make poverty history

A world without poverty

Australian Aid helps the world’s most promising people as they break down the barriers of poverty that prevent them from realising their potential. Make Poverty History believes we can shape a better and fairer future.

In the last 20 years, humanity has made great progress towards a more just and equal world – including almost halving the number of children around the world who die before their fifth birthday. Together, we have all played a part in that story.

Make Poverty History encourages Australians to come together and celebrate our important contributions on the world stage.

Join us in celebrating the power of Australian Aid

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What it’s about

In 2000 all 191 member countries of the United Nations – including Australia – committed to eight targets to halve poverty by 2015. These became known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and are a crucial step towards making poverty history.
If we are to achieve true progress in tackling global poverty, Australia must contribute our fair share to achieving the MDGs by 2015.





Overseas aid spending

Australia has one of the leading economies in the world.  According to the International Monetary Fund, we have the seventh highest income per person.  Furthermore, our level of debt is by far the lowest of any major developed country.

We can afford to do better to help provide lifesaving support such as health, education and clean water to the world’s poor. Have a look at how some other countries are achieving this global agreement on overseas aid spending:

Sweden

1.02% / GNI

  • Exceeding 0.7% fair share

UK

0.7% / GNI

  • Committed to reach 0.7% fair share in 2013

Germany

0.4% / GNI

  • Scheduled to reach 0.7% fair share in 2015

Australia

0.37% / GNI

  • No firm commitment to achieving 0.7%

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When we work together to break down the barriers of poverty, one classroom inspires a generation, one vaccination stops a preventable disease and one seed becomes a harvest, building a brighter future for all.


A world of difference

Australian Aid is the name we give to the many significant ways that we come together to help communities reduce poverty and build a better and fairer future.

In the last 20 years, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world. Together, through Australian Aid, we have played a part in that story. We want to call Australians to celebrate our important contributions on the world stage, and ensure that as a nation we are for Australian Aid.

Why Now?

Australia’s overseas aid budget has suffered from successive cuts, and has lost the bi-partisan support it once held. These have dramatically set back our national contribution to the crucial progress of international development.

Australian Aid makes an incredible difference in the lives of people across our region, and across the world. Now is a critical time for us to stand up for this life-changing work.

Join us!

Now, more than ever, Australia needs strong support behind the life-changing work of aid.

Add your voice to the movement committed to a brighter future for Australian Aid.

 

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.

Who’s on board

Join thousands of Australians taking action and advocating for us to provide our fair share in overseas aid.

These prominent Australians are on board

Ita Buttrose

Ita Buttrose
Australian of the year, 2013

Simon McKeon Australian of the Year, 2011

Simon McKeon
Australian of the Year, 2011

Prof Patrick McGorry Australian of the Year, 2010

Prof Patrick McGorry
Australian of the Year, 2010

Prof Michael Dobson Australian of the Year, 2009

Prof Michael Dobson
Australian of the Year, 2009

Prof Tim Flannery

Prof Tim Flannery
Australian of the Year, 2007

Prof Ian Frazer

Prof Ian Frazer
Australian of the Year, 2006

Sillohette

Prof Fiona Stanley
Australian of the Year, 2003

Gus Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal
Australian of the Year, 2000

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