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Visiting Health Leaders in Bangladesh and India

By Opportunity International Australia

The Opportunity International Australia Programs team visited the Health Leaders program in Indonesia in August, which is focused on program quality through monitoring, evaluation and learning plans. Our long-time partner KOMIDA, a leading microfinance organisation serving over 700,000 clients, aspires to expand this program to all of its 300 branches next year. Opportunity is looking to include two new microfinance partners in Indonesia as part of the expansion of the program.

Members of the Opportunity team with DFAT in JakartaSimon Lynch (Indonesia Director) and Annie Wang (Health & Women’s Safety Programs Director) meet members of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

The Programs team also visited Health Leaders in Bangladesh. Our partner BURO has 1,300 branches serving over 2 million clients and is dedicated to the program with a view of long-term sustainability through its microfinance surplus. Two new microfinance partners in Bangladesh will soon be part of the expansion of the Health Leaders and Health Entrepreneurs program, Shakti Foundation and Sajida Foundation.

Opportunity meets with DFAT in Dhaka

The Opportunity team were also able to meet with the Australian High Commission Dhaka Embassy in Bangladesh for the first time, and the Jakarta Embassy in Indonesia discuss our shared priorities and alignment with the AusAid plan. As a DFAT accredited institution, Opportunity strives to promote Australia’s soft power and commitment to localisation, gender equality, disability and social inclusion in our programs as an Australian NGO.

Learn more about our Health program, which trains local women to become health leaders in their communities, allowing them to spread life-saving knowledge and care while earning an income to support their families.

This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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