“No other organisation has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS. Without your perseverance, commitment and advocacy, we would not have been able to make this ground breaking announcement of having reached 106 million very poor borrowers with microloans.”
– Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, founder of the Grameen Bank
RESULTS Australia’s advocacy has mobilised billions of dollars in aid providing effective and sustainable programs benefiting the world’s poorest people.
RESULTS Australia’s earliest impacts were in increasing support for child health programs and maintaining funding for programs to reduce rural poverty. In the late 1980s, RESULTS Australia’s advocates gained Government support for increased funding for UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) when the Government was reducing funding to other multilateral agencies and ensured the Australian Government both honoured its existing pledge to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and made a new pledge of $10 million (when the Minister for Foreign Affairs had been considering ending this funding).
Subsequently, RESULTS Australia has built on this early success with many more achievements.
- RESULTS was instrumental in forming the first ever Asia Pacific TB Caucus in Sydney in September 2015 - where parliamentarians from across our region committed to drive progress against the tuberculosis epidemic. RESULTS Australia played a key role in and provides Secretariat services for the Australian TB Caucus, an all-party group of more than 25 MPs committed to ending TB as an epidemic.
- RESULTS Australia has worked with researchers and health advocates to maintain and increase Australia’s support for research to find better prevention, diagnostics and treatment for tuberculosis and malaria. In March 2015, when the government announced an additional $30 million in TB and malaria research funding, and followed this with a larger commitment announced in April 2018 of $75 million over 5 years.
- RESULTS Australia’s persistent advocacy has led to the Australian Government gradually increasing its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, from $135 million in the 2008 to 2010 period, to $220 million in 2017 to 2019. As a share of Australia’s total aid, our Global Fund contribution has increased from 1.15% to 1.85%. Since it started operating in 2002, the Global Fund has supported programs that have saved more than 20 million lives.
- From 2011, RESULTS has campaigned for increased and improved support to Papua New Guinea to prevent and treat TB, which has resulted in the Australian Government investing more than $60 million into much needed TB services in the remote Western Province, and the National Capital districts, including introduction of the rapid TB diagnostic machine, Gene Xpert.
- From 2007 to 2010, RESULTS Australia worked with the Global Fund to achieve an agreement between the Australian Government and the Indonesian Government to reach a Debt2Health agreement, which resulted in a cancellation of $75 million of Indonesian debt to Australia, providing for $37.5 million for lifesaving TB programs.
Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
- Our campaigning was instrumental in Australia announcing a leading pledge of $200 million for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in 2011, which means that over seven million vulnerable children will receive lifesaving vaccines.
- Our advocacy was instrumental in the Australian government pledging an additional $50 million to Gavi for the 2011 to 2015 period in October 2014.
- A sustained campaign by RESULTS participants led to the Australian Government maintaining its pledge to Gavi at $250 for the 2016 to 2020 period, part of a $US 7.5 billion replenishment which will enable Gavi to support the vaccination of a further 300 million children.
- RESULTS Australia has campaigned for Australian Government support for the renewed campaign to eradicate polio since 2011.
- Between 2011 and 2014, successive Australian Governments pledged $130 million to the Global Polio eradication Initiative, responding to advocacy from RESULTS and Partner organisations such as Rotary and Global Citizen.
- In 2017, the Australian Government continued the period of its commitment to 2020 and committed an extra $18 million for polio eradication.
- Only two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) still have new cases of polio, and only 22 people contracted polio in 2017. We are hopeful that 2018 will see the final case ever.
- Improving nutrition, especially among children, has been a priority issue for RESULTS since we began promoting action to government. Since 2012, nutrition has taken an even higher priority in our advocacy.
- In 2013, RESULTS Australia’s advocacy contributed to the Australian government signing onto the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Framework, a partnership that dedicate significant resources to fighting under-nutrition. Australia pledged $40 million and committed to reviewing their programming priorities around the region.
- In 2015, the Government included nutrition as a key policy objective in the Health for Development Strategy.
- RESULTS campaigns for inclusive and equitable access to education. Since 2010, we have had successive governments describe education as the flagship program or central pillar in Australia’s development assistance.
- RESULTS Australia has worked with education advocates in Australia to secure on-going support by the Australian Government for the Global Partnership for Education, which works to expand and improve education in the poorest countries. In 2011, after a sustained campaign for the Global Partnership for Education, Australia pledged $270 million, which made us the then fourth largest donor. In the last 15 years, Australia has contributed more than 8% of total funding to the Global Partnership for Education.
- RESULTS Australia has campaigned for increased access by the poorest people to credit and financial services, as an essential initiative to enable the poorest people to be less vulnerable and have opportunities to move out of poverty, since the early 1990s.
- Our targeted advocacy led to the release of Australia’s first microfinance strategy for the aid program, Financial Services for the Poor, in 2010. This Strategy called for a doubling of aid for microfinance to $20 million per year by 2013.
These are just some examples of the impact our advocacy has had. For more on our recent achievements have a look at our campaign pages.
In 32 years, we have many achievements. But with 15,000 of children dying unnecessarily every day and nearly a billion people suffering the injustice of living in extreme poverty, our work is not done.
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ – Margaret Mead