Our Partners

We cannot end the cycle of poverty and disability on our own.

Ending the cycle of poverty and disability requires the right attitudes and commitment from everyone to include people with disabilities in all aid and development programs. Organisations that are committed to End the Cycle of poverty and disability are:

Act for Peace

  We act for peace, especially by assisting the most conflict and disaster affected communities to be safe. A safe community is one in which all members can live in safety, dignity and are able to realise their rights. Act for Peace recognises the strong links between conflict and poverty, and the fact that people with a disability are particularly vulnerable in the cycle of poverty. We are proud to support End the Cycle.


  ADDC endorses and encourages support of the End the Cycle campaign as it is built on a human rights platform to create awareness to act now to build an inclusive community and in doing so, change the lives of many.

ADD International UK

  ADD International has worked in partnership with people with disabilities and their organisations in Africa and Asia for more than 25 years. Our vision, of a world where all people with disabilities enjoy equal rights and the opportunity to participate in society as fully as they choose, will never be realised by working alone. That’s why we have joined with other organisations who are committed to the rights of people with disabilities as a partner of the End the Cycle campaign.

Australian Red Cross

  Together with our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners around the world, Australian Red Cross works with people most in need, in their most vulnerable times particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Communities are supported to achieve healthier, safer and sustainable lives. Red Cross is partnering with End the Cycle as another important step in tackling the links between poverty and disability.

Baptist World Aid

  Baptist World Aid Australia’s vision is to see all people enjoying the fullness of life God intends, including people with disabilities, who are often amongst the  poorest of the poor and excluded from their communities. We are pleased to partner with End the Cycle to raise awareness about the link between poverty and disability and we will continue to work with our partners overseas to help people affected by disability to lift themselves out of poverty.

Basic Needs

  At Basic Needs we have learned much from our experience of working with people with mental health conditions in locations around the world where mental health care services are either non-existent or very difficult to access. One important insight is that, once their condition has stabilised, many individuals and their families soon voice their aspirations to start working again. Poor mental health and epilepsy make people poor. Breaking the link between poor mental health and poverty is part of the recovery process.


  CARE Australia seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. Our work shows that women and girls can create lasting change if they have the opportunity to gain an education, access health services, generate an income, and take a lead in their community. However, women and girls with a disability face even greater discrimination: being female, having a disability, and being amongst the poorest of the poor which can pose extra challenges. Women and girls are also often caregivers for family members with a disability which can further limit their education and livelihood opportunities. We are pleased to support END THE CYCLE and raise awareness about the links between poverty and disability.


  Caritas Australia works with the poorest of the poor, helping people to help themselves regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or political belief. We are proud to support End the Cycle, because we recognise that people with disabilities are often among the most marginalised and vulnerable within the communities we serve. We believe that reducing poverty around the world is unlikely to be achieved unless the rights and needs of people with disabilities are addressed.


  Disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty, and children living with a disability are the most vulnerable members of society when it comes to experiencing hardship and discrimination. ChildFund Australia is proud to partner with End the Cycle, and give children with disabilities around the world a voice, as well as the hope of a better future.

  CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours) takes a rights-based, community development approach to collaborative, multisectoral action for children who are living with chronic health conditions in resource-poor countries so that all children might enjoy the highest quality of life possible. Chronic health conditions of childhood in low- and middle-income countries are too frequently associated with preventable morbidity and mortality; for those children living with disability discrimination, stigma, marginalisation and non-inclusive social structures present additional burdens and challenges. CLAN welcomes the opportunity to partner with End the Cycle to raise awareness of the issues facing children who are living with disability in resource-poor countries, and promote collaborative action towards sustainable change that serves to protect and promote the rights of all children to fulfilling lives.
Fred Hollow Foundation Logo   The Fred Hollows Foundation’s vision is for a world where no one is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health. The Foundation is proud to support the End the Cycle campaign, as we believe addressing disability is strongly linked to the promotion and protection of human rights and to the alleviation of poverty.

Global Poverty Project

  The Global Poverty Project is an education and advocacy working to foster the systemic change needed to realise an end to extreme poverty. We recognise that empowering people with disabilities is key to achieving the MDGs and other development goals. We've joined the End the Cycle campaign because we know understanding the relationship between poverty and disability is key to realising our vision of a world without extreme poverty.

  More information from Interact Australia coming soon.


  International Women's Development Agency is the only Australian development organisation entirely focused on women’s rights and gender equality. Our vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where women enjoy the full range of human rights, where women and men interact with dignity and respect, and where women have an effective voice in economic, cultural, civil and political structures. We support and share the rights-based approach taken by End the Cycle and are proud to partner with them to bring increased attention to the links between poverty, disability and gender. We join with End the Cycle in action to eradicate the gender discrimination that is so often compounded for people with disabilities.

