September 13, 2020 Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Timor Leste, Tonga Small and Medium Enterprises, Digitalisation and Data, Skills Development, Agriculture, Education and Health, ICT/Financial Inclusion, Manufacturing, Resources and Clean Energy, Tourism

BPP Regional Call for Partnerships

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Through the Business Partnerships Platform, the Australian Government called for partnerships to help support COVID-19 recovery in Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Tonga.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread economic impact across the Indo-Pacific. People are losing their livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted.

The BPP’s COVID-19 Recovery Partnerships will help businesses to create livelihood opportunities, enhance gender equality and support green and resilient economic recovery.

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All countries

Funding amount

BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnership will receive from AUD100,000 to AUD500,000 in funding to scale a business initiative for social impact. Applicants match or exceed BPP funding through cash and in-kind investment. The BPP also supports partnerships through independent partnership brokers, business and gender and inclusion advisers.


Businesses applied on their own or in a consortium with other businesses, social enterprises, investors, non-government organisations or other types of organisations. Applicants are a registered business or other recognised registration/accreditation body and have a financial history. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will undertake a due diligence process before entering a contract with successful applicants.

Initiative length

Businesses must implement the initiative between one and three years. The implementation period must fall between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2024.

Application timeline

  • 14 September 2020: Applications open
  • 4 November 2020: Applications closed
  • December/January 2020: Shortlisted applicants invited to discuss the concept note in more detail
  • February 2021: Full proposals due (shortlisted applicants will be supported to  submit a full proposal)
  • March 2021: Kick-off meetings
  • May 2021: Implementation begins

Social impact

  • Green recovery
  • Economic opportunities for women
  • Skills development for workers and medium and small sized businesses
  • Digitalisation

Partnerships work in the country-specific sectors listed below: 


Sectors for impact:

  • Agriculture and agricultural technology (crops and livestock, sustainable agricultural practices, mechanisation and modernisation)  
  • Financial inclusion (mobile financial services, e-commerce, payment delivery mechanisms)  
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency  
  • Textiles and manufacturing (ready-made garment, jute, leather, plastic industries) 


Sectors for impact:

  • Agriculture  
  • Information and Communications Technology and financial inclusion  
  • Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Tourism 


Sectors for impact:

  • Cyber Security and critical infrastructure for small and medium enterprises
  • Digital mental health services  
  • Information and Communications Technology, banking and telecommunications 
  • Digital skills, big data, artificial intelligence and data analytics 


Sectors for impact:

  • Agriculture, food security and nutrition  
  • Financial inclusion 
  • Tourism


Sectors for impact:

  • Agriculture  
  • Financial inclusion  
  • Skills development in construction
  • Tourism


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How you apply

Applications closed on 4 November 2020.

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