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 Sustainable 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) – further information available here.


  1. 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. 


  1. 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.


  1. 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 2018-19 Australia provided AU$ 10.5 million support to communities in Somalia.  This funding was provided through partners such as the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) and the Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP) – a consortium of seven international NGOs led by the World Vision Somalia.  In 2019-20 Australia provided AU$ 4.5 million towards life-saving and resilience building interventions in Somalia.

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