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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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Welcoming Stav, thanking Jemma. After nine years in the role, Jemma is stepping down as Executive Director. Jemma has led indigo though an incredibly important and successful phase of consolidation, learning and growth. Throughout her time, Jemma has been an outstanding leader and an inspiration to everyone she has engaged with. We will miss Jemma’s intelligence. It is with great excitement we introduce our new Executive Director, Stav Zotalis. Stav brings a wealth of experience in the international development sector having held leadership positions with ActionAid and CARE and having worked for AusAID in the past. Stav was drawn to indigo because she shares our guiding principles and believes in our approach to respectful partnerships and community-led development.

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Check out our latest video, celebrating 20 years of indigo foundation working with local partners.

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Human Rights Day Appeal. This Human Rights Day, we are focussing on the work of our local partners Juventude ba Dezenvolvimentu Nasional (JDN) in Timor-Leste, PEKKA in Indonesia and PEAB in India. At indigo, your support goes to local organisations that build women’s leadership and support women and girls to live free from fear and harm.  For over 20 years, you have supported our community partners in countries as they work to deliver access to education, health services and food security to their communities and now we are asking for you to dig deep again to enable these communities to continue their work. An additional gift this Human Rights Day can ensure that the women of JDN, PEKKA and PEAB can continue their work confident of the funding for the next three years. Thank you

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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.

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.