Be the change you want to see in the world, and then put on your grown-up pants and do it

The challenge and opportunity of the current COVID-19 world, and our world for the next few years, is to take our love of face to face volunteering and blend it with remote volunteering.

COVID-Culture Shock: An international development team’s take on surviving

Remote, isolated, pandemic and unprecedented were not words that were part of everyday vocabulary a month ago. And now here we are.

Sometimes you wake up and realise you’re exactly where you’re meant to be…

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”  – Steve Jobs

A matter of ethics

“…We need courageous NFP leaders, working to make their communities more inclusive and that restore people’s well-being…”

An International Development agency with a unique approach...

ABV is an international development agency 40 years of expertise implementing projects across Australia and Asia Pacific. We have a unique focus on strengthening business and economic institutions working to alleviate poverty through inclusive economic growth.   

With long-term experience implementing capacity building programs using different models, ABV collaborates with our partners to create effective programs which are  customised, needs-based, and community driven.

Each project is co-designed by our experts in international and community development in conjunction with volunteers drawn from our registry of Skilled Business Professionals who donate their time. 

Projects are collaboratively implemented by professionals and are able to be delivered face to face or remotely.

Our Skilled Business Professionals bring extensive experience and an independent, altruistic approach that guarantees effective and authentic skills transfer and mentoring, working with a range of organisations including local NGOs, educational institutions, national, provincial and local governments, large corporates and small businesses.  

ABV’s business model is to partner with corporates to deliver impactful corporate social responsibility programs that guarantee sustainable outcomes for communities and not for profits, which leads to poverty alleviation here in Australia and across our region. 

“We strengthen communities through business, and this is the future we hope to see – an ethical and committed corporate sector working in the communities they are part of, for a better tomorrow”

– ABV CEO Liz Mackinlay

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