The objective of the audit was to review AusAID's management of funding to Non-Government Organisations, to assess whether:

  • the objectives of overseas development programs to be delivered by NGOs were clearly established;
  • funding mechanisms for the delivery of aid programs by NGOs were clearly defined, consistently applied, and in compliance with the law; and
  • whether AusAID could provide assurances that NGOs delivering development projects using Commonwealth monies are accountable for: proper expenditure of Commonwealth monies; the achievement of stated objectives; and the achievement of value for money.

The ANAO examined AusAID documentation on overseas development programs delivered by NGOs, looking particularly for clear objectives, performance measures, and evaluation mechanisms. Three levels of documentation were examined:

  • government programs;
  • grants schemes; and
  • individual projects.