INA is a fully accredited international development agency with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as well as a full member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). We work with partners to implement world-leading, innovative projects that are changing lives across the world. This provides you a platform for real, world-changing impact.
INA aims for women and girls to be economically independent, participating in decision making, holding positions of leadership and living free from violence. Women are disproportionately represented amongst the world’s extreme poor, and research indicates that when more income is put into the hands of women, child nutrition, health and education improves. Women could increase their income globally by up to 76% if the employment participation and wage gaps between women and men were closed.
Child Rights & Education
INA aims for children to be able to realise and claim their rights around education and protection from all forms of abuse. These underpin our belief that every child has the right to a quality education, as it’s a key tool in breaking the cycle of poverty. Just one extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%, and up to 20% for girls. A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.
Health & Hygiene
Better health care, both preventative and curative, contributes significantly to poverty reduction. For example, child malnutrition accounts for 45% of the mortality in children under 5 years. We know that investments in health reduce disease, and reducing disease has proven positive economic effects such as increased school attendance and greater labour productivity, to name just a few.
INA is passionate about children growing into their potential, so we invest in projects that target child health. To have healthy babies, we must focus on supporting mothers – especially pregnant and lactating mothers. Children whose mothers have less disease in utero and are well-nourished in their early years, will have better cognition and school performance, and less susceptibility to disease. Child growth is also influenced by food insecurity, infections from inadequate access to water, sanitation, hygiene and lack of access to quality health services. That is why we also invest in livelihoods, WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) and health systems.
Communities want to be in a stronger position, without the need to depend on others to survive. To support them in this goal, we must invest in income-generation for the most vulnerable populations and focus on improving food security and agricultural productivity. Studies have shown that agricultural productivity growth has a substantial impact on poverty reduction, especially across Africa and Asia.
INA targets the most vulnerable people in the poorest communities, to ensure their livelihoods and food security are improving, while making sure widowed mothers and people with a disability are engaged. These communities include those with extreme scarcity of farmland, less productive land (due to its altitude and/or severe soil erosion), extremely low household incomes, high rates of HIV/AIDS and low education levels.