Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who is Global Development Group and what does it do?
Over a billion people in poor countries around the world live in poverty and struggle every day simply to survive. Global Development Group’s work is to help improve the lives of those children, families and communities living in poverty, through the implementation of holistic, community focussed and ultimately sustainable development solutions.
Global Development Group is one of Australia's newest NGO’s carrying out projects in developing countries. In 2003 our team achieved ACFID Code of Conduct signatory status and continued the approval process, being gazetted as an ‘Approved Organisation’ by ATO/AusAID in March 2004.
As well as providing relief in some emergency situations, we work on long-term community development projects that address the causes of poverty and help people move towards self-sufficiency.
We depend on the support of the Australian public for funding. Major donors include businesses, foundations and special interest groups. Other avenues include emergency relief appeals and cash donations.
We are an organisation providing help 'without strings' and purely on the basis of need. This means that we do not discriminate on religious, political, social, cultural, age, ability (or disability) or gender grounds. Global Development Group believes in freedom, justice, peace and an opportunity for everyone.
Q. Does aid really get through?
Global Development Group accounts for every dollar received. External audits are conducted by an authorised external CPA to ASIC and ACFID requirements and are supplemented by our own internal audits.
Our financial audit processes are strict and stringent to ensure that donations are not lost or wasted. Global Development Group staff, both here in Australia and overseas, monitor and visit projects to make certain that all funds are properly used.
For full financial and audit details, please read our annual report (available on request).
Q. Can I make a difference?
Every person who supports Global Development Group’s work is making a difference in someone's life. Whether it's helping to provide the essentials to meet the basic needs of a child, their family and community through sponsorship, helping rescue children from exploitation, funding vital development work, helping people in emergency situations or participating in advocacy campaigns.
Q. Is Global Development Group Accredited?
Global Development Group is a Non Government Organisation [NGO] carrying out humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty.
The Australian Treasurer declared Global Development Group as an ‘approved organisation’, following endorsement by AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development) and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Subsequently, on the 10th March 2004, donations to the ‘Global Development Group Overseas Relief Fund’ were declared tax deductible.
Global Development Group is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which provides standards on management, communication with the public and most importantly how funds are spent.
Global Development Group is AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 compliant.
Q. Professionalism Donations Monitor Project Implementation
At all times Global Development Group maintains the highest professional standards to ensure excellence in our performance, activities and accountability to all parties associated with our organisation.
Donations for approved projects are receipted to provide tax deductibility for the donors. GDG provides proper authority through its Fund.
Q. Monitor Project Implementation
Finance is disbursed to approved projects, usually through an on-field Project Manager.
Tax deductible gifts of money and goods are used on approved projects.