“The world possessed all of the resources, structures and technology to end hunger in a single generation but the political will to make it a priority was missing.” – Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS
As an international movement, RESULTS had its beginning in the United States in 1980, when Sam Daley-Harris, a teacher and musician, formed several groups of motivated volunteers in Los Angeles.
Sam was inspired by a report from the National Academy of Sciences that said that the world already had the knowhow and resources to end world hunger. But the political will was lacking.
With this inspiration, he turned the idea of mobilising, educating and empowering a network of citizens to create this political will into action.
After RESULTS began influencing US Government decisions and expanded over several years in the U.S., Sam worked with local people to set up RESULTS affiliates around the world, creating a more powerful, global voice for the end of poverty. Today there are RESULTS organisations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Korea, and of course Australia.
Most of the RESULTS affiliates, including Australia, also belong to the ACTION Partnership. Founded in 2005, ACTION is a partnership of locally based organisations around the world that advocate for life-saving care for millions of people who are threatened by preventable diseases.
Highlights of RESULTS Australia’s Development
CANBERRA, 1986: The first RESULTS Australia group was formed, with a diverse group of passionate and caring people.
From 1986 to 1988: RESULTS groups started in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide to add their voices to RESULTS Australia’s campaigning. Successes in campaigning followed this growth:
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs planned to end Australia’s contribution to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In response, RESULTS Australia volunteers began a long and persistent campaign, which resulted in an inspiring change. The Australian Government not only agreed to honour the existing pledge to IFAD – but it also made a new pledge of $10 million.
- The Australian Government increased funding to UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) at a time when it was reducing funding to other multilateral agencies.
- The Government also announced a $22 million Maternal and Child Health initiative in 1988, which RESULTS had requested.
These early wins set a precedent for many more successes over the years. RESULTS Australia has played a key role in launching major international campaigns, including through the World Summit for Children in 1990 and the Microcredit Summit in 1997. These campaigns have had a huge on-going impact:
- Since 1990, the number of children under the age of 5 who die each day has fallen from 35,000 to 15,000.
- Since 1997, the number of very poor people with access to credit and financial services has increased from 8 million to 114 million.
TODAY: RESULTS groups operate in most parts of Australia, with the same goals and spirit as our early groups. With new goals (such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) and challenges, our work to generate the public and political will to end global poverty is as important as ever.