Australian High Commission
Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Mali, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea

Australian Aid in West Africa



Through the Australian Government’s aid program, Australia is creating productive and beneficial partnerships to address development challenges in West and Central Africa.

Australian Aid is making a practical contribution to Africa where Australia has expertise and experience to share – particularly in food security and mining governance.

The online application process for the Australian High Commission in Ghana’s Direct Aid Program for 2017-18 is now open.


The Accra Direct Aid Program 2017/18 is now open for applications

The Australian High Commission in Ghana operates a flexible, small grants program to help fund development projects in its countries of accreditation including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Detailed information about the Direct Aid Program (DAP) can be found in the Guidelines, available here. Please ensure you have read these guidelines prior to commencing your application.

Opening date and time: midnight Tuesday 1 August 2017

Closing date and time: midnight Thursday 31 August 2017

No further applications will be accepted after the closing time.

Please note that the DAP Committee no longer accepts applications by email. Applications must be submitted via the Smartygrants online platform.

To complete an application in English, please follow this link to the Smartygrants website:

If you have any questions about DAP, or experience any technical problems in completing your online application, please contact the DAP Program Manager on +233 (0) 302 216 400 or at


Pour soumettre une demande de financement en français, veuillez suivire ce lien:

Pour plus d’informations sur les consignes du Programme d’Aide Directe, veuillez cliquer ici. Veuillez  lire ces consignes attentivement avant de commencer à remplir le formulaire.




Direct Aid Program Regional Workshop - visit of Jamestown Community Theatre Centre, 2016


Direct Aid Program 2016 showcase - Celebrating Stronger Communities

Ghanaian NGO Institute for Democratic Governance awarded A$20,000 for DAP 2015-2016 activities

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are a major initiative from the Australian government meant to:

  •  build human capacity,
  • support learning,
  • and improve leadership skills

Through these Australia Awards Scholarships, long term Awards and short term Fellowships are offered each year to eligible African professionals from government and civil society organisations. Applications open in September each year. Read more about the Australia Awards Scholarships here.

Further information

Read more about the Australian aid program in the region here.

Mining and Development

Australian-supported Mining Governance Dialogue Series Report

The Australian High Commission supported a series of Mining Governance Dialogues to discuss key issues in the mining sector. The dialogues brought together key stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector, and communities affected by mining to seek innovative solutions to challenges in the sector. The dialogue papers and key conclusions have been compiled into “The Public-Private Sector Dialogue on Mining Governance in Ghana Series” attached, as a resource to continue the dialogue and implement solutions.


Ghana and Australia partner to Enhance Minerals Sector Administration in Ghana

Ghana and Australia signed an Exchange of Letters on 18 June 2015 , to signal the beginning of a two-year partnership to enhance the management of minerals rights in Ghana. The two-year technical assistance project, funded by the Australian Government, is expected to improve the effectiveness, accountability and compliance of the management of mining licenses and royalties in Ghana. Read more here