Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (AusAID-PACAP) provides small grants to support community-initiated, economically sustainable, ecologically sound and gender responsive development efforts.
AusAID-PACAP is an integral component of the Australian Government’s bilateral assistance to the Philippines. The counterpart agency is the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). AusAID-PACAP will deliver $AUD 20M (PhP 860M) in the current phase (2005-2010) to projects supporting poor communities.
At a glance:
- AusAID-PACAP has administered 448 projects through 276 civil society organizations benefitting an estimated 1.8 million beneficiaries in 59 of the country’s 81 provinces since January 2005
- AusAID-PACAP projects report increased economic productivity and higher household incomes from agricultural production and small enterprises
- AusAID-PACAP projects have overwhelmingly engaged women and have proactively increased their participation in local development
- AusAID-PACAP is contributing to social empowerment in conflict-affected areas that do not benefit from other development assistance
- AusAID-PACAP projects have improved household access to basic services such as clean water, sanitation, basic education and health, with particular emphasis on vulnerable persons/communities.