Who are Médecins Sans Frontières Australia?
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are an independent private international organisation mainly made up of doctors and health sector workers who “offer assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.”
MSF Australia is a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 74068758654.
Note: This is an assessment of MSF Australia only; it does not review the broader operational centres. Médecins Sans Frontières field projects are run by five operational centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Geneva and Paris. The Australian section is an official partner of the Paris operational centre, and Australian donors contribute to funding projects run by both the Paris and Geneva operational centres. MSF Australia also provides human resources to all operational centres’ projects.
Why do they exist?
MSF was created in the belief that all people should have access to healthcare regardless of gender, race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that people’s medical needs outweigh respect for national boundaries.
What do they do?
MSF Australia work towards the following strategic objectives:
Field work: provide medico-operational input into MSF field operations with an emphasis on mother and child health and enhance MSF Australia’s role as a relevant MSF office with medical expertise in the MSF movement.
Advocacy and quality improvement: market the organisation’s medical humanitarian action to all identified audiences, advocate on behalf of populations in crisis and contribute to improving the quality of medial and operational communication aims of the MSF movement.
Skilled resourcing: recruit, prepare and provide professionally skilled and motivated career staff from Australia and New Zealand, matched to meet needs within the MSF movement.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Médecins Sans Frontières Australia?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to MSF Australia will be used as stated, that is, to “help them deliver medical aid to those who need it.”
We believe that MSF Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who the charity is run by and how donations are used. Their financial model is presented. They show where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Roles are described and performance is monitored. They have policies in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
MSF also demonstrate that they are likely to be effective. It is clear what they do and the benefit they deliver. They present overarching goals broken into strategic themes. They show the activities that they have delivered. They present results from the last financial year. Finally, they indicate that they undertake program evaluations.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend MSF Australia present more on:
• how they evaluate their effectiveness.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of MSF 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 whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether Médecins Sans Frontières Australia 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 the findings of our analysis.