Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

  • Improving lives and livelihoods in East Nusa Tenggara

    Rural communities in the islands of West Timor and Flores, close neighbours of Australia, are among the poorest people in Indonesia and in our region.

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  • Toilets offering independence in Cambodia

    Pol, 36, is from the Tampuen ethnic minority and used to work as a gem miner.

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  • Girls having a say in their city in the Solomon Islands

    Plan International Australia's Safer Cities for Girls project in Honiara, Solomon Islands, was launched with support from the ANCP.

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  • Women leading in slums in Bangladesh

    Supported by the ANCP, Habitat for Humanity is implementing an Urban Resilience program in Bangladesh to help improve essential services.

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An Australian Government and NGO partnership supporting locally-led and sustainable development.

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 40 years, 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 that have a direct and tangible impact on reducing poverty in developing countries. It is an effective and efficient Australian aid program. 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, 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 skills 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 ANCP Program Logic outlines the rationale for the ANCP.

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 their organisational structure, philosophies, policies and practices. 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?

ANCP NGOs have strong connections with local communities, both in Australia and overseas. They bring a comprehensive understanding of poverty in local contexts and deep development expertise. ANCP NGOs and their in-county partners have particular skills, networks and reach, and the ANCP allows them to design and deliver projects to these strengths.

Last Updated: 19 July 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 57 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 27 Australian NGO projects in PNG.