Australian Government Aid Program in Thailand
Thailand has transitioned from being an aid recipient to an aid donor. The bilateral development assistance program with Thailand has ended but through the ASEAN and Mekong program, Australia continues to collaborate with Thailand to improve regional responses to development challenges in ASEAN. In addition, Australia provides small grants for development activities to support local communities and non-government organisations in Thailand through the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program.
Australian regional aid program – ASEAN and Mekong
Australia has a clear national interest in a prosperous, peaceful and secure South-East Asia. With its regional focus, the ASEAN and Mekong Program assists countries with significant challenges that cannot be addressed through bilateral aid programs alone, such as economic growth and human security . A significant number of the ASEAN and Mekong Program investments are managed by the Australian Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia and its regional office located at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded from Australia’s aid program and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s overseas posts. For many years, the Direct Aid Program has worked with partner communities from across Thailand to deliver tangible and practical development results