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Government Partnerships for Development  (GPFD)

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Government Partnerships for Development—Update 1 July 2014

The second round of the Government Partnerships for Development program is now closed. All applicants will be advised of outcomes by the end of July 2014. Short-listed applicants will be invited to prepare detailed funding proposals to be submitted for final selection.

The level of funding available (if any) is not known as yet and finalisation of the round will be subject to budget availability.

Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) is a competitive funding program which provides funds to eligible Australian public sector organisations to support economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Pacific Regions. GPFD funding is also available to assist developing countries to implement the development agendas of high-level intergovernmental organisations such as, but not limited to, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit (EAS), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Pacific Islands Forum (PIFs), Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) and G20 initiatives supporting developing countries.

Australian public sector organisations comprise the Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies and Australian public universities. Only Australian public sector organisations can apply for GPFD funding for activities which build capacity in developing country counterpart public sector organisations. Australian public sector organisations can work with implementation partners which can be non-government organisations, government business enterprises, private sector entities, and public-private partnerships. The GPFD wishes to support partnerships that encourage innovation and new approaches to addressing development challenges and partnerships that are clearly meeting a development need in the relevant developing countries.

The minimum total grant is $0.5 million over the life of the activity, and the maximum $3 million. Activities may run for a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.

For Round 2, priority will be given to proposals which support:

  • regional collaboration – particularly in the areas of trade and trade facilitation (goods, services and capital), economic reform and growth, transport safety and security, marine and fisheries resources, food security, energy, water and climate
  • the strengthening of public sector capability to address constraints to increasing trade, investing in infrastructure, and improving connectivity, including access to global supply chains
  • improved access to financial services, strengthening the domestic revenue base in developing countries and assisting them to mobilise private investment
  • improved government policy, planning, regulation and service delivery particularly in the areas of education, health, social inclusion and improving the lives of women and girls
  • government efforts to reduce corruption, improve transparency and accountability and prevent conflict.

Activities may include training programs, a series of seminars and workshops, secondments and internships, peer to peer exchanges, and applied policy research. Long-term, in-country deployments of Australian public sector personnel (six months or more) are generally not encouraged, unless integral to the activity’s success, due to the high cost of such deployments. Activities funded under GPFD have to be ODA eligible, that is, have the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective.

GPFD eligibility and how to apply

The Guidelines for the GPFD outline eligibility requirements, the application and assessment process and where to find additional information. These will be available from the GPFD website from 2 April 2014.

The annual funding rounds will be run through the Smartygrants website which will only be accessible when the round is open. Applications will only be accepted if submitted through Smartygrants. Email or paper copy applications received by mail will not be accepted. Information about Smartygrants and how it operates can be accessed between funding rounds through the website at any time.

Country and regional programs

To be successful potential activities for GPFD funding must complement Australia’s foreign, development and trade priorities in the relevant developing countries and proponents will need to demonstrate a strong return for Australia’s aid investment in the particular activity.

GPFD Round 1 2013 Approved Activities

Approved activities from GPFD Round 1 (2013) are:

Title Summary Region/Country of focus Public Sector Organisation Duration Total funds
Implementation of the Asia Region Funds Passport Improving the technical skills of financial market regulators in developing APEC economies to support participation in the cross-border marketing and trading of managed funds APEC Developing Country members Australian Treasury March 2014 – June 2016 $1,517,360.00
Structural Reform in the APEC, ASEAN and East Asia Summit regions Improving the capacity of developing economy officials and organisations to undertake structural economic reforms aligned with APEC/ASEAN APEC + some ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations Productivity Commission March 2014 – June 2016 $1,134,042.00
Small Scale Mining for Development Working with Indonesian government agencies in two eastern provinces and two Indonesian universities to improve sustainability of small scale mining Indonesia Charles Darwin University March 2014 – June 2016 $1,162,443.61
Promoting Infrastructure Private-Public Partnerships Enhancing the institutional capacity of APEC/ASEAN/ EAS developing country member nations to design, finance and implement private-public partnership infrastructure projects APEC + some ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University March 2014 – June 2016 $2,467,916.31
Developing Research Capacity at the University of Rangoon Improving the quality of the University of Rangoon’s research capacity particularly in the areas of law and demographics/human resource planning in order to support evidence based policy making Burma Australian National University March 2014 – June 2016 $1,726,958.74
Enhancing Ocean Governance Supporting Pacific Island Countries and Territories to manage marine and coastal resources for sustainable economic development and food security Pacific regional Department of Environment March 2014 – June 2016 $3,651,942.00
Supporting Women and Children Experiencing Gender Based Violence Working with Vietnam Women’s Unions to strengthen service delivery for women and children experiencing gender-based violence Vietnam Flinders University March 2014 – June 2016 $2,120,861.00
Improving Teacher capacity and Education Systems in Papua, Indonesia Working with the Papuan Department of Education, Youth and Sport to provide nine years of basic education for all Papuan children Indonesia University of the Sunshine Coast March 2014 – June 2016 $3,875,820.00
Supporting the Regional Management of Climate Information Supporting Pacific Island Countries and Territories to be more climate resilient by improving access and utilisation of climate information Pacific region Griffith University March 2014 – June 2016 $1,524,610.23
Village Poultry Health and Biosecurity Program Capacity building of government and villagers in poultry raising and marketing, food security and nutrition and biosecurity policies and practices Timor Leste Department of Agriculture March 2014 – June 2016 $1,363,547.00
Support for Implementation of the Kenyan Constitution Sharing Australian expertise in Commonwealth constitutional processes to strengthen new democratic institutions in Kenya Kenya Queensland University of Technology March 2014 – December 2015 $779,634.58
Total $21,325,135.47


Last reviewed: 1 July, 2014