Plan International Australia will have a significant and lasting impact in the fulfilment of child rights for more children around the world.
Over this five-year period we worked to broaden and deepen our lasting impact on children, families and communities. We have reached more children and young people in vulnerable communities than ever before. Our humanitarian programs continue to provide life-saving support to over one million individuals, while our hygiene and sanitation programs reached and benefited over four million people.
In total our programs materially improved the lives of millions of children and their families across more than twenty-five countries.
Reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised children and youth
In 2016 over 70% of our programs are implemented in settings characterised by poverty, marginalisation, fragility, and instability. Our programs largely focus on those who are excluded: young women and men from ethnic minority communities, children and youth with disabilities, and those who are ultra-poor. Our methodologies and program approaches have shown relevance and impact for these groups of children and young people.
A focus on quality partnerships
We established a range of strong, supportive collaborations with Australian and international agencies specialising in health services in conflict affected areas, urban disaster risk management, disability inclusion, and community resilience. In program countries we have established robust partnerships with nationally based NGOs able to work effectively with children, women and men in difficult and vulnerable circumstances.
Gender inequality and inclusive practice
Our emphasis on gender equality and inclusive practice was a key element of deepening the quality of our programs, with a range of program examples from our portfolio demonstrating transformative impact for women and girls. An evaluation of the five-year Promoting Rights and Accountabilities in African Communities program implemented in Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Uganda indicated reduced levels of gender based violence, increased women’s participation in community decision making, and improved livelihoods for participants in target areas.
Experts in our field
Our development and humanitarian capability was evidenced by our progress, through strong technical expertise and support provided to program partners and communities. Our teams in disaster management, hygiene and sanitation, and youth economic empowerment are recognised for their expertise by our program and donor partners, and funds raised from the Australian government and public supporters are being invested in programs designed and implemented to high quality standards.
Our work in the Pacific
Our program reach has expanded by geography too, and this strategy period saw us establish an operational presence in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. Plan now implements long term development and disaster management programs in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. In addition, partner implemented programs in Lebanon and Iraq have ensured our reach can serve children and women affected by conflict, displacement and violence.
Diversifying our work
We have worked to ensure the sustainability of our program and funding base by constructing a diverse portfolio of programs and donor partners. As a result Plan International is a preferred partner with both the Australian Government and a number of multi-national donor agencies. In 2016 we have over sixty projects funded by more than fifteen different donor agencies.