Australia's 'Dollar for Dollar' Initiative Raises $25M

    In October, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced the government will match every dollar donated by the public for the people suffering in the Horn of Africa. This initiative proved a success.

    Through the “dollar for dollar” initiative, Australia has raised more than $25 million to help provide clean water, proper sanitation, vaccinations against cholera and measles, and food to families in the Horn of Africa – $12.7 million of which came from the public.

    The fund is a welcome addition to the Australian government’s existing contribution of $128 million to the region, including $98 million in humanitarian assistance and $30 million for food.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.