Direct Aid Program (DAP)
Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest.
It sits alongside Australia's longer-term country and multilateral development strategies and with its wide geographical reach plays an important role in supporting local community efforts towards poverty reduction across the globe.
The program is founded on a set of principles which:
- advance developmental outcomes in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) through projects primarily focused on practical and tangible results. This may include projects which support good governance, human rights and those with a strong advocacy component,
- support Australia's wider foreign and trade policy interests and public diplomacy objectives, including promoting a distinctive and positive image of Australia, and
- allow for a wide geographic reach reflecting that Australia has global interests and that DAP provides an effective way to build relationships and maintain Australia's profile.
DAP projects cover a range of sectors such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women's empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security and human rights.
DAP projects engage a wide range of partners including community groups, non-government organisations, educational institutions and local governments.
DAP factsheet: 2016-17
The factsheet provides a summary of the program over 2016-17 and outlines DAP's achievements over the year. It illustrates the implementation of the program through several case studies.
DAP factsheet: 2017-18
The factsheet provides a summary of the program over 2017-18 and outlines DAP's achievements over the year. It illustrates the implementation of the program through several case studies.
Who can apply for DAP funding?
Funding is available on a not-for-profit basis to community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for ODA.
There is no minimum amount that a single DAP project can receive but the maximum is $60, 000 over the life of the project (dependent on the country). Activities can run up to a maximum of two years.
The management of the Direct Aid Program varies from mission to mission. To find out more about how the program is managed in a particular country, please contact the Australian mission overseas that administers DAP in that country.
For Australian mission contact details see our overseas embassies and consulates listing.
International Development Fund (IDF)
The IDF is a sub-program of the Direct Aid Program and is managed through the Australia permanent mission in Geneva.
The IDF supports multilateral agendas that Australia wishes to advance and aims to support ODA-eligible projects that, inter-alia, enable developing countries to participate in international meetings.
IDF support is available to UN organisations, community groups, NGOs or any other not-for-profit organisation. Please contact one of the four Australian missions overseas (at the link above) that manages the IDF program for further detail.
DAP eligible countries (2019-20)
|Region||Administering post||Eligible countries / Territories|
|* The host country does not receive DAP funds|
|Accra (Ghana)||Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo|
|Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)||Ethiopia. Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic|
|Cairo (Egypt)||Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan|
|Harare (Zimbabwe)||Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Congo (Democratic Republic of)|
|Lisbon (Portugal)*||Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe|
|Madrid (Spain)*||Equatorial Guinea|
|Nairobi (Kenya)||Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia,|
|Paris (France)*||Algeria, Mauritania, Chad|
|Port Louis (Mauritius)||Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar|
|Pretoria (South Africa)||South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland|
South and West Asia
|Colombo (Sri Lanka)||Sri Lanka, Maldives|
|Chennai (India)||Chennai, Mumbai|
|New Delhi (India)||India, Bhutan|
|Latin America/Caribbean||Brasilia (Brazil)||Brazil|
|Buenos Aires (Argentina) *||Argentina, Paraguay|
|Bogota (Colombia)||Colombia, Venezuela|
|Lima (Peru)||Peru, Bolivia|
|Mexico City (Mexico)||Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama|
|Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) *||Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname|
|Santiago (Chile) *||Ecuador|
|Middle East||Amman (Jordan)||Jordan|
|Beirut (Lebanon)||Lebanon, Syria|
|Ramallah (Palestinian Territories)||Palestinian Territories|
|South East Asia||Bali (Indonesia)||Indonesia|
|Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)||Malaysia|
|Phnom Penh (Cambodia)||Cambodia|
|Honiara (Solomon Islands)||Solomon Islands|
|Noumea (New Caledonia)||Wallis and Futuna|
|Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia)||Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands|
|Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)||Papua New Guinea|
|Suva (Fiji)||Fiji, Tuvalu|
|Europe||Ankara (Turkey)||Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia|
|Belgrade (Serbia)||Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM|
|Moscow (Russia)*||Tajikistan, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan|
|Vienna (Austria)*||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo|
|North Asia||Beijing (China)||China|
|Ulaan Bataar (Mongolia)||Mongolia|
|Global IDF||Geneva (UN)*||ODA - eligible countries|