The Australian Government's overseas aid program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia is working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver aid where it is most needed and most effective.
Australia is a long-standing partner to Afghanistan and has provided over AUD 1 billion in development assistance since 2001. Australia’s assistance focuses on supporting economic growth and governance, increasing education opportunities, strengthening agriculture and rural livelihoods, empowering women and girls, and providing humanitarian assistance to those displaced by conflict and natural disasters.
Some of Australia’s key development results include:
- funding four Women’s Protection Centres, providing shelter and support services to 2,313 women and their children; training and support across 13 provinces for 850 police and justice sector officials on Afghanistan’s elimination of violence against women Law and women’s rights in 2015-16.
- providing community based education classes to more than 19,000 children between 2011 and 2016. More than 70 per cent of these were girls.
- training more than half a million people (44% female) in human rights since 2005.
- facilitating training on improved agricultural practices for more than 13,000 farmers (4550 women and 8450 men) in 2015-16 through the Australia Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme.
- providing flood protection for irrigation canals and over 700 hectares of agricultural land, benefiting more than 2,000 families through UNDP’s National Area Based Development Program between 2013-15.
- construction of 27 kilometre-long gravel road; and rehabilitation and maintenance of a further 120 kilometres of gravel roads in Afghanistan from 2013-16, through the United Nations Office for Project Services.
- supporting the clearance of more than 700 mines and 7,000 explosive remnants of war from 3.3 million square metres of hazardous land, benefiting more than 61,000 Afghans.
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Direct Aid Program (DAP)
DAP funding in Afghanistan is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities in Afghanistan. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects and activities which can achieve practical outcomes related to community health and infrastructure, economic empowerment, youth, gender equality and poverty alleviation.
To be eligible for funding, projects must fall within the DAP guidelines. The Kabul DAP Committee will consider each application on its merits and make recommendations for funding based on expected development outcomes.
Applications for DAP funding for 2016/17 have now closed. Applications for next financial year will re-open towards the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year.
For further information on DAP, including the DAP guidelines, please see http://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/development-issues/direct-aid-program/Pages/direct-aid-program.aspx