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31 Mar 2005 description

Australian NGOs are providing emergency assistance to the many communities in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia that were devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunamis on 26 December 2004.

Australian aid agencies are supporting their local partners in these countries to assist the millions of families that have been left homeless. The most immediate need is for drinking water, food, medical supplies and shelter.

24 Jul 2003 description

Australia and New Zealand must ensure that the Solomon Islands intervention force upholds human rights, Pacific non-governmental organisations meeting in Auckland said today.

22 Jul 2003 description

ACFOA members undertake a wide range of activities with Solomon Island partners in all sectors.

16 Apr 2003 description

A joint statement by Australian civil society groups

25 Mar 2003 description

Information received and updated as at: 25 March 2003

20 Mar 2003 description

Australian aid agencies have called on the Australian Government to take strong action to minimise the humanitarian impact of the impending war in Iraq on civilians, especially on children and the elderly.

12 Feb 2003 description

Gaye Hart AM, President, Australian Council for Overseas Aid.

16 Jan 2003 description

A Fijian assessment team conducted an aerial assessment of all areas affected by Ami on a PC Orion supplied by New Zealand on Wednesday 15 January 2003.

14 Jan 2003 description

Cyclone Ami is now travelling at 40 km/hr and is about to exit the Southern Lau Group and Fiji Territory in the next 6-10 hours.

14 Jan 2003 description

Cyclone Ami is now travelling at 40 km/hr and is about to exit the Southern Lau Group and Fiji Territory in the next 6-10 hours.

02 Jan 2003 description

A number of Australian NGOs have committed funds for humanitarian supplies including shelter, clean water, food, medicines and blankets. Additionally Australian NGOs are undertaking assessment missions to assess the existing and future humanitarian needs.

04 Oct 2002 description

Aid agencies have called on the Australian Government to provide more funds for urgent food relief to counter a humanitarian disaster unfolding in southern Africa. They have also asked the Australian community to dig deep in supporting current emergency appeals.

18 Sep 2002 description

Aid agencies have today welcomed the openness with which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka are now approaching a peace agreement in Sattahip, Thailand. Aid agencies can now operate with greater security in the delivery of essential humanitarian aid and support for reconstruction .

15 Sep 2002 description

ACFOA Council notes:

  • the total breakdown of the peace process in the Middle East and the effects of increasing incidence of violence towards Israeli and Palestinian civilians;

  • the damage to and disruption of Australian and international aid projects in the current conflict as well as destruction of Palestinian national and civil society institutions;

15 Sep 2002 description

ACFOA Council refers to the 2001 Council Resolutions on Zimbabwe, Debt and HIV/AIDS and notes that:

  • Australian aid to Africa has, in real terms, shrunk to half what it was in 1995-96. For the 2002/3 year, the AusAID regional program allocation is $35 million. In contrast, the UK Government has just announced a 50% increase in its aid to Africa to almost A$3 billion, bringing its aid to 20 times Australia's per capita level. Australia is not on target to meet the Millennium Development Goals in relation to Africa.

06 Sep 2002 description

Across Southern Africa millions of people are struggling for survival. The region is facing drastic food shortages resulting from severe drought compounded by the general economic downturn.

01 Sep 2002 description

This Code of Conduct defines standards of governance, management, financial control and reporting with which non-government development organisations (NGDOs) should comply. In addition, it identifies mechanisms to ensure accountability in NGDO use of public funds.

The Code aims to maintain and enhance standards throughout the NGDO community, ensuring public confidence in the integrity of individuals and Organisations comprising the NGDO community, and the quality and effectiveness of NGDO programs.

01 Sep 2002 description

Seeking to reflect global best practice in relation to the provision of humanitarian assistance, this document outlines guiding principles for NGO interaction with the military to assist NGOs in maintaining organisational integrity and focus on the people in need in a humanitarian emergency.  

The principles were developed in the context of humanitarian agencies increasingly working in complex emergencies and natural disasters with a military presence, forcing more direct engagement than ever before between the military, local population and humanitarian agencies.