Building the Future

INA provides those passionate about eradicating global poverty an International Development Platform through which you can be informed and involved.  


Our Vision

A just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential.

Our Mission

We are committed to building innovative partnerships for community well-being and empowering women and children in our work.


What We Do

Global poverty is complex and worsening through the impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 drove an additional 97 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, according to World Bank estimates. 3.1 million children die each year through poor nutrition. 9.2% of the world survives on less than $1.90 a day.

International Needs Australia (INA) is an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) accredited international aid and development organisation. INA’s vision is for a just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential. INA has been committed to building innovative partnerships for community wellbeing and empowering women and children in their work for almost 50 years.

INA works in South-east Asia, South Asia & Eastern Africa with local, innovative partners focusing on three key areas: Education, Health and Livelihoods. We work with the poorest communities in our identified regions, regardless of affiliation, to eliminate poverty and its causes.

INA also supports online and face-to-face education programs at all levels in Australian schools and in all states to help students identify and act on their purpose through alignment with the Australian Curriculum. Programs use real data, video and other materials to bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life so that students can develop a personal understanding for global poverty and their place in the world.

We manage funds carefully, and over 81% of our funds are spent on international programs and community education.

International Needs Australia (INA) is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and donor-funded and accredited International Development organisation that works with the poorest and most marginalised communities, especially women and children, to eliminate poverty and its causes regardless of affiliation. INA is different in our approach to International Development and our engagement with Australian supporters because INA:

  • Focuses on women and children in three key areas: Education, Health and Livelihoods,
  • Works in Southeast Asia, South Asia & Eastern Africa (currently Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines),
  • Is grounded in Christian values and strives for a just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential,
  • Commits to in-country project localisation with innovative partners and work through local staff and volunteers. We believe this is respectful and supports the development of more substantial and sustainable partner organisations and community outcomes,
  • Believes in poverty alleviation through a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to community development. This approach lets us partner with donors and other agencies committed to holistic poverty alleviation, focusing on community-prioritised needs
  • Conducts national education programs with Australian students that align with the Australian Curriculum to help youth clarify their personal purpose and increase empathy and understanding of global poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Brings our funding contributors and in-country partners closer together to easily co-design projects with all stakeholders to support innovation and alignment of programs, and
  • Is efficient and allocates over 83% of funds to overseas projects or community education programs.


We are a child safe organisation committed to protecting children and promoting child well-being through our work.

We are Christian

We are motivated by the example of Jesus, reaching out to the poor, marginalised and oppressed of the world.

We are a voice for the poor, the disadvantaged and the oppressed

We advocate for just actions that bring positive change to the lives of the poor.

We value and respect people of all ages, gender, race and creed

We do not discriminate against any person but treat all equally and with dignity.

We are stewards of natural, human and financial resources

We are transparent and accountable, at all times striving to maximise our impact and effectiveness.

We are committed to empowering local communities

We promote self-reliance and community ownership; participation that is both inclusive and genuine.

We demonstrate integrity and commitment

We are ethical and passionate about meaningful and quality partnerships, both in Australia and abroad.

the Executive Team

David Ensor

David Ensor

Chief Executive Officer

David is the newly appointed CEO of International Needs Australia (INA).  He has felt a called to the work of INA as a place to respectfully help the poorest and marginalised communities and individuals in South, South east Asia and Eastern Africa.

Originally from South Africa – where he led a rural education NGO for 6 years, David moved to Australia in 1999.  This work in South Africa was recognised by the then President Nelson Mandela (when presenting him with the Presidential Education Award – one per annum), noting that, “One significant strength… is that, in its endeavour to meet new challenges, it has realised the imperative for re-evaluation, re-invention and re-structuring to ensure its effectiveness in delivery.”   David subsequently led the parliamentary transformation program funded by the European Union to support transition of the newly democratic South African parliamentary system.

David has been a Chief Operating Officer and head of strategy at Australian universities.   In his most recent role as a director in a government department of education, he was responsible for managing over $320m in funding to schools for marginalised youth, non-government and ethnic and community language schools, higher education engagement, stakeholder engagement and working with key education leader associations to help the associations and departments achieve shared outcomes for education.  

David currently chairs the University of South Australia Education Futures Advisory Board and serves on school wellbeing committees and a national advisory board of Education Horizons.  He holds masters degree in Adult Education with a focus on adult basic education in rural areas.

Phearak Svay

Phearak Svay

International Programs Manager

Phearak leads INA’s international programs strategy and team .  He oversees INA’s relief and development programs across countries in Southern and Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. Phearak is committed to localisation of development planning and implementation and the meaningful partnerships that underpin this. He is the key contact for INA’s engagement with DFAT and the ANCP program and works to align donor support with INA programs activity in the countries we serve.

