Australian Embassy
Islamic Republic of Iran

Development cooperation

Development Cooperation 

About Australia's Aid Program

The Australian Government\'s overseas aid program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia is working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver aid where it is most needed and most effective.

Australian aid has helped our neighbours and countries further abroad to develop. For example, Australian aid has wiped out polio from the Pacific. Australian aid has seen more than 1.5 million children immunised against measles and polio in Papua New Guinea. 

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The Direct Aid Program 

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.

The Australian Embassy in Tehran’s Direct Aid Program assists vulnerable and disadvantaged persons in several provinces across Iran. The Embassy funds a variety of aid initiatives, ranging from small projects undertaken by local NGOs to larger scale cooperation with organizations such as the Norwegian Refugee Council, Operation Mercy and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

In the last twelve months the Embassy has funded a range of humanitarian projects aimed at assisting the following target groups and development sectors:

- Improved quality of life and increased access to employment opportunities for disabled persons; 

- Establishment of education programs (e.g. basic literacy, gender equality, drug and health awareness, water and sanitation) and vocational training initiatives within poor urban communities; and

- Alleviation of poverty within the Afghan refugee community (supporting educational institutions and providing increased access to vocational training and employment opportunities).

We encourage applications for DAP funding from individuals, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations involved in humanitarian projects.

Please see our DAP Guidelines for further information. To submit a proposal to the Direct Aid Program Committee at the Australian Embassy, Tehran, please Contact Us.