Global Development Group is an Australian charity organisation carrying out humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty in a tangible way. We provide long term solutions through the provision of quality aid development projects in approved countries.
Urgent Emergency Appeals:
Help bring emergency relief in Iraq
GDG is partnering with BREAD (Barnabas Relief Education and Development Fund) for an emergency relief project in northern Iraq (J837N Iraq Emergency Relief Project). This relief project will assist Iraqi Christians and other religious and ethnic minority groups who have been forced to flee their homes due to the advance of the Sunni Jihadist militant group “The Islamic State” (IS). IS, who violently persecute non-Sunni Muslims, have threatened Iraqi Christians in the areas they control with death if they did not convert to Islam or pay a jizya tax (an extremely high tax that non-Muslims are forced to pay in order to retain their faith). Read more...
To make a tax-deductible donation to our Iraq Emergency Relief Project (J837N), click here.
Help WFP and GDG save lives in Syria
The Syrian crisis is now in its fourth year. Millions of Syrians have either been forced to flee their homes or are trapped within besieged cities as the conflict in the country has escalated. The World Food Programme has been assisting 4 million people within Syria with much needed supplies, while also providing assistance to almost 1.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries.
Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993) is proud to be an official Australian partner with the WFP for the Syrian Emergency Relief Project (J807N). Donations over $2 to this GDG approved aid & development project are tax deductible in Australia, and receipts will be issued by GDG.
For more information on how the WFP is assisting the Syrian people, click here.
To make a tax-deductible donation to our Syrian Emergency appeal, click here.
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Office visits from project partners
Regular visits with our project partners - whether In-Country or Australian - are an important aspect of ongoing two-way communication with our project partners and keeping up to date. We look forward to visits from many of our project partners throughout the year - although we don't always have time to post them on our website but most are mentioned in our regular Members Update emails.
J730N AusHEAL Congo Project - Gwen Wetzig nominated for "Pride of Australia Award"
We would like congratulate Gwen Wetzig from our project partners AusHEAL (J730N AusHEAL Congo Project) for her nomination for the 2014 "Pride of Australia" awards - great work!!
Read about her nomination in the Courier Mail by clicking here.
March 2014 Cambodia Partners Network Meeting
Another successful Partner Networking Meeting was held in Cambodia last week! These events keep growing – with 51 attending the latest meeting. At the event GDG staff and partners discussed topics aimed at improving aid & development effectiveness across our Cambodian projects.
India Partners Conference - 17-18th February 2014
A number of our staff and Board members (including our Executive Director, Geoff Armstrong) travelled recently to hold a GDG Partners Conference in Hyderabad, India. This conference provided networking opportunities and capacity building seminars for our In-Country Partners across the Indian Subcontinent (India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). The event was attended by 46 partners - and by all reports was a successful event!
Update: Typhoon Haiyan Response
Updated: 11th February 2014, 11am (AEST)
Three months have passed since Typhoon Haiyan and reconstruction efforts at J519 Centre for Change continue to go to schedule – thanks to the coordination of Ps. Chris Aiton. Many building teams of Australian volunteers (like Dave Harney, Chris Loudon, and others) have arrived over the last month to assist rebuilding efforts and have also started on 100 community homes – with the backing of Liberty For the Nations (another Partner organisation of Global Development Group and one of the first groups to assist them).
Many large emergency-based international NGOs are beginning to move out of the disaster zone as relief efforts turn to reconstruction. Margaret was very thankful to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), who donated their remaining supplies to the Centre as they were moving out of the town area. These supplies included tarpaulins, two tents (one used by chainsaw operators right now), stationery, a dozen thick blankets (great for putting on the floor for emergency bedding) as well as much needed packing frames which have been used as scaffolding.
The response to Typhoon Haiyan has been a truly international effort – not only have numerous NGOs and UN agencies worked tirelessly to assist the impacted communities but governments around the world have assisted with not only donations but also manpower. Currently, the South Korean military has been assisting with reconstruction in the area where the project is located.
December 2013 Cambodia Partners Network Meeting
On Friday 6th December 32 representatives from 20 GDG partners attended our last Cambodia Partners Network meeting for 2013. Morning tea was served by the catering arm of our partner, Hagar Cambodia.
Our topic was ‘Cambodia’s Development Paradigm’ and the key presentation from Mr Mi Nac of Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) covered the Cambodian MDGs and the Royal Government of Cambodia’s most recent ‘Rectangular Strategy III’.
2013 ACFID Council
ACFID’s Council 2013 was held from 30th October – 1st November at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.
Global Development Group, as an active member of ACFID, sent seven representatives to participate in the event.
The Council brought together representatives from NGOs, government departments, universities and other sectors of the community to explore how the Australian development sector can assist people living in poverty and help them achieve long-term positive change.
The event included the first public address to the development sector by the Hon. Julie Bishop MP in her new role as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.