Introducing the Australian Humanitarian Partnership

The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) is a five-year (2017-2022) partnership between the Australian Government and Australian NGOs. Through the AHP, partners aim to save lives, alleviate suffering and enhance human dignity in the face of conflict, disasters and other humanitarian crises.

The AHP meets these objectives by focusing efforts both in disaster response as well as disaster preparedness.

In disaster response, the AHP uses Australian Government resources to leverage NGO networks and expertise, to deliver effective humanitarian assistance. In the wake of crises to which Australia is responding, the partnership selects the best placed NGOs to assist those in need, in the most timely, cost efficient and effective way. 

In disaster preparedness, the AHP delivers the AUD 50 million Disaster READY initiative across the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Using local, Pacific-based partners, Disaster READY supports Pacific communities and governments to better prepare for and respond to disasters. The program places specific emphasis on the inclusion of women, disabled people and faith based organisations in disaster preparedness. You can read more about Disaster READY here.

The AHP supports Australian Government commitments outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. These commitments include stepping up Australia’s engagement in the Pacific, increasing resilience and effective disaster risk reduction at the community level, increasing accountability to affected populations, providing predictable and multi-year humanitarian funding, and supporting localisation and social inclusion.


AHP Partners and Consortia

Through the AHP ,the Australian Government and Australian NGOs can coordinate and collaborate more effectively. Between them, they identify who is best placed to respond to a specific natural disaster or humanitarian crises. They may also team up on a joint response, or tap into their extensive and established networks to deliver effective humanitarian assistance.


Above: A message from Australia’s former Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

The AHP Support Unit

The AHP is supported by the AHP Support Unit which undertakes a range of support functions for the partnership on behalf of the Australian Government, including monitoring and evaluation, operations, grants and communications. In 2017, the Support Unit led the design of the Disaster READY program and continues to have strategic oversight of this innovative preparedness initiative. The Support Unit consists of four staff members and is managed by Australian international development company, Whitelum Group. Contact us at: supportunit@ahpsu.com.