Australian Embassy

Development cooperation

Development cooperation 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  administers most of Australia’s overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest.

The Cambodia country program focuses on three key objectives: (1) improving access to infrastructure; (2) increasing agricultural productivity; and (3) better health and education. Across all our programs we focus on inclusive participation, governance, women’s empowerment and disability.

More information on the Australian Government bilateral aid program in Cambodia can be found here.

The ASEAN and East Asia Regional aid program also has activities in Cambodia. More information on these programs can be found here.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP)

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra allocates funding annually to the Australian Embassies to support the Direct Aid Program (DAP). The purpose of the DAP is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and assist in sustainable development through small grants. Further information on DAP can be found here.

DAP projects should be aimed primarily at achieving practical and tangible outcomes, contributing to poverty alleviation, including activities related to community health, disabilities, schools/education, small-scale infrastructure, rural development, youth, gender equity, human rights, the environment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.

Any international or local non-government organisation or institution legally registered in Cambodia is welcome to apply. Organisations applying for funding for the first time should provide proof of their recognition by the Cambodian authorities.

New DAP rounds are announced in August or September each year.

Interested organisations are encouraged to monitor this website or our Twitter page @AusEmbPP for important dates in future funding rounds. Enquires can be sent to: