Annual Information Statement 2018

Legal Name
Action on Poverty Limited

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • AFAP
  • AFAP Action on Poverty
  • Action on Poverty
Charity size
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: 13944
  • QLD fundraising number: CH2187
  • SA fundraising number: CCP2433
  • TAS fundraising number: FIA-528
  • VIC fundraising number: 11868
  • WA fundraising number: CC20533
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2018 reporting period?
Main activity
International activities
International activities undertaken
  • Transferring funds or goods overseas
  • Operating overseas including delivering programs
Provide further details of the charity's international activities
Action on Poverty is an international development
organisation working across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.
For 50 years we have been helping poor and vulnerable
communities to lift themselves out of poverty. From helping
Timorese families to grow their own nutritious foods, to
helping disadvantaged women in Cambodia learn business
skills – we target people with their own vision for change, and
help them make a difference that lasts.

We are a secular, independent non-government organisation
(NGO) that takes a rights-based approach to poverty
reduction. This means that we work to address the root
causes of poverty and not just its effects. We do this by
helping poor communities access the opportunities they
deserve, such as training and finance, to transform their lives.
We also strive to ensure the benefits of development are
shared equally, especially among marginalised groups such
as women, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities.
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
We are a secular, independent organisation that focuses on evidence-based development to help communities break the poverty cycle for good. Our website is and our annual reports and audits (including 17/18) can be found here.

We take a rights-based approach to poverty reduction. This means we work to address the underlying causes of poverty, not just its effects. This approach also ensures that the benefits of development are shared equally, especially among vulnerable groups such as women and ethnic minorities.
We believe that equipping local people with the skills they need to make long-term change is the most effective way to alleviate poverty. We work with in-country partners who have the knowledge and experience needed to broker relationships and deliver culturally-appropriate projects. We also mentor these organisations in key areas such as policy and finance so they have greater capacity to drive local development in the long-term.
We are committed to ensuring our work is effective by
conducting regular evaluations of our projects, in addition to
holding learning events and participating in communities of
This year, we conducted six evaluations. Evaluations are
essential for assessing the progress, efficiency, achievements,
and value-for-money of each project, as well as lessons
learned. However, they are also valuable opportunities to
share knowledge and learning. For example, our evaluation in
Ethiopia brought together partners from Zimbabwe and Malawi
to share insights, ideas, and experiences.

In Cambodia for example, we reviewed our Women in Action project. This project empowers women in 20 villages in Phnom Penh to become self-sufficient by promoting access to education for girls and entrepreneurship for women. The evaluation found that women had increased their incomes by 65 to 75 per cent, and improved their living conditions, savings, and support for their children’s education as a result.

In Ethiopia, we conducted an evaluation of our potato project in Ethiopia – part of a regional project focused on improving food security and
economic empowerment for African farmers. The evaluation found that the project is highly effective and relevant, with a strong emphasis on building the capacity and skill set of farmers, especially women, and partnering with government to ensure sustainability.
The evaluation recommended that farmer training and support
continue, while focusing on food preparation for a diverse diet is a pathway to engage more women in the project. It also found
that bacterial wilt was a major set-back to be avoided at all costs. Developing market linkages and value chains is key to the project’s long-term success, since farmers will be motivated to continue to grow potatoes as a good income stream
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2018 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Overseas / outside of Australia
  • Other Countries
    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
    • Ethiopia
    • Fiji
    • Kiribati
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Solomon Islands
    • Tanzania
    • United Republic of
    • Timor-Leste
    • Viet Nam
    • Zimbabwe
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2019 period?
Main beneficiary
Overseas communities or charities

Annual report

Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.

Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 11
  • Part time employees: 3
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 13.39
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 3

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2018 reporting period
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Did your charity have any related party transactions?
Does your charity have documented policies or processes about related party transactions?
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
Type of organisation
My charity is a charitable fundraising organisation
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
Western Australia

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
Revenue from providing goods or services
Revenue from government including grants
Revenue from investments
All other revenue
Total revenue
Other income (for example, gains)
Total gross income
Employee expenses
Interest expenses
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
All other expenses
Total expenses
Net surplus/(deficit)
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income

Balance Sheet extract

Total current assets
Non-current loans receivable
Other non-current assets
Total non-current assets
Total assets
Total current liabilities
Non-current loans payable
Other non-current liabilities
Total non-current liabilities
Total liabilities
Net assets/liabilities