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CEO Announcement from Opportunity

by Opportunity International Australia

Opportunity International Australia is delighted to announce that Scott Walters has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 5 July 2021. Scott was most recently the Chief Fundraising Officer for Bible Society Australia, a role he held for the past seven years. Previously, he was Head of Strategic Partnerships for The Smith Family. With an extensive background in financial planning, stockbroking and marketing before his move to the for-purpose sector, Scott brings the depth of…

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Connecting our work to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

by Opportunity International Australia

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a broad set of ambitious shared aspirations set out by the United Nations to achieve a better, more sustainable future for us all. The diagram below maps each of Opportunity’s core programs to the relevant goals, demonstrating how our program outcomes directly and indirectly contribute to the SDGs.To use the interactive map below, tap on the area of focus to show the links between Opportunity's programs and the SDGs, or tap on the individual SDGs to…

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How Indonesian communities are innovating during COVID-19

by Opportunity International Australia

For Opportunity’s clients in Indonesia, some of the world’s poorest, every day is about thriving in adversity. However, the spread of COVID-19, lockdowns, and other hardships have really highlighted the need for strong financial tools to help those affected increase resilience and provide pathways to recover and prosper. With our network of Indonesian partners and programs on the ground, we’ve worked together to help families respond and rebuild after a challenging year – from providing small…

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WATCH: COVID-19 Field Briefing

by Opportunity International Australia

As India grapples with a devastating second wave of COVID-19, and many countries around the world continue to fight the pandemic, Opportunity International Australia provided an COVID-19 field briefing from our Program Directors with the latest insights from our implementing partners. On May 20, webinar attendees heard firsthand about the latest developments in India and Indonesia, including the devastating impacts of COVID-19, the recent natural disasters in Indonesia and how Opportunity is supporting…

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Meeting Challenge with Courage: Our 2020 Annual Review

by Meredith Scott

None of us will forget 2020 in a hurry. For many of the world’s seven billion people, the lingering impression of last year is one of devastation – a global pandemic, and the resulting economic fallout from reduced activity and lockdowns. But there is another story to tell. One of grace under pressure, courage under the most extreme of circumstances and resilience in the face of almost overwhelming odds. Opportunity’s 2020 Annual Review digs deep beneath the surface. We find out how our local…

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UPDATE: Our response to India's second COVID-19 wave

by Meredith Scott

Dear friends,  The news that's coming out of India is terrifying. An average daily infection rate of 350,000 as reported last week, with a peak of 402,000 last Friday, is a grim reminder to us that COVID-19 is still very real. Every one of those statistics represents an individual, someone who's loved by a family, and who has hopes for a better future.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to our team in India, and the staff of the 12 different implementation partners that we do our work through. Each…

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One disease away from losing everything

by Opportunity International Australia

The reality for 926.6 million people every year COVID-19 has had far-reaching impacts that have touched each of us in some way. Whether through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, school closures, health concerns, loss, anticipation, or fear— we have all experienced the vulnerability that emerges with a health pandemic. However, each year, for millions of people across the world, health-related vulnerabilities are a daily reality. 926.6 million people incurred catastrophic health spending, defined…

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How green loans grow a sustainable future

by Opportunity International Australia

Small loans change lives, and now they can build a sustainable future through green businesses. Small loans can make a huge difference for those living in poverty. It’s well researched and understood that helping to kickstart and support a business can break the cycle of poverty – for good. But as our climate continues to change, the factors that make a business sustainable has shifted, and Opportunity’s program partners are adapting to assist families across Asia pioneer financially and…

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The Pink Pandemic: How COVID-19 is doubling down on the gender divide

by Meredith Scott

Women across the globe face many challenges, but particularly in 2020, with disproportionate limitations, and the impact of pandemics and recessions. This International Women's Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the women saying 'I choose to challenge' those inequalities, including the disproportionate affect the COVID-19 has had on women, especially women with children, and young women. COVID-19 has caused a huge shift in the way we work. Lockdowns led to significant economic slowdowns,…

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A Day in the Life of India's Domestic Violence Counsellors

by Opportunity International Australia

One in three women in India will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. Of those women, eighty-six percent will not seek help. For those who do courageously reach out, our program partner My Choices Foundation is there. Providing legal support, emergency accommodation and counselling around the clock, demand has only risen for these services during COVID-19. The Indian National Commission for Women finding that during the March to May lockdown of last year, more complaints to authorities…

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