Before joining INA, Phearak worked with Singapore-based Asia P3 Hub as Senior Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Partnership Advisor where he built and managed multi-sector partnerships across Asia and the Pacific. Phearak has been in the NGO sector for over 27 years, having worked with large organisations such as Save the Children and World Vision in Australia and overseas.

Phearak holds a Masters degree in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor degree in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Pam Winstanley

Pam Winstanley

Finance and Administration Manager, Company Secretary

Pam ensures that we run a tight ship to ensure that over 83% of our funds are directed to projects. She is a qualified CPA accountant who has worked as a CFO and finance manager in various industries, including Not-for-and the commercial and retail sectors. Pam has a proven track record of being able to develop and implement efficiencies and procedures for timely and accurate financial and management reporting. Pam also has experience in compliance, human resources, OH&S and internal audit along with proven people skills and experience in managing IT. Pam is committed to helping our staff and overseas projects consistently meet the needs of the communities we exist to support.

She helps us keep on track to achieve goals and meet deadlines. Pam has a Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (Swinburne) as well as Small Business Management and other relevant qualifications.


Preeti Anand

Preeti Anand

Donor Relations Officer

Preeti is the first point of contact for INA donors and is often the friendly voice on the INA phone call. Preeti leads our donor care and supports marketing, communications and fundraising activities and is leading a program to ensure that all of our wonderful supporters receive the information they want, when they and how they want it. She joined INA as a volunteer 2016 and she made such an impact that we just couldn’t let her go.

Preeti has now been INA’s Donor Relations Officer for 3 1/2 years, and also supports the operations of the important Development Committee which guides our international programs work. She cares passionately for the connection between donors and our overseas programs and includes as a highlight a program visit to INA’s project in the Philippines, along with Programs and Compliance Officer, Catherine.

Preeti has always been committed to international development work and achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Global) degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Corlien Heijnen

Corlien Heijnen

Education Officer

Corlien leads INA’s education strategy as Education Officer.  She is passionate about helping Australian students find their place in the world through learning to better understand other cultures and the complex nature of poverty in developing countries.

Helping students to find and act on their purpose is a theme of the workshops.  She has worked to expand the poverty awareness workshops and programs for primary and secondary schools for implementation in all states in Australia.   Programs, such as Just Like Me, workshops about the importance of girls’ education and a workshop an program on Health and Human Development/Global Health, all focus on linking the Australian Curriculum directly to the real time experiences of an international development NGO working in East Africa, South and Southeast Asia.  

Corlien has a long history of living and working in rural areas of countries in Africa. A truly global educator, Corlien has worked in Zambia and France and taught senior years in England and Australia.

Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton

International Programs and Compliance Officer

Catherine is an International Development professional. In her current role of Programs & Compliance Officer at INA, she works with partners in South and East Asia on child rights, education and women’s empowerment projects. Her highlights in this role include visiting INA projects and meeting children who are excited and empowered to make a difference in their community. She has volunteered with Campaign for Australian Aid, Hogar de Christo and INA, where she has been employed for the last 7 years. She studied at Australian Catholic University and Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile) and has Bachelor’s in Arts and Global Studies.

Jenny Nicholls

Jenny Nicholls

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jenny is INA’s storyteller! She leads our communications and fundraising programs and is directly responsible for copywriting, producing end-to-end fundraising campaigns, social media channels and the website. She also oversees graphic design, video production, web development, and communications interns. Jenny has worked in not-for-profit fundraising, marketing and communications for more than 10 years, with the last three being at INA.  She earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts in the US and has lived in Australia for 16 years.

Amanda Southwell

Amanda Southwell

Community Engagement Manager

Amanda cares about connecting caring donors to on-the-ground projects in Eastern Africa, South and Southeast Asia.  She has a particular interest in education, gender and disability inclusion, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.  Amanda is also on the board of Operation Toilets Australia, which serves to ensure girls and their communities are supported through sanitation programs. 

She is currently responsible for ensuring the effective development of programs to raise major gifts and develop the partnerships to support this.  Amanda also leads our major donor and bequest initiatives, communicating and networking with current and potential stakeholders.   Amanda has also pioneers the INA University Internship Program to help connect great university talent and volunteers to the challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries.  

Amanda has a wealth of experience in the adult education and the not-for-profit sectors, and holds a Masters (Deakin) and postgraduate diploma in International and Community Development (Deakin), a postgraduate diploma in Education (Monash), and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Monash).   

Amanda has worked with INA for nearly 6 years.

Serene Tan

Serene Tan

Accounting Officer

Serene has worked at INA for the past five years, where she works in the Finance team. In her role, she processes donations, manages the database, performs month-end reconciliations and supports various functions including the annual audit and budget process. Prior to coming to INA, Serene worked more than 15 years in various roles in financial services, including Finance, Funds Management and Treasury. Serene holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), having been a CPA for over 20 years. Serene belongs to the Welcome Team at her local church.

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