Australian High Commissioner Greg Wilcock recently awarded over $400,000 in small grants to Bangladeshi NGOs through the Australia’s Direct Aid Program, which helps communities in developing countries reduce poverty and pursue development.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget.It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interest.It 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.DAP is administered through Australia’s overseas diplomatic posts on an annual (1 July – 30 June financial year) basis.In 2015-16 the total DAP budget is $22 million.

It’s really a Brilliant funding scheme for real ‘grass roots’ initiatives.Bangladeshi Child Poisoning Prevention project is currently being funded through DAP.

Some senior visitors from Australia’s foreign ministry has visited Bangladesh recently to see the Square Group spinning mill, the Picard Bangladesh Ltd factory, local schools and a BRAC initiative: all evidence of Bangladesh’s growth and Australia’s contribution.

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