The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) 2018-19 Fact Sheet

17 October 2018

World map identifying where ANCP works
ANCP Project Locations in 2018-19

The ANCP is a unique Australian aid program. It is a partnership between the Australian Government and accredited Australian non-government organisations (NGOs). For over 40 years, the ANCP has provided annual grants to accredited Australian NGOs to co-fund their community-based projects in developing countries. In any given year, ANCP NGOs deliver over 450 projects in over 50 countries, in a range of sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, food security and civil society strengthening.

The ANCP supports accredited Australian NGOs to implement their own programs and strategic priorities, consistent with the goals of the Australian aid program. The ANCP requires NGOs to contribute their own funds, raised from the Australian community, to their ANCP portfolio of projects.

Key ANCP Points

  • Managed by the NGOs Programs, Performance & Quality Section (NPQ), the ANCP is the Government’s longest running and largest NGO program, introduced in 1974.
  • In 2018-19 ANCP will provide $131.8m in grant funding to 57 accredited NGOs to implement 454 projects in  60 countries across a range of sectors including Child Protection, Gender, Education, Economic Development, Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Sexual Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Livelihoods, Food Security, Eye Health, Rural Development/Agriculture.
  • The ANCP leverages NGOs’ community support by requiring them to commit $1 for every $5 in DFAT funding.  However, NGOs provide greater matched funding, including funding from private sector donors, and in 2017-18 matched funding by 28%.

Global Results of ANCP in 2017-18

In 2017-18, the ANCP reached approximately 18.3 million people (55% female, 2% people with a disability) with 66% of projects addressing gender issues, 41% addressing disability inclusion and 44% engaging the private sector. This includes:

  • Over 10 million people with increased access to essential medicines and health commodities including HIV treatment (49.5% female; 0.1% people with disabilities);
  • Over 350,000 people with improved access to safe water and toilet facilities (54% female; 1.5% people with disabilities);
  • Over 300,000 poor people with increased access to financial services (80% female; 2.4% people with disabilities); and
  • Over 2,700 women’s organisations supported and over 900,000 people engaged on ending 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 renewed every five years and is carried out by a team of independent assessors. Spot checks and a rolling program of audits provide coverage in the intervening period.

Principles of engagement

The ANCP principles of engagement aim to maintain the long-standing relationship, policy dialogue and shared learning between DFAT and NGOs. They apply to all current and future ANCP participants from smaller NGOs with base accreditation receiving $150,000 per year through to large, international NGOs receiving several million dollars per year. The principles are based on DFAT’s NGO Engagement framework: DFAT and NGOs: Effective Development Partners and were agreed on by NGOs in 2017. The four main principles are:

  • transparency: open communication and dialogue;
  • mutual accountability for results;
  • continuous improvement: shared learning, collaboration and innovation; and
  • respect for independence.

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.

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.

More information

For ANCP information email or visit

For more information about DFAT working with NGOs email

Last Updated: 26 February 2019

Category: Aid

Topic: Development assistance