make poverty history

Movement to End Poverty

The Movement to End Poverty is a joint action of the Make Poverty History and Micah coalitions for all Australians who believe we can end extreme poverty.

What we are calling for:

“Since 1990, aid has helped to reduce extreme poverty, including almost halving the number of children around the world who die before their fifth birthday – 14,000 fewer children dying every single day.

Let’s help make poverty history by giving our fair share of aid – just 70 cents in every $100 of Australia’s national income by 2020.

As a step towards contributing our fair share, the Government must keep its promise to increase aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars of national income by 2016 and the Opposition must match this commitment.”

The Movement to End Poverty petition is aimed at showing the mass public support within Australia for fair, sustainable international development.

Make Poverty History are joining with other organisation to collect signatures and show the federal government that contributing a fair amount to sustainable human development is something many Australians support.

Download a hardcopy of the petition.

What you can do

It is time to remind our political leaders that the community wants Australia to do its part to end extreme poverty. It is time for us to work hard to rally both sides of government and send the clear message that we expect more. We can see an end to extreme poverty, but we can only do this together.
Here’s what we’d like you to do:

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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. However with just a few years to go until 2015, progress is too slow. Urgent action must be taken by nations if they are to fulfil their promise to achieve the MDGs.
Australia must contribute our fair share to achieving the MDGs by 2015. During this election year, we must see all political parties commit to:

Overseas aid spending

Think we’re talking a lot of money here? Our fair share of contributing to tackling global poverty is just 70c in every $100 of our nation’s wealth. Have a look at how some other countries are achieving this global agreement on overseas aid spending:


1.02% / GNI

  • Exceeding 0.7% fair share


0.7% / GNI

  • Committed to reach 0.7% fair share in 2013


0.4% / GNI

  • Scheduled to reach 0.7% fair share in 2015


0.37% / GNI

  • No firm commitment to achieving 0.7%

Can we afford it?


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.


Despite our wealth, our government’s spending on overseas aid is relatively low compared with other developed countries who give aid.  Currently our aid budget ranks 13th out of 23 developed countries.


We can afford to do better to help provide lifesaving support such as health, education and clean water to the world’s poor.  Although we are financially well placed to provide aid, currently the Australian Government gives just  37 cents in every $100 hundred dollars of national income.


Overseas aid transforms lives.  Since 1990 maternal death rates have nearly halved and the number of children dying each year has fallen by 42% – that is a drop of 5 million children’s deaths each year.  As a result of aid these improvements have been made on every continent and in almost every country.

Australia can afford to help the world’s poor and has a moral obligation to do so!

Want to do something about this?

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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 Dodson
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


Prof Fiona Stanley
Australian of the Year, 2003

Gus Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal
Australian of the Year, 2000

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