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ActionAid Australia is an international aid organization. It was formerly known as Austcare.

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Transfer of Ownership of the ActionAid Australia Name

In April 2009, Austcare affiliated with ActionAid, becoming ActionAid Australia from June 1, 2009.[1] The organisation formerly known as Action Aid Australia became Partners In Aid.[2]

History of ActionAid Australia (formerly Austcare)

ActionAid Australia is part of an international anti-poverty agency active in over 40 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.[3]

ActionAid Australia was first established in 1967 as a national association dedicated to the rights of refugees called Austcare.[4]

Austcare's initial goal was to raise awareness among the Australian community and government of the needs of the growing number of displaced people around the world.

In the 1980s, Austcare began to select, fund and administer its own projects through a global network of partner agencies in the field.

Following the deadly legacy of war in Cambodia, Austcare broadened its focus to landmine action. It was also in Cambodia that Austcare established its first permanent overseas office in 2001.

By 2008, Austcare had established offices in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and the Middle-East.

Austcare's work also broadened in scope to initiatives such as income generation for rural communities, agricultural support as well as education and health programs.

Austcare first started working with global anti poverty agency ActionAid in 2005, responding to the South Asian earthquake in Pakistan and the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Austcare also partnered with ActionAid to provide emergency relief in response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, floods in Pakistan, Uganda and Nepal and Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

After four years of working together around the world, in April 2009 Austcare formalised its relationship with ActionAid by becoming a full affiliate of the global network.

Finally, on 1 June 2009 Austcare changed its name to ActionAid Australia, thus completing the transition.

History of Partners in Aid (formerly Action Aid Australia)

Partners In Aid was established in 1962 with the intention of providing support to rural communities in India and Bangladesh. Initially, the organisation had two paid staff. However, it now operates on a volunteer basis.[5]

Early projects involved shipments of livestock, but during the 1980s Partners In Aid policies expanded to include community health and economic development. Current activities are facilitated through partnerships with locally registered, in-country NGOs.

When Austcare changed its name to Action Aid Australia after joining ActionAid International as an affiliate, the organisation previously known as "Action Aid Australia – For Those Who Have Less" changed its name to Partners in Aid.[6]

Current Partners in Aid Board Members & Advisors

The honorary board of Partners in Aid meets regularly to discuss projects and fund raising activities.[5] The board members include Associate Professor Roger Hughes[7] and Dr Graham Moore[8]. Honorary Advisors include Joy Handley, who has written about Bangladesh[9] and provides support with Partners in Aid's work with the All Bengal Women's Union[10], and Dr Cecily Neil, a sociologist who has written extensively about the development sector[11]. The Rev Morris Lee of Symbiosis International[12] is also an honorary advisor.[5]

Partners in Aid's Current Work

Partners in Aid is an international development agency based in Narre Warren, Australia. The organisation finances small-scale community development projects in Bangladesh, the Philippines and India, as well as running child sponsorship programmes in India. They are a current signatory to the ACFID code of conduct.[13] Partners in Aid is also involved in groups such as Our Community, which aims at capacity building Australian community groups.

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Projects in India

According to the website, Partners in Aid works with two NGOs in India - SEDS (Social Education and Development Society) based in Andhra Pradesh, and the All Bengal Women's Union, in Kolkata.[14]

Partners in Aid assists with watershed management and child sponsorship projects at SEDS.[15] SEDS was established with the aim of helping people living in the drought-prone area of Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh.[16]

Also in India, Partners in Aid assists with the work of the All Bengal Women's Union. Originally established in 1932 by a group of local women to assist exploited women and children in Calcutta,[17] the All Bengal Women's Union now has a variety of projects, ranging from an Old Age Women's home, to vocational training, a primary school, a children's welfare home and provision of counselling for children who live in the home.[18]

Projects in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, Partners in Aid works with an NGO known as Symbiosis. They support two Symbiosis projects - the Jamuna River Development Project (JRDP), and the Training and Information Support Program (known as TTIS).[15] Symbiosis aim to promote human development in harmony with the environment.[19]

Most years, the Jamuna River overflows. When the resulting flood water recedes, sandbanks appear. People move to the sandbanks in order to farm the "new land". The project aims to assist these people and has three components - education, micro-credit and health.[20]

