Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

100 reasons to sign our petition

On June 5th, we tweeted 100 reasons to sign our petition to Bob Carr, which as it turns out are also 100 reasons AusAID should reinstate the volunteer fund.

A letter to Foreign Minister Bob Carr

Dear Mr Carr,

Below is an extract of a letter I received from Margaret McKinnon, AusAID’s First Assistant Director General Africa and Community Programs Division. In it she announces a decision to discontinue the Pilot Volunteer Fund (PVF) without cogent explanation.

Considering future options

The message is clear. To get any funding we must once again convince AusAID and our Members of Parliament of the merits of continued support for Palms.

AusAID and Palms: A shared vision?

With AusAID’s and your support we continue to advance Palms’ vision to “participate in and develop networks that link and engage people across cultures in order to cooperate in reducing poverty and achieve a just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world.”

Independent review of aid effectiveness

Recently an independent committee was established by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to review Australia’s current aid program. Palms Australia was one of many non-government organisations (NGOs) to make a submission.

Submission to the independent review of aid effectiveness

The Australian government recently established an independent panel to review the effectiveness of Australia’s aid program.  Stakeholders were asked to make submissions to the review according to the set terms of reference. Palms Australia made this brief submission, outlining some areas in which it sees potential improvement in Australia’s development programs. A list of all […]

How effective is Australia’s aid?

We should expect our aid money to be used in the most effective way possible and seek a bi-partisan commitment increasing the percentage spent through development NGOs.


There is both a moral and social responsibility attaching to these experiences of foreign cultures,
and if nothing awakens in our own soul, making claims and demands upon us,
calling us to change the way we live, then we have been merely parasites and invaders. - David Tacey