Annual Report 2023

In 1998, Adara was founded on a simple belief: that each and every person deserves access to quality health, education and other essential services, no matter where they live. We believe that we can use the power of business and partnership to make this possible. As I reflect on 2023, I’m proud of our continued progress in bringing this vision to life, building on the work and learnings of our first 26 years. Throughout the past year, we’ve increased our impact, expanded our team, and scaled our work to new heights. We’ve refined our models of excellence – AdaraNewborn, AdaraRemote and AdaraBusiness – to maximise their reach and replicability. We’ve shown that our work is bigger than us and highlighted the power of sharing our knowledge to create change on a global scale. And during this period of growth, we’ve remained connected to the individual stories behind this impact. Like that of Esther who left Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda with healthy twins, despite initially fearing for their survival. Or that of Raju who is receiving a quality education in Humla, Nepal thanks to Adara’s work with his local school. Behind every statistic and every milestone in this report are stories of impact just like those of Esther and Raju’s. Every single one matters. They are at the centre of our work. Always. These stories also show us the size of the need that still exists. They remind us that we still have so much work to do. But we have the plan, the expertise and the team to keep pushing forward. As we chart this journey, we know we’re not doing it on our own. We’re grateful for our partners, supporters and staff worldwide who have joined us on our mission. Thank you for standing with us, now and into the future. Thank you for helping us reach 50,000 people in 2023 and countless others through knowledge sharing. Please read on to learn more about how we brought our vision closer to reality in 2023.

We have developed three models of excellence in our mission to deliver quality health and education services to communities living in poverty. Now we are sharing and expanding these models to impact more lives.

AdaraNewborn is our model of care, with the power to halve newborn deaths and stillbirths across 10 facilities in Uganda over the next decade. It will do this by supporting women and newborns from pregnancy through to their return home after birth.

It provides health workers with training and mentorship; strengthens leadership and governance in the health system; equips facilities with the tools to succeed; and focuses on quality improvement systems. This creates sustainable systems change, saving lives now and reducing maternal and newborn deaths into the future.

AdaraRemote is our holistic community development model, which aims to improve access to essential services for people living in remote areas. Implemented in two isolated districts in Nepal, it spans five pillars of service delivery: education, child protection, youth development, health and community resilience.

Together these pillars can support remote communities to truly thrive. This model has been developed in collaboration with governments, local organisations and communities.

AdaraBusiness is our innovative business-for-purpose model. Through this model, the profits of our boutique corporate advisory business, Adara Partners, fund our core support and administration costs.

This allows 100% of donations from our supporters to go directly to’ =project-related costs. Adara Partners is possible thanks to a panel of 16 of the most senior members of the Australian financial services industry. These Panel Members use their investment banking skills and expertise to provide advice and wise counsel to clients. Panel Members work for Adara Partners without recompense to support our work with communities living in poverty in some of the world’s remotest places.

We believe the knowledge created through our programmes is not ours to keep. We strive to scale the impact of our programmes by sharing the data, research conclusions, training packages and lessons learned. We are taking our very best ideas and our biggest mistakes, distilled from more than two decades of working in the field, and sharing them locally, nationally and globally.

In 2023, we launched the Adara Knowledge Centre. This is an online platform to share our learnings and resources with others. The resources span our Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and Remote Community Development programmes. They include our Hospital to Home package, our breastfeeding guidelines of care and the latest research on our work. We hope these resources will inspire and guide many others as they create change in their own communities.

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