CANBERRA — Ten projects have been awarded funding of up to $500,000 Australian dollars ($377,000) from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through round two of their business partnerships platform, or BPP.
A collaboration between Sri Lanka-based telecommunication company Dialog and consulting firm Ernst & Young highlights the increasing importance of private sector engagement, innovation, and gender for Australia's aid program.
Round two funded projects include a Fairtrade Australian and New Zealand and Krissy Co. partnership to improve access to markets for smallholder coconut farmers in Samoa, a partnership between Oxfam International and Bangladesh SME Corporation Limited to improve the dairy sector and promote sustainable energy use in Bangladesh, a partnership between the Mennonite Economic Development Associates and East-West Seed to create new markets for seeds and vegetables in Myanmar, and MEDA and Engro to partner in inclusive seed systems for Pakistan.
The winners provide an important opportunity for future funding partners to understand what makes a successful application. And to provide insights into the application process, Fairtrade Australian and New Zealand, Oxfam and MEDA spoke with Devex about what they believe made their projects and partnerships stand out from the BPP pack.
Understand DFAT’s priorities
Molly Harris Olson, chief executive officer of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, said that understanding DFAT’s priorities was a key strategy in tailoring an application that would stand out.