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Action on Poverty

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Name: Brayden Howie

Position: CEO

Email: info@actiononpoverty.org

Website: https://actiononpoverty.org/

Address

50 Miller St

North Sydney NSW 2060

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Our Mission / Objective

Our Vision

For all people to transcend the injustice, indignity, and inequality of entrenched poverty.

Our Mission

To empower changemakers to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Services

Action on Poverty (AOP) connects philanthropists, corporates, non-profits, and innovators with grassroots communities and projects to break the cycle of entrenched poverty.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and equal world. Our specialty is in creating networks, maximising resources, and upskilling people and organisations so that, together, we can create lasting change.

Together with our partners, we have developed innovative technologies to reduce dengue, helped children access free and effective treatment for clubfoot, and implemented award-winning models for social enterprise. 

AOP is a secular and independent NGO. We are fully accredited with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), operating at the highest levels of transparency and accountability.

Our Beneficiaries

Action on Poverty works with marginalised communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Our work focuses on helping communities meet their basic needs, such as securing reliable access to clean water, before focusing on income-generating activities that create long-term pathways out of poverty. We strive to ensure the benefits of development are shared equally, especially among particularly vulnerable group such as women and ethnic minorities.

We currently work in the following countries: 

Asia: 

  • Bangladesh 
  • Cambodia 
  • Myanmar 
  • Vietnam 

Africa: 

  • Ethiopia 
  • Malawi 
  • Mozambique 
  • Tanzania 
  • Zimbabwe 

Pacific:  

  • Fiji 
  • Kiribati 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • Timor-Leste 

Projects in Progress

AOP manages innovativequality programs that support inclusive, sustainable communities better able to tackle poverty and injustice. Our programs focus on: food security, health, water, sanitation, livelihoods, climate change, education, social accountability and gender inequality.  

We enable everyone to take a hands-on role in developing projects that tackle the causes they’re passionate about. Below are some examples of our current projects with partners:

1. Creating Sustainable Tourism Ventures in Vietnam

Although Vietnam has made enormous strides in development, 12 million people remain trapped in poverty, especially in rural areas. Working with an Australian philanthropist, AOP developed an award-winning tourism enterprise that empowers ethnic minority groups in Vietnam to create long-term incomes. Today, the tourism project is operating in seven districtshelping thousands of people on their journey out of poverty, and has attracted additional support from government and private funders.  

2. Tackling Human Trafficking in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is both a source and destination country for human trafficking, with women, children and men forced into domestic servitude, sex work and forced labour. With support from a corporate foundation, AOP is launching a new project to educate vulnerable border communities on trafficking and to provide support services for survivors, such as emergency accommodation and legal adviceThis project also links women and girls who have survived trafficking with business training so they can start their own micro-enterprisesearn independent incomes and reduce their vulnerability to further harm.  

3. Scholarships for Maasai Girls in Tanzania 

AOP has connected an Australian non-profit with a Maasai NGO in Tanzania to help disadvantaged girls stay in school instead of dropping out early and marrying for a bride price. Together, we are providing girls with scholarships that cover school fees, books and uniforms so they can finish their education and go on to higher education or well-paid jobs.  

4. Treating Clubfoot in Bangladesh and Myanmar

In Bangladesh, 5,000 children are born with clubfoot every year. AOP brings Australian supporters together with the Bangladeshi health system to help children with clubfoot access affordable treatment. The Walk for Life program raises awareness for clubfoot treatment and provides free interventions for disadvantaged families through a national network of clinics. The program is now recognised as the National Clubfoot Program of Bangladesh and has expanded its training into Myanmar.  

If you’re interested in developing a new project, or supporting an existing project with proven impact, please contact Carrie.

Our People

CEO

Brayden Howie, CEO

Leadership Team

Christine Murphy, International Programs Director

Meghal Shah, COO

Carrie Cochrane, Head of Partnerships

Ta Van Tuan, Asia Regional Director

Names of Board Members

John Kell (Chair) 

Mukul Agrawal 

Merrilyn Clancy 

Tim Lovitt 

Denis Wolff 

Alice Xu

Number of Employees

9

Number of Volunteers

3

Registration Information

ABN

42002568005

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

With a bequest to Action on Poverty, you’re leaving behind a life-changing legacy that will help future generations break the poverty cycle. Contact us for a confidential discussion about leaving a bequest or view the Bequest Information Pack on our website.

General Donations

Your gift can help vulnerable communities lift themselves out of poverty. From teaching Ethiopian farmers climate-smart agriculture, to empowering Cambodian women to start small businesses – your gift can give someone a life-changing opportunity to break the cycle.

