Opportunity International Australia


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WHO ARE Opportunity International Australia?

Opportunity International are an international development organisation who “empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities” by providing financial solutions and training.

Opportunity International Australia are a member of Opportunity International and partner with health, education, water and agriculture programs in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

WHY DO THEY EXIST?

 They exist to “respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor.” They serve all people “regardless of race, faith, ethnicity and gender.”

WHAT DO THEY DO?

Opportunity International Australia provide finance and support to local microfinance organisations that provide financial services to people living in poverty. Financial services provided by these organisations include:

  • Small loans to help families start their own small businesses and earn regular incomes;

  • Savings accounts to provide a secure way to save for the future;

  • Microinsurance to protect against emergencies;

  • Remittances to help families living apart access much-needed funds;

  • Micropensions to provide a form of livelihood in old age.

HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?

 Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?

 Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

SHOULD I DONATE TO Opportunity International Australia?

 Opportunity International Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are clear about how they are run, by whom they are run and how they spend their money. Notably, they have a clear conflict of interest policy in place to minimise risks of misuse of funds.

Opportunity International Australia also show they are likely to be effective at improving the lives of their beneficiaries. They highlight their objectives, present results and show that they are active in understanding and improving their social performance (or social impact).

However, we need to see more in order to recommend them with confidence. Opportunity International Australia present the high level objectives of their organisation in their Financial Report, but we were unable to identify a strategy that provides insights as to how they will work to achieve these goals. In addition, while Opportunity International Australia clearly present their results, they do not present any detailed evaluation reports that show how these data are collected. In order to have confidence in the results, we need to see complete reports, including the data collection methodology.

After assessing both their strengths and their weaknesses, our overall recommendation for Opportunity International Australia is neutral. They demonstrate they are trustworthy and probably effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence.

In order to improve our recommendation, we need to see:

  • a strategy that outlines how they will go about delivering their objective

  • evaluations that provide detail on how the reported results are collected, specifically for programs funded by Opportunity International Australia (as distinct from Opportunity International).

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Opportunity International Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.

Download our complete evaluation of Opportunity International Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.


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Find out whether Opportunity International is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on our evaluation. 

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