Frequently Asked Questions
Where does your funding come from?
We are an education and campaigning organization. The money that we secure to conduct our programs comes from partner NGOs, organizations that we work with on campaigns and shared activities, philanthropic supporters, grants from Foundations, and a small amount of money is secured through generous donations from members of the public.
Detailed information is available in our Annual Reports.
Where do you work?
We know there are already a number of amazing individuals and organisations doing important work in the developing world. We don't need to replicate their work - instead we're supporting it. We work in places like Australia so that people who share our passion for ending extreme poverty, know about the different ways that they can take action in their everyday lives to help create meaningful change.
We equip our supporters with information about how their voice, consumer power and political action can be used to create a world without extreme poverty.
What are your policy platforms?
We recognise that development is a complex field. Our focus is on communicating issues and enabling action in the general public. To that end, our policy change objectives are:
• Aid Quantity: That every nation we operate in works towards achieving 0.7% GNI in foreign aid.
• Aid Quality: That the quality of that aid be measured against whether or not it achieves poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals.
• Global Trade: Working towards fair and balanced trade relations, and the removal of protectionist export subsidies.
• Equitable Trade: To dramatically increase the market share of equitably traded goods.
• Millennium Development Goals: Support the effective funding and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals through government, NGOs and the private sector.
Why doesn’t the Global Poverty Project fund aid programmes?
To end extreme poverty, we need to change the broken systems that keep people poor. In order to create this kind of systemic policy change we need to shift attitudes, not only levels of public concern for this issue, but also in the degree of public engagement and understanding of the issues.
To end extreme poverty, we not only need to invest in developing communities, we also need to mobilise unprecedented levels of political and public commitment and create an enduring value shift, sustained over a generation.
We know there are already a number of amazing individuals and organisations doing important work in the developing world. We don't need to replicate their work - so instead we're supporting it. We work in places like Australia so that people who share our passion for ending extreme poverty, know about the different ways that they can take action in their everyday lives to help create meaningful change.
What about domestic poverty issues?
The Global Poverty Project believes that extreme poverty is the greatest injustice facing our time. We believe that a world that sees approximately 1.4 billion people survive on the equivalent of US$1.50 a day and deprived of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust, and unacceptable.
We believe that it domestic issues of poverty and injustice are also important, and we believe that our society has the ability, and the resources, to address both.