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.

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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.



Recent Activities

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. 


Gary Ablett Jnr. (AFL legend) visits project J739N Gateway Children's Fund Development Project

Late last year AFL-legend Gary Ablett Jnr. from the Gold Coast Suns visited Papua New Guinea and project partner Gateway Children's Fund (J739N).


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!

Happy 90th Birthday to Dr Catherine Hamlin

Global Development Group would like to wish Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Dr Catherine Hamlin a very Happy 90th Birthday!
At age 90, Dr Hamlin is still operating and lives in her cottage on the banks of the river at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to treat women who suffer from obstetric fistula.
GDG partners with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for J850 Hamlin Fistula Medical and Maternal Health Program.
For more information about the project, click here.

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.

MDG #9 & Global Development Group

Many people know the Millennium Development Goals – but few are aware that there is 9th MDG specific for Cambodia and Laos.
MDG ‘9’ “Reduce the Impact of Unexploded Ordinance (UXO)”. Has set three goals:

  • Complete clearance of UXO from priority agricultural land by 2020.
  • Substantially reduce the number of casualties from UXO incidents.
  • Ensure the medical and rehabilitation needs of all UXO survivors are met in line with the treaty obligations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions. 

Project J553N (COPE Laos), which Global Development Group carries out with its partner COPE Laos, is doing some remarkable work on the goals outlined in ‘MDG 9’ – “Reduce the Impact of UXO”. COPE provides the opportunity for UXO victims to get prosthetics and orthotics, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. GDG works with COPE to raise awareness of the issue of UXO and the lasting impacts of war through the world famous COPE Visitor Centre in Vientiane.

For further information on the amazing work of COPE and the issue of UXOs in Laos, please check out their short documentary video by clicking here.

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’.  

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Honouring the life of Nelson Mandela

Global Development Group honours the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, and our thoughts are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa at this time.  Nelson Mandela was a patron for one of Global Development Group's projects in South Africa - Project J586 with our in-country partner, Afrika Tikkun.

For those who may wish to honour Mr Mandela's legacy & his ongoing work, please click on the image below to make a donation to our project J586.

Joshua Care International's "Christmas Dinner For A Cause" 2013

On Saturday 9th November, our project partners Joshua Care International held their annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner for Project J357 at Michael’s Oriental in Brisbane.

The event was attended by around 200 guests – including 5 Global Development Group staff members. 

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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.

International Grasslands Congress 2013

From the 15th to the 19th of September, several GDG project staff attended the International Grasslands Congress held in Sydney.

GDG was invited to sponsor the event, as the theme of the 2013 conference is “Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities” particularly focusing on smallholder farmers in the developing world.


GDG Monitoring Trip - Southern Africa - November 2013

Over October and November, Uppi and Daniel Watts (GDG Consultant) visited Watoto and the Irene Gleeson Foundation in Uganda and went onto to Mozambique and South Africa to visit our partners there. Across the majority of these projects the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children, youths and adults are being changed through education, temporary care, nutrition & health programs and associated projects. 


GDG Monitoring Trip - Ethiopia - October 2013

In October, Uppi and Carey spent a successful two weeks monitoring with our Ethiopian partners. The level of poverty in Ethiopia is terribly confronting but a needed reminder of the value of the work GDG with the partners is doing.


GDG Monitoring Trip - Southern Tanzania - July 2013

In July, our East Africa team (Carey Westwood & Martha Waithaka), travelled from their Nairobi office to Njelela in neighbouring Tanzania to visit Project J768. The team travelled with the project’s Australian partners Les & Bronwyn Mutton.

GDG Monitoring Trip - Sri Lanka - June 2013

In June 2013, our Indian Subcontinent team monitored GDG projects in Sri Lanka for almost two weeks. The monitoring team included Samantha Robb (Project Officer - India, Sri Lanka and Nepal), Flora Chong (Assistant Project Officer), as well as MV and Leena Thomas (GDG India Representatives).


J759N Schools for Excellence - Duncan Ward Receives Award

Global Development Group would like to congratulate Duncan Ward (CEO of Classroom of Hope, GDG Australian Partner for project J759N Schools for Excellence) for winning the 2013 Talent Unleashed Impact Award on the 10th of May, presented by Sir Richard Branson.


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