The TTIS project aims to enable poor and marginalized men and women learn skills that could give them access to job markets that they would not otherwise have been able to work in. The sewing project of TTIS alone has equipped more than 2,000 women with sewing skills over the last decade.[21]

Project in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Partners in Aid supports the Sinangpad Healthy Village Project. The project's aims include providing information for local communities to improve village sanitation.[22] The project is located in Kalinga province and was taken on by Partners in Aid as it was started by a former member of the Honorary Board.[23]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.austcare.org.au/
  2. ^ http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/
  3. ^ http://www.actionaid.org.au/index.php/About-us/what-is-actionaid.html
  4. ^ http://www.actionaid.org.au/index.php/About-us/history.html
  5. ^ a b c http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/About%20Us.html
  6. ^ http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/index.html
  7. ^ http://www.civenv.unimelb.edu.au/about/webpage.php3?login=rogerh
  8. ^ http://www.civenv.unimelb.edu.au/about/webpage.php3?login=gamagr
  9. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2003745
  10. ^ http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/AGM%20Reports%202008.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.unu.edu/unupress/backlist/ab-ecodev.html
  12. ^ http://www.symbiosiscanada.ca/about_us/about_us.php
  13. ^ http://www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct/current-signatories
  14. ^ http://www.abwu.org/projects.asp?project=sponsorship
  15. ^ a b http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/Projects.html
  16. ^ http://www.sedsngo.org/
  17. ^ http://www.abwu.org/aboutus.asp
  18. ^ http://www.abwu.org/projects.asp?project=counseling
  19. ^ http://www.symbiosis-int.org/
  20. ^ http://www.symbiosis-int.org/index.php/programs/rural_integrated/jrdpb/jrdpbstories
  21. ^ http://www.symbiosis-int.org/index.php/about_us/newsletters/146-september-2008-no-2
  22. ^ http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/Sinangpad.html
  23. ^ http://www.partnersinaid.org.au/0906%20Newsletter.pdf

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Arrangements for Ownership of Action Aid Australia Name

From July 1, 2009, the organisation formerly known as Action Aid Australia became Partners In Aid. This is a result of an arrangement with AUSTCARE. AUSTCARE has entered into an arrangement with ActionAid and became ActionAid Australia from June 1, 2009. [1]

Partners In Aid, Formerly Action Aid Australia

Partners in Aid is an international development agency based in Narre Warren, Australia. Established in 1962 as Action Aid Australia, it finances small-scale community development projects in Bangladesh, the Philippines and India, as well as running child sponsorship programmes in India. They are a current signatory to the ACFID code of conduct.[2]

According to the website, Partners in Aid works with two NGOs in India - SEDS (Social Education and Development Society) based in Andhra Pradesh, and the ABWU (All Bengal Women's Union), in Kolkata.[3]

In Bangladesh, PiA works with an NGO known as Symbiosis.

In the Philippines, Partners in Aid supports the Sinangpad Healthy Village Project. The project's aims include providing information for local communities to improve village sanitation.[4] The project is located in Kalinga province.

See also

Action Aid Australia, Formerly AUSTCARE

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AUSTCARE, now Action Aid Australia, is a refugee action organisation established in 1967, and incorporated in 1978. [5] [6]

AUSTCARE National Refugee week is held annually to draw attention to refugee issues around Australia [7].

In National Refugee Week 2006, Major Michael Jeffery, the then Governor General of Australia presented Father Chris Riley with an AUSTCARE Paul Cullen Humanitarian Award for his work with young people in Australia and internationally.[8] [9]

AUSTCARE should not be confused with CARE Australia.

References

  1. http://www.austcare.org.au/
  2. http://www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct/current-signatories
  3. http://www.abwu.org/projects.asp?project=sponsorship
  4. http://erc.msh.org/hsr/LinkSites/lhs/ILHZmanual.pdf
  5. http://www.austcare.org.au/aboutus/our-history.aspx
  6. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2009/2585802.htm
  7. http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/newsevents/rw_index.html
  8. http://www.gg.gov.au/governorgeneral/speech.php?id=131
  9. http://www.youthoffthestreetsoverseas.com.au/news-and-events/media-release---june-20-2006.html

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