Visit our website to make a donation or contact us to discuss the impact your gift can make.

Other support

Partnerships 

AOP is the trusted partner for individuals or organisations who want to create effective solutions to global development challenges. We work with philanthropists, corporates, non-profits and researchers to create evidence-based solutions to poverty. 

For philanthropists: 

AOP is your guide to effective, transformative giving. We can work together to develop a bespoke project that tackles the cause you’re most passionate about, or steer you to one of our pre-vetted projects with proven impact in Africa, Asia or the Pacific.  

Our services include: 

  • helping you assess development issues, the local context, and the challenges communities face 
  • working with you to design effective interventions, leveraging your unique skills and resources 
  • connecting you with our networks in Australia and abroad 
  • ensuring your project complies with international best practice, including DFAT and ACFID regulations 
  • managing your development project, from developing logic frameworks to conducting evaluations 
  • contributing grants to selected projects. 

 

For non-profits: 

AOP has always believed that training and supporting other non-government and community-based organisations means that together we can better serve the needs of vulnerable communities. AOP can help developing NGOs with: 

  • organisational development in areas such as governance, program management, and financial management 
  • fundraising and marketing support 
  • complying with DFAT, ACFID and other regulatory frameworks 
  • contributing grants to select projects 

 

For corporates: 

Social impact is more important for business than ever. Your customers, clients, employees, suppliers, and contractors are looking at your business’s values, corporate citizenship, and community engagement to inform their decisions. Our services include: 

  • helping your organisation align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • linking you with international projects that align with your company’s vision and values 
  • helping you design and implement effective development projects of your own 
  • providing opportunities for team-building activities and assignments overseas 
  • fundraising, volunteering, or other community engagement activities for your team in Australia 
  • contributing grants to select projects 

 

For researchers and innovators:  

Innovation isn’t just a buzz word – it’s vital for helping us achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. AOP can help you take your research or technology twhere it’s needed most and bring it to scale. For example, AOP partners with the World Mosquito Program (WMP), a not-for-profit initiative working to protect communities around the world from mosquito-borne diseases. With our support, the WMP has established its Asia hub in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Our services for researchers include: 

  • connecting you with local governments, authorities and implementing partners 
  • managing your in-country business operations 
  • ensuring compliance with all necessary legislative/regulatory frameworks 
  • contributing grants to select projects

 

Contact Carrie to find out more about how AOP can help you achieve your desired impact.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Our Vision

For all people to transcend the injustice, indignity, and inequality of entrenched poverty.

Our Mission

To empower changemakers to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Services

Action on Poverty (AOP) connects philanthropists, corporates, non-profits, and innovators with grassroots communities and projects to break the cycle of entrenched poverty.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and equal world. Our specialty is in creating networks, maximising resources, and upskilling people and organisations so that, together, we can create lasting change.

Together with our partners, we have developed innovative technologies to reduce dengue, helped children access free and effective treatment for clubfoot, and implemented award-winning models for social enterprise. 

AOP is a secular and independent NGO. We are fully accredited with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), operating at the highest levels of transparency and accountability.

Our Beneficiaries

Action on Poverty works with marginalised communities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Our work focuses on helping communities meet their basic needs, such as securing reliable access to clean water, before focusing on income-generating activities that create long-term pathways out of poverty. We strive to ensure the benefits of development are shared equally, especially among particularly vulnerable group such as women and ethnic minorities.

We currently work in the following countries: 

Asia: 

  • Bangladesh 
  • Cambodia 
  • Myanmar 
  • Vietnam 

Africa: 

  • Ethiopia 
  • Malawi 
  • Mozambique 
  • Tanzania 
  • Zimbabwe 

Pacific:  

  • Fiji 
  • Kiribati 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • Timor-Leste 

Projects in Progress

AOP manages innovativequality programs that support inclusive, sustainable communities better able to tackle poverty and injustice. Our programs focus on: food security, health, water, sanitation, livelihoods, climate change, education, social accountability and gender inequality.  

We enable everyone to take a hands-on role in developing projects that tackle the causes they’re passionate about. Below are some examples of our current projects with partners:

1. Creating Sustainable Tourism Ventures in Vietnam

Although Vietnam has made enormous strides in development, 12 million people remain trapped in poverty, especially in rural areas. Working with an Australian philanthropist, AOP developed an award-winning tourism enterprise that empowers ethnic minority groups in Vietnam to create long-term incomes. Today, the tourism project is operating in seven districtshelping thousands of people on their journey out of poverty, and has attracted additional support from government and private funders.  

