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The Australian Government's overseas aid program is a Government-funded program that aims to reduce poverty in developing countries.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages the Australian aid Program.
Australia, works with other governments, the United Nations, Australian companies and non-government organisations to design and set up projects which tackle the causes and consequences of poverty in developing countries.
Australian aid to Myanmar
Australia is committed to reducing poverty in Myanmar and supporting its transition to democracy.
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia and has some of the lowest social development indicators in the region. One quarter of its estimated 62 million people live in poverty. Around ten per cent of Myanmar people do not have enough food. Only half of all children in Myanmar complete primary school. One in 10 children dies before the age of five and health outcomes are among the worst in the region with large numbers of people dying from easily preventable illness and disease.
Australia recognises we have both a responsibility and the capacity as a regional neighbour of Myanmar to help alleviate poverty. We are one of the largest donors to Myanmar. Our assistance for improving people’s health, education and livelihoods, and our support for the reform process, is making a significant contribution to millions of lives in Myanmar.
Further information on the Australia’s aid to Myanmar can be found at http://aid.dfat.gov.au
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by the Australian Embassy. The program funds projects that provide direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Applications for capacity building projects, including in the areas of governance, economic development and human rights engagement, are also welcome.
Further information, including detailed guidelines, is available at http://www.dfat.gov.au/direct_aid_program/dap_guidelines.html.
Applications for the 2014-15 Direct Aid Program (DAP) are now open. Applications are due by 14 October 2014. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a copy of the application form.