About Adara

We see a world in which each and every person has access to quality health, education and other essential services, no matter where they live.

Our mission is to bridge the world of business and the world of people in extreme poverty, and to support vulnerable communities with health, education and other essential services.

Our Model

The first part of the Adara Group is an international development organisation called Adara Development that has expertise in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Remote Community Development. Adara Development has worked in Nepal and Uganda since 1998.

The second part of the Adara Group consists of two businesses, Adara Partners and Adara Advisors, which are ‘for purpose’ rather than for profit. Their sole objective is to fund Adara Development’s administration and emergency project costs. This allows 100% of donations received by Adara Development to go directly to project-related costs.

From Adara’s inception to end of 2023, the Adara businesses have donated more than AUD $25 million to Adara Development. In addition, our donors have contributed more than AUD $47 million.

Since 1998, we have touched the lives of more than 600,000 people living in poverty as well as countless others through their influence, networks and knowledge sharing.

Mother in Adara-Kiwoko NICU
Adara founder & Chair, Audette Exel, in Nepal

Our Story

We have been bridging worlds since 1998 when our founder, Audette Exel AO established Adara Development alongside our first business, Adara Advisors. Our goal was to demonstrate the power of business and partnership to accelerate transformation for communities in need.

Our Values


We exist to provide support to vulnerable women, children and their communities living in extreme poverty. We believe everyone has a right to health and education services no matter where they live.


We work as a team and support each other. We are open, honest and kind. Failure and mistakes are OK – this is how we learn and grow. We make Adara a happy and productive place to work.

mutual respect

We listen to other people’s points of view. We celebrate and promote diversity. We abhor discrimination in any form.

Integrity & excellence

We act with deep respect, integrity and humility. We strive to be fair to everyone on the team. We work to a standard of excellence.


We work hard. We laugh and have fun. We are optimistic and positive. We don’t count hours, we measure outcomes.


We think outside the box. We are not afraid to be different.

Our Strategy

Strong Foundations, Broad Horizons

This theme of our strategy is acknowledgment that as we seek to broaden our impact through scale and knowledge sharing, we are building on a 25-year history of deep service delivery to bring quality health and education services to people living in some of the world’s remotest places.


Sustainability is an important part of our work. Our Sustainability Committee, Chaired by Storai Sadat, leads and coordinates our environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments.

This ensures our work has a positive impact on all our stakeholders, aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, and constantly strives to be best practice across all areas of sustainability.

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…to bring quality health and education services to people living in some of the world’s remotest places.

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Child in Nepal