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.

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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:


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%

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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 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


Prof Fiona Stanley
Australian of the Year, 2003

Gus Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal
Australian of the Year, 2000

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