2. Tackling Human Trafficking in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is both a source and destination country for human trafficking, with women, children and men forced into domestic servitude, sex work and forced labour. With support from a corporate foundation, AOP is launching a new project to educate vulnerable border communities on trafficking and to provide support services for survivors, such as emergency accommodation and legal adviceThis project also links women and girls who have survived trafficking with business training so they can start their own micro-enterprisesearn independent incomes and reduce their vulnerability to further harm.  

3. Scholarships for Maasai Girls in Tanzania 

AOP has connected an Australian non-profit with a Maasai NGO in Tanzania to help disadvantaged girls stay in school instead of dropping out early and marrying for a bride price. Together, we are providing girls with scholarships that cover school fees, books and uniforms so they can finish their education and go on to higher education or well-paid jobs.  

4. Treating Clubfoot in Bangladesh and Myanmar

In Bangladesh, 5,000 children are born with clubfoot every year. AOP brings Australian supporters together with the Bangladeshi health system to help children with clubfoot access affordable treatment. The Walk for Life program raises awareness for clubfoot treatment and provides free interventions for disadvantaged families through a national network of clinics. The program is now recognised as the National Clubfoot Program of Bangladesh and has expanded its training into Myanmar.  

If you’re interested in developing a new project, or supporting an existing project with proven impact, please contact Carrie.

Our People

CEO

Brayden Howie, CEO

Leadership Team

Christine Murphy, International Programs Director

Meghal Shah, COO

Carrie Cochrane, Head of Partnerships

Ta Van Tuan, Asia Regional Director

Names of Board Members

John Kell (Chair) 

Mukul Agrawal 

Merrilyn Clancy 

Tim Lovitt 

Denis Wolff 

Alice Xu

Number of Employees

9

Number of Volunteers

3

Registration Information

ABN

42002568005

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

With a bequest to Action on Poverty, you’re leaving behind a life-changing legacy that will help future generations break the poverty cycle. Contact us for a confidential discussion about leaving a bequest or view the Bequest Information Pack on our website.

General Donations

Your gift can help vulnerable communities lift themselves out of poverty. From teaching Ethiopian farmers climate-smart agriculture, to empowering Cambodian women to start small businesses – your gift can give someone a life-changing opportunity to break the cycle.

Visit our website to make a donation or contact us to discuss the impact your gift can make.

Other support

Partnerships 

AOP is the trusted partner for individuals or organisations who want to create effective solutions to global development challenges. We work with philanthropists, corporates, non-profits and researchers to create evidence-based solutions to poverty. 

For philanthropists: 

AOP is your guide to effective, transformative giving. We can work together to develop a bespoke project that tackles the cause you’re most passionate about, or steer you to one of our pre-vetted projects with proven impact in Africa, Asia or the Pacific.  

Our services include: 

  • helping you assess development issues, the local context, and the challenges communities face 
  • working with you to design effective interventions, leveraging your unique skills and resources 
  • connecting you with our networks in Australia and abroad 
  • ensuring your project complies with international best practice, including DFAT and ACFID regulations 
  • managing your development project, from developing logic frameworks to conducting evaluations 
  • contributing grants to selected projects. 

 

For non-profits: 

AOP has always believed that training and supporting other non-government and community-based organisations means that together we can better serve the needs of vulnerable communities. AOP can help developing NGOs with: 

  • organisational development in areas such as governance, program management, and financial management 
  • fundraising and marketing support 
  • complying with DFAT, ACFID and other regulatory frameworks 
  • contributing grants to select projects 

 

For corporates: 

Social impact is more important for business than ever. Your customers, clients, employees, suppliers, and contractors are looking at your business’s values, corporate citizenship, and community engagement to inform their decisions. Our services include: 

  • helping your organisation align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • linking you with international projects that align with your company’s vision and values 
  • helping you design and implement effective development projects of your own 
  • providing opportunities for team-building activities and assignments overseas 
  • fundraising, volunteering, or other community engagement activities for your team in Australia 
  • contributing grants to select projects 

 

For researchers and innovators:  

Innovation isn’t just a buzz word – it’s vital for helping us achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. AOP can help you take your research or technology twhere it’s needed most and bring it to scale. For example, AOP partners with the World Mosquito Program (WMP), a not-for-profit initiative working to protect communities around the world from mosquito-borne diseases. With our support, the WMP has established its Asia hub in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Our services for researchers include: 

  • connecting you with local governments, authorities and implementing partners 
  • managing your in-country business operations 
  • ensuring compliance with all necessary legislative/regulatory frameworks 
  • contributing grants to select projects

 

Contact Carrie to find out more about how AOP can help you achieve your desired impact.

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