Make Poverty History

  As a coalition Make Poverty History works to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and believes that equity and inclusion for all those facing extreme poverty are key to their achievement. MPH supports the End the Cycle campaign and a disability-inclusive Australian aid program to ensure people with disabilities are not being left out of MDG progress.

Micah Challenge

  At Micah Challenge we are committed to two things: first to following Jesus in our response to poverty, second to ensuring Australia does our fair share to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. If we are serious about either of those two things, we have no option but to address the cycle of poverty faced by persons with disabilities around the world. We wholeheartedly endorse End the Cycle as a means for speaking up for and with the poorest people in our world.

Oaktree Foundation

  At the Oaktree Foundation we acknowledge the link between poverty and disability and understand that effective development must be inclusive. We are committed to developing our disability practices, both internally and by partnering with inclusive education projects overseas. We are proud to endorse the End the Cycle campaign to raise awareness of the importance of including people with disabilities in all aspects of development work.

  Opportunity International Australia uses a sustainable approach to solve poverty – empowering families through community development programs and small loans to help them grow their own small business. These services mean that families no longer have to struggle to afford food, clean water, healthcare and an education for their children. Seeking to reach some of the world’s poorest communities, Opportunity is proud to support End the Cycle, an initiative that helps empower people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to transform their lives, too.


  Oxfam Australia works towards a just world free of poverty. Our rights-based approach ensures that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are able to have their voices heard. We recognise that people with disability are particularly vulnerable to poverty and other disadvantages, so we are committed to ensuring our work benefits people with disability equally to those not living with disability. We will pay particular attention to helping people with disability who are often experiencing other forms of discrimination due to their gender, age or ethnicity. We are proud to be a part of the End the Cycle partnership and welcome the opportunity to learn from others while helping to break the cycle of poverty and disability.


  Plan International Australia’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. We are a proud partner of End the Cycle and recognise the link between poverty and disability that results in people with disabilities being amongst the most vulnerable and excluded. We are committed to ensuring that our programs and activities are inclusive of, accessible to and lead to positive change for people with disability, in particular children with disabilities. We are pleased to have this opportunity to engage Australians in this conversation and increase all of our understanding about the intersection of disability, poverty and human rights.



Sport Matters uses the power of sport to make a difference in Australia and developing countries, with a focus on the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Our vision is More Sport. Less Poverty. and we create new partnerships between sport, development and community organisations using sport to address targeted development goals such as health, education and economic development. Liesl Tesch, our co-founder, is a six-time Paralympian and features in the End the Cycle campaign. Sport Matters advocates for disability inclusive development across all of its activities and services and is proud to support and endorse the End the Cycle campaign.

TEAR Australia

  At TEAR our mission is to promote a biblical response to global poverty and injustice. We believe that God demands we focus on those who are poorest & most vulnerable &  ensure they are able to reach their potential as people made in the God's image. We recognise that people with a disability are often the poorest & most vulnerable people & that there is a significant link between disability &  poverty.  We are therefore pleased to partner with End the Cycle.

The Leprosy Mission

  Leprosy is a disease which exists almost exclusively among the poorest of the poor and is a leading cause of disability in the communities in which it is found. The Leprosy Mission observes the correlation between poverty, leprosy and disability wherever we work. We see a clear alignment between the End the Cycle campaign and our vision of people affected by leprosy living with dignity, opportunity and hope as active members of their community.


  UNICEF’s work is guided by a rights-based approach and a focus on the most marginalized and poorest children and families. We recognise children with disabilities are amongst those most vulnerable to exclusion and hence we strive to implement policies and strategies which achieve inclusiveness for all children, including those with disabilities. Our mandate is to ensure the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is enacted by all its signatories and the CRC specifically mentions promoting the rights and opportunities of children with disabilities, a central tenet of our work in each of the 190 countries in which UNICEF works.

  Vision 2020 Australia as the peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, advocates for the elimination of avoidable blindness and vision loss and supports its members working in the Asia Pacific region through the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium – a partnership of nine Australian NGOs. Vision loss is both a cause and consequence of poverty, and efforts to improve eye health have a central role to play in decreasing poverty and increasing equality. Vision 2020 Australia is proud to partner with End the Cycle to give a voice to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Water Aid

  WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact. We see poverty, marginalisation, and social exclusion as inextricably linked. We are proud to partner with End the Cycle to increase the visibility, dignity, self-confidence and active participation of people with disabilities in policy and decision-making so they can continue to demand inclusive services in the long term.

World Vision

  World Vision Australia recognises that people with a disability are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the communities we work with. We welcome the opportunity to partner with End the Cycle to help raise awareness in the Australian community of the link between poverty and disability, and commit our organisation to greater inclusion of people with a disability in the programs and projects we support and within our own organisation and networks.

Your organisation can join End the Cycle today. Please email info@endthecycle.org.au

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