Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operate in some of the most challenging environments and poorest communities in the Mekong region. In response to a request from NGO partners for support to make their on-the-ground work more effective, the Australian Government developed the Australia-Mekong NGO Engagement Platform (AMNEP). Implemented by AECOM and funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), AMNEP supported and strengthened partnerships between the Australian Government, NGOs and civil society organisations (CSOs) throughout the Mekong, including in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

We provided these partnerships with technical expertise; access to policy dialogue; learning opportunities; and resources for better monitoring, evaluation and risk management. This support strengthens the Australian Government’s work with NGO partners, working towards making a greater human impact through effective development assistance in the region.

Selected Outcomes

  • We managed the high profile event ‘ASEAN Integration and Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Mekong’, which welcomed 110 participants from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. Additional participation came from the governments of Australia, Vietnam, and Cambodia as well as representatives from 28 NGOs operating in the region.
  • 415 organizations were reached across 21 nations including: Vietnam (52%), Cambodia (13%), Lao PDR (9%), (Philippines 1% and Indonesia 1%).
  • 17 construction projects, which provided much needed community infrastructure supporting peace actors, such as community leaders and traditional authorities.