In Australia, New Bill Has Charities Fearing a War on Advocacy

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.

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Learning Without Limits: Improving Access to Quality Education

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.

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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is Winding Down. What are the Risks?

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.

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SILENCING AUSTRALIANS: THE RESULT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED DONATIONS BAN

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.

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