Australian High Commission

Development cooperation

Australian Aid

The Australian Government's overseas development assistance program is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For general information about Australia's aid program, please click here.

Australian Development Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa

Australia’s development assistance to Africa is carefully targeted to achieve results and impact. For general information about Australia's development assistance to Africa, please click here.

Australia Awards - Africa Scholarships

Currently, the Australia Awards–Africa activities are pause due to COVID-19 on international travel to Australia. The Australian High Commission will provide updated information on the program when this becomes available.

Direct Aid Program

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget. It is a flexible arrangement designed to assist local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.

The DAP 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 High Commission accepts project proposals from all of its countries of accreditation: Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia, Niger and Nigeria. 

All DAP applications must be submitted through our online grants management system SmartyGrants. The portal operates on a web-based platform and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

Applications are being accepted on an invite basis only for the 2023-23 DAP. For further information please email: [email protected]. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.