“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
RESULTS was founded in the United States in 1980s by Sam Daley-Harris, a teacher and musician.
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.
The idea of mobilising, educating and empowering a network of citizens to create this political will was born – and turned into action.
Not long after getting RESULTS started in the U.S., Sam helped 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 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico and of course Australia.
Most of the RESULTS affiliates, including Australia, also belong to the ACTION Partnership. Founded in 2005, ACTION is a global health advocacy partnership of organisations working to influence policy and mobilise resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services.
CANBERRA, 1986: The very first RESULTS Australia group was formed, full of passionate and caring people.
1988: It didn’t take them long to make their first big contribution to the world’s poor. The Minister of Foreign Affairs planned to end Australia’s contribution to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- but our citizen advocates had other ideas.
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.
This famous early win was followed by many more.
TODAY: RESULTS groups meet all over Australia, with the same spirit and endeavour of that first group back in 1986. We campaign to generate the public and political will to end global poverty.
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