Breaking into DFAT: Advice for startup NGOs

Relief supplies provided by Australian and UNICEF Pacific reach communities in Tailevu, Fiji. Photo by: DFAT / CC BY

Abt Associates, Adam Smith International, Cardno, Coffey International and Palladium. These are the big names that garner the most work from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

But the Australian aid program is not solely the domain of the giants in development. There are many opportunities for smaller organizations, startup NGOs and social enterprises to secure funding.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.