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We are a small, innovative and independent community development organisation based in Australia. We partner with local community partners around the world to empower women and girls, improve education and health outcomes and defend human rights. We invest in building the power and capacity of local organisations.



our community partners

Dorcas, Anna and Clara outside the HAKO Resource Centre and Safe House. The safe house has seen a spike in clients seeking assistance from family violence since the pandemic

We work with local partners to improve health outcomes and safety for women, like our partnership with the Hako Women’s Collective in Bougainville who runs a Safe House for women and children facing family and sexual violence.

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We support food security initiatives, like our partnership with PEKKA NTT and Lua Lemba in Eastern Timor with a thriving network of women-run cooperative gardens producing food, generating income and building women’s leadership.

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We work with refugee communities in Australia to support school-building and teacher-training programs in Afghanistan and Wedweil in South Sudan to improve education outcomes, especially for girls and young women.

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strategy front cover 2023

indigo foundation strategy 2023 – 2027

This has been developed through much consultation with significant stakeholders, including our partnership coordinators, our advisors, our Board and our staff.

It sets what we see as an ambitious agenda to expand and deepen our impact and clearly lays out the outcomes we are working for. We will measure our success across three dimensions – communities leading their development; improvements in individual & community wellbeing and broader societal and systems change to address structural inequalities and discrimination.

And as with everything indigo, the first thing we offer is respect.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Read our strategy here

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week indigo celebrates our amazing volunteers who give much time and energy to serve some of the most vulnerable and resilient communities across the world – our partnership coordinators, our Board, our Development Coordination committee and many others. We also celebrate the volunteering spirit across our partners in Afghanistan, Bougainville, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Rwanda and Timor Leste. We are in awe of their commitment and passion and what they do every day leading their own development.  Thank you


great indigo bike ride -update

Dr Ian Wallis is riding from Canberra to Singapore to close the gap on his epic and totally unsupported bike ride from London to Canberra, and to raise money for indigo.

Currently, Ian is at Kyuna and has reached his 2,000K milestone.in Western Queensland.  His fundraising total has also reached a milestone over $11,000 to support our community partners and we are hopeful to reach  $15K before he reaches Darwin in a couple of weeks.

Ian  has been informing the world of the work that our amazing local partners acheive with your support. From  Macca on Australia All Over from Charleville. to  ABC Longreach Ian is happy to talk to anyone.

Donate to great indigo bike ride and help women and girls fight discrimination.Read Ian's cycling blog and remember to log in to leave a message of support

In October, we held our indigo conversations  A Spotlight on India featuring the directors of our Indian partners Guna Vincent, Founder and Director of our long-term partner, Mahalir Sakthi and Semmalar Selvi, Liaison Officer for Program for Education and Awareness Building (PEAB) in conversation with Dr Susan Engel, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies and co-Director of the Future of Rights Centre and our India Partnership Coordinator.

A wide-ranging discussion, Guna and Semmalar talk about the impact of COVID on their communities and society and challenges faced by the communities they serve.

indigo conversations is just one way we work to connect our supporters with the work of the local partners and hear first hand the impact that their donations are making.  Our next conversation is planned for International Women’s Day in March 2023.


A wonderful night was held at National Museum of Australia in Canberra for our Gala Dinner.  The generosity in the room was wonderful and we raised over $40,000 for our local partners to defend and advance the rights of women and girls, build women’s leadership and end gender-based violence. Above is the video that was shared on the night.

Once again Canberra legends Virginia and Alex brought their smarts and humour as double-act MCs, Louise Harget from Belle Property was our amazing auctioneer and we all enjoyed the  talented musicians that are the Gypsy Jazz Project.  Special thanks to the wonderfully generous indigo friends who donated auction items and wine and our incredible team of volunteers who helped make the night such a success – Heather, Di, Chris, Ali, Alice, Jenny, Robin.

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in May and June for special dinners in Canberra and Sydney, featuring our Partnership Coordinator Ali Reza Yunespour. The warmth and generosity at the events was incredible as Ali reflected on education, women’s rights and community resilience under the Taliban.