By Hanna Hoffman We work pretty hard at Oaktree. We know some things about development and aid. We’ve seen poverty. We have some answers. We have lots of questions. But we’re pretty passionate. Turns out we’re not alone. Pablo and Rusty’s cafe in Sydney has been one of the incredible ‘stories’ we’ve found, who work tirelessly [...]
By Laura McIlhenny We know that meeting with a Member of Parliament (MP) can be a somewhat nerve-wrecking experience. The pre-meeting coffee jitters, butterflies and nervous fits of laughter do seem inevitable but meeting with MPs, or Senators for that matter, is a crucial part of the campaigning process. Having survived our long a-waited meeting [...]
Kathryn Foran The mass media has always played a critical role in the distribution of information and is a powerful force in modern society; it is how we, as both individuals and as a collective, gather and interpret information on both national and international affairs. It has the power to create significant social and political [...]
Recently, the Global Poverty Project launched our new campaign, The End of Polio, with a cute and creative clip with a difference. Focused on building public support for polio eradication, we’re matching every signature on our petition with the donation of a polio vaccine thanks to the Rotary Club of Crawley. Polio is a disease which [...]
By Laura McIlhenny Last week, while looking for an inspiring, informative video clip to show the Tasmanian Campaigns team at our weekly meeting, I came across an RSA Animate clip called ‘The Empathetic Civilisation‘. At first I thought it was just a pretty cool clip with a cool message, but on watching it a second time [...]
By Daniel Florrimell Critics of aid often charge its advocates with being self-indulgent – campaigning for the sake of it without any, or without an intelligent, concern for the poor. Prominent aid critic William Easterly argues that campaigns often focus on increasing the amount of aid by a seemingly arbitrary amount without concern about how well [...]
Something that is often talked about at Oaktree, and particularly within the Campaigns team, is the importance of telling your personal story.
I have shared similar attitudes concerning our response to poverty as many Australians such as “my actions can’t make a meaningful difference”, “Australia aid money just gets lost to corruption” and “charity begins at home”.
When looking at the campaign planned out for the next 18 months, I find myself overwhelmed. The sheer magnitude, skill, and passion which has created this campaign is a testament to the dedication of those involved with the Oaktree Foundation.
Guest post by Anna Gaskill, CBM Australia I met Workinesh a few years ago in Ethiopia. Workinesh had polio when she was a child and because of that, she is paralysed and has limited use of her legs. She told me how she’d been excluded by everyone in her family and community because she couldn’t [...]