December 7 was meant to be a day of celebration in Parliament House with legislation finally passing in support of marriage equality. But for Australia’s NGOs, celebrations were muted with the release of a bill with stiff new rules for charities working abroad. For RESULTS Australia chief executive officer, Maree Nutt, there was deep concern for what the legislation would mean for her organization which is reliant on international funding and support to educate parliamentarians on a range of global issues including immunization, tuberculosis, nutrition, and education.
“Poverty is not only happening somewhere else, overseas: it’s happening in Australia as well,” says Daisy Nguyen, a volunteer from RESULTS. Folks at Beehive to team up with fellow non-profit and anti-poverty advocacy group, RESULTS, to host a Christmas-themed event called ‘Share a Bowl’ at the centre.
It’s a warm, sunny afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya as I pull up to Cheleta Primary School on the back of a motorbike. I’m greeted by a brightly painted cement gate that has the school’s vision written in bold black letters: A school without learning limits. As I climb off the bike and walk through the gate, enthusiastic voices fill the air – children repeating their lessons, eager to succeed. Inside, the school principal Mary Kimani Wahu gives me a warm hug and welcomes me into her office. Her passion for the students at Cheleta Primary is palpable. Cheleta’s vision – a school without learning limits – may seem like common sense. But for many children across the globe, the barriers to learning are enormous.
As global polio programs enter the final stages of eradication activities, with certification expected in the next three years, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, or GPEI, is beginning the process of winding down its activities and will eventually cease to exist. “In the last year, we have built cross-party groups of One Last Push champions, both in the U.K. and Australia,” Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS Australia, told Devex.
International philanthropy supports Australian giving International philanthropy to Australia boosts the impact of domestic giving in alleviating hardship, gives voice to those who may otherwise be ignored, and contributes to a brighter future for many Australians. This is a time in which we should be working together to maximise international philanthropy in Australia, not restrict or ban it.
Hands Off Our Charities! I am reaching out to you today because I am deeply concerned that the federal government is seeking to restrict or even ban charities and their supporters from being able to speak up on issues of importance to Australians.
A Balancing Act highlights the urgent need for political attention on the issue of GPEI wind down. RESULTS Australia and RESULTS UK are calling on the GPEI and WHO to convene a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in May 2018 to explore the barriers, gaps, and challenges which urgently need to be addressed.
Jo Chandler travelled to Nigeria on a media delegation organised by RESULTS. In a crowded square in the ancient Nigerian city of Kano, outside the palace of one of the Emir’s princelings, a menagerie of community leaders gathered this spring to combat an age-old foe.
“I was delighted to represent RESULTS at the announcement of these initiatives in Brisbane on the weekend. Funding to expand research in the areas of tuberculosis and malaria treatment is much needed in Australia and the Pacific region which holds 60 per cent of the global burden.”