A group of professionals from a variety of fields, we wanted to find a way to do charity differently, andstarted thinking about the possibilities of harnessing the power of collaborative giving and the economic system and financial instruments we have access to, to benefit the poor.
Find out more about the DevA membership and how and how your donation is put to work ro generate sustainable returns for our partners.
We are looking to turn the tables on the traditional model of charity.
Every donation giving for life
When you become a DevA member you are not simply giving a donation to a charity, you are joining a group of people . Development Accord is a simple, but effective giving platform through which every donation is put to work actively generating income through investments that meet our ethical policy. This income is directed to our partner communities, allowing us, as a community, to commit to our partners long-term, through stable, predictable, sustainable giving.
A family for every child
We want to see orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children raised by loving families. It's our aim to grow a community of people committed to empowering families and communities to provide the best possible care for their children. We whole-heartedly support the clear movement in development practice and growing international research endorsing family and community based care models as best practice for the care of children. And we don't just believe what we read. We have been on the ground and seen this model at work - changing kids' lives and transforming entire communities. We will continue to advocate for this model of care and support locally-run organisations to do so, in many cases, as they seek to move away from orphanage and institutional care.
Engagement and Transparency
As a DevA member you will be provided with online tools that allow you to track your Donor Units and access clear, transparent, regularly-updated financial and project reports. You'll also be able to access information relating to your Donor Unit investment, the returns being distributed or project information and updates.
DevA will always seek simplicity in its organisational structure and administrative processes. We will also endeavor to attain as close as possible to a Zero-Cost structure, particularly in terms of administration costs. At present, members of the DevA board and corporate sponsors meet all administration costs including but not limited to company registration, printing, web hosting and consultancy. This means that every dollar donated is put to work in the DevA fund to generate returns for our partner communities.
Any fees associated with the operation of the investment platform are met internally in the fund before distributions are calculated. These operational fees may include fund administration fees, bank fees or management expense ratio fees.
We want to grow a community of engaged supporters. We have developed a range of online tools that allow you to track your donations, their growth and the impact they are having for our partner communities.
Launch Celebrates Development Accord Success
On 20th of October, Development Accord celebrated its official launch at the Wynnum-Manly Leagues Club. Almost 100 guests dressed for the jazz theme of the night as we enjoyed a 4 piece band and a 3 course meal. The celebration proved a chance to meet and greet those in our local community both interested in and committed to supporting our work.
The story so far: Institutional and orphanage-based care
It is often easy to be overwhelmed with numbers, statistics and the sheer size of the need when we think of orphaned children in t he developing w orld. In vast areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, the devastation caused by AIDS, malaria and malnutrition is unmistakable - in some areas I've visited it feels as tho ugh an entire generation has lost its mothers and fathers. The most common response of local communities and outside partners is institutional care. It's the known model and often logically seems the only viable option to meet such massive need. It's certainly the case that many orphanages have created an excellent environment to p rotect and help vulnerable children, staffed by people with big hearts and a real yearning to see healing in their communities. I've met people and visited projects that fit this description and will continue to support them in their efforts. However, if we are to ask ourselves the question, "Where is the best place for a child to grow up?", I believe the answer will always be with a loving family.