Who is INA?International Needs Australia is a Christian organisation journeying to create a just world where girls and boys, men and women are treated equally with respect, dignity and opportunity to reach their full potential.
We work in 8 countries helping and serving the world’s poorest people – since poverty touches all people regardless of race, religion, age or gender. These then are our target groups – those living on the edges of society who suffer the most.
Our small, dedicated team is passionate about their work – and as a result, INA do excellent work in the field achieving excellent results.
Our work is primarily funded through private donations from everyday Australians, but we also receive some help from public grants from the Australian government (DFAT).
Some of our recent year’s work
- 10,000 women and children received health care
- 3,000 children vaccinated, lowering child and maternal mortality
- 8,000 men, women and children were taught how to identify and protect vulnerable children, and were educated about women’s rights
- 3,000 men, women and children were taught how to improve water sanitation and hygiene, to help turn around malaria and other major diseases
- 2,500 children, youth and women received quality education and training
- 500 farmers and small business women were supported to increase their household incomes, reducing extreme poverty and hunger
We work with in-country partners which extends our reach way beyond our own boundaries (language, tradition, culture) enabling us to connect with communities, neighbourhoods, families and individuals.
The projects we support are, therefore, locally led, locally driven and appropriate to the historical, cultural, social and technical context in which they exist. Another advantage to working with partners is their ability to grow with us as we work together – they get to develop skills and knowledge through their shared experiences and relationships.
In order to ensure our projects and programs achieve positive and sustainable outcomes, we choose our partners very carefully and all work conducted is closely monitored and evaluated. This means we have a good picture of the issues and successes – what’s working and what’s not. This in turn allows us to build on good work and adjust other areas where attention may be required.
We are committed to building INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS for community well-being and EMPOWERING WOMEN AND CHILDREN in our work.
INA is a Christian organisation journeying to CREATE A JUST WORLD where girls and boys, men and women are TREATED EQUALLY, with respect, dignity and opportunity to reach their FULL POTENTIAL.
OUR CORE VALUES
We are Christian: We are motivated by the example of Jesus, reaching out to the poor, marginalised and oppressed of the world.
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 committed to empowering local communities: We promote self-reliance and community ownership; participation that is both inclusive and genuine.
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 are stewards of natural, human and financial resources: We are transparent and accountable, at all times striving to maximise our impact and effectiveness.
We demonstrate integrity and commitment: We are ethical and passionate about meaningful and quality partnerships, both in Australia and abroad.
Accreditation and Membership
INA is a member of Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct ensures that organisations operate with transparency, accountability and ongoing efforts to improve the effectiveness of our development work. For our donors, being an ACIFD member is an assurance of our commitment to upholding best practice and using your donations to create the best possible outcomes for the people we work with.
INA has been fully accredited with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since 2004, and successfully passed the rigorous re-accreditation process most recently in 2016. Being DFAT accredited allows INA to access a portion of the Australian NGO Cooperation Program funding pool which complements our fundraising from private donors to support our projects. Accreditation provides DFAT, as well as our donors, with the confidence that INA is delivering effective, efficient, ethical and excellent development programs.
*** We are an incorporated (income tax exempt) charitable entity under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.