THE FORMER Kokoda Track Foundation has secured base level accreditation with the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), giving it the chance to partner with the Australian Government on the delivery of aid and development projects in Papua New Guinea.

The Foundation is now known as KTF, with the re-branding finalised as the group expands its aid programs across Papua New Guinea.

KTF chief executive Genevieve Nelson said the accreditation was a significant milestone for the organisation.

“The accreditation process is a rigorous test of due diligence and the outcome of base accreditation shows that we have met all the necessary criteria,” she said.

“It is a true recognition of our track record in PNG and our plans for the future.”

Until now KTF has relied entirely on donations from philanthropy, corporate partnerships and the general public in Australia.

The ANCP accreditation will provide support for some of KTF’s activities in PNG in the vital areas of education, health and livelihoods.

It will also enable KTF to continue its expansion across the Central and Oro Provinces in PNG, the group said – an expansion the re-brand was designed to accommodate.

“This exciting rebrand represents the natural evolution of the organisation,” Ms Nelson said.

“We are in the midst of a remarkable growth phase and we needed a brand that represents our strategic goals, but also preserves our passion and connection to Kokoda.