How to win friends and funding in the Australian Parliament
Article by Lisa Cornish was published at devex on October 18, 2016
Australia’s latest parliamentary elections shook the aid sector, ushering in new faces and whisking away stalwarts. Thanks to the work of NGO RESULTS Australia, however, one issue remains relatively unscathed by the transition: Australian support for tuberculosis.
RESULTS built and leveraged relationships, linked TB to urgent political priorities, and continued their public campaigning throughout the political changes. That formula helped convince new MPs to increase Australia’s funding for the Global Fund to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 10 percent, to $160 million in September.
The success offers clues for other nongovernmental organizations looking to build support in the Parliament, which was elected in July. The government holds just a one seat majority and new members of the Parliament hold philosophies on foreign aid. RESULTS’ experience, however, indicates that common ground is possible.