Australian High Commission
Republic of Kenya

Development and Humanitarian Cooperation

Development and Humanitarian Cooperation 


The Australian Government's overseas aid program is a Federal Government funded program that reduces poverty in developing countries. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid manages the program. 

Australia's assistance to Africa is aimed to support progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. For general information about Australia's development assistance to Africa, please click here.

The High Commission in Kenya coordinates or supports several development and humanitarian programs in East Africa:

  1. The Direct Aid Program (DAP) - a small grants program that provides financial assistance to eligible groups or organisations undertaking suitable small scale development projects. Projects can be in any sector (eg community health, education, small scale infrastructure, sanitation, rural development, environmental development, gender equality, conferences and training activities, and cultural and sporting activities) but must aim to alleviate basic humanitarian hardships, have a developmental outcome and be implemented within a relatively short period of time. In certain cases, consideration may be given to contributions to disaster relief operations.  Non-Governmental Organisations in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to apply.
  2. Australia Awards  - a scholarship program that provides opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time postgraduate study in Australia or participate in short courses (Australia Awards Africa Fellowships) offered under the program.  Fields of study are targeted to address agreed priority human resource and development needs of recipient countries. Follow the links for alumni news and alumni success stories
  3. Australia Awards Small Grants Scheme - established in 2011, this program supports alumni as they become involved in development activities in their home country. Three of the eligible areas of funding under the grant are seed-funding for the establishment of Alumni Associations, support for small-scale projects with a clear development benefit to African countries, and support for one-off professional development activities for individual alumni. The awarded projects fall in key sectors in Africa’s development efforts, including education and agriculture. For more information on the Small Grants Scheme and the two rounds of funding, click on the links below.

            Awardeees:  First round of Grant Awards in 2013  |  Second round of Grant Awards in 2013
  4. The Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) - this program subsidises Australian NGO community development activities that directly and tangibly alleviate poverty in developing countries.  The major focus of the activity must be at least one of the following:  basic education and training, primary health care, water supply and sanitation, income generation, rural and other poor, disadvantaged groups (particularly women and children), good governance and promotion of civil society, capacity strengthening of local NGOs, sustainable management of the environment and natural resources, renewable energy and appropriate technology.
  5. Humanitarian Support – Australia places a high priority on humanitarian assistance to Somalia. Australia adopts a ‘humanitarian-plus’ approach, focusing on life-saving assistance as well as early recovery and resilience building. In 2016-17 Australia provided AU$17 million for food, health services, water sanitation and hygiene and livelihoods support to communities in Somalia.  This funding was provided through partners such as the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF), Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP), World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  In 2017-18 Australia has provided over  AU$ 18.75  million in response to the ongoing drought.

    Australia provides assistance through direct funding and contributions through global mechanisms. Additional assistance across East Africa in 2016-17 includes AU$2.4 million to UNICEF respond to the drought in Kenya and AU$5 million to support South Sudanese refugees in Uganda through UNHCR. 


For more information: please email and clearly identify which program you are enquiring about.