The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Australia’s peak body for overseas development and humanitarian organisations, today launched a new interactive map tracking the work of Australian NGOs in developing countries around the world.
“For the first time, Australians will be able to ‘see’ how community and government support for Australian aid and development NGOs translates into critical programs on the ground, around the globe,” said Mr Marc Purcell, CEO of ACFID.
‘The data points to a unified sector that is active and has global reach and impact,” Mr Purcell continued.
“ACFID members work in over 90 developing countries, disbursing close to $1 billion in vital programs across a range of sectors including health, education, water and sanitation, gender empowerment and responses to humanitarian emergencies.
“This map shows us more than just the total amount of money raised. The data provides us with a better understanding of how the sector is tracking in a broader sense; we can see where our members work, the sectors they focus on, the project they prioritise and where their financial support comes from,” Mr Purcell said.
“Public donations to Australian aid NGOs have been increasing steadily since 2011 and given the recent, substantial cuts to the Australian government aid program - $1 billion in last year’s Federal Budget - these donations have become a particularly important source of funding for NGO work in regions such as Africa and Asia. The map really highlights this” commented Mr Purcell.
“Australians should be proud of the contribution they make to the vital work of Australian NGOs. We hope the map will enhance the transparency of the development sector, giving the Australian community a better feel for how important their contributions are and a visual way of seeing where their support goes,” said Mr Purcell.”
ACFID’s interactive map is a culmination of two year’s work by ACFID, in partnership with the ANU Development Policy Centre.
ACFID’s new interactive map can be found here.
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