In the 2020-21 financial year, Plan International Australia:
- Managed programs that assisted children in more than 25 countries
- Delivered 12 humanitarian response projects in partnership with Plan International offices and local partners, through the Australian government’s Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP)
- Reached 1.2 million people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through a digital COVID-19 Facebook campaign, which provided accurate information about COVID-19 and PNG’s vaccine program.
- Released groundbreaking global research into girls’ safety online – the largest ever survey of its type – finding that more than half of girls have been harassed and abused on social media.
- Together with local partners in Indonesia, PNG and the Solomon Islands, improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, thanks to the Australian government’s Water for Women fund.
- Partnered with the World Food Programme on 21 projects in South Sudan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Laos, to reach 845,707 people who were facing food insecurity in agricultural and urban settings.
Read more in our annual report.
Our response to COVID-19
We want to thank everyone who signed their name and let our leaders know that you believe in supporting vulnerable communities to tackle COVID-19! Together with supporters like you, our calls to #EndCOVIDForAll were heard and Plan International Australia welcomed the news that the Australian Government has pledged another $500 million to help eradicate COVID-19 across South East Asia and the Pacific. We know that the COVID-19 crisis isn’t going to end until it ends for everyone. The faster we tackle this pandemic together, the faster we can create a more equal post-COVID-19 world.
In April 2020, Plan International declared an unprecedented Red-Level Emergency across the entire organisation. We recognised that this pandemic was the greatest threat to children’s rights and equality for girls, in both its scale and its severity.
With more than 80 years of experience, we are expertly placed to respond to this crisis. We’re working to support and protect the most vulnerable children around the world, including girls who are at risk of increased rights violations due to this crisis.
Plan International’s response to COVID-19 is focused on working with communities, governments and partners in Asia, the Pacific and Africa to tackle the spread of the virus through disseminating public health information, promoting best hygiene practices, and assisting communities to install hand-washing facilities. We are also supporting those directly affected in refugee and displaced persons camps in Bangladesh and Southern and Eastern Africa.