Who we are

UnitingWorld exists to ‘connect communities for life’ and we achieve this through two distinct units:  

Relief and Development and Church Connections.

Our Relief and Development Unit supports our overseas partners as they enable marginalised communities to live healthy and well-resourced lives. We focus on building the capacity of our partners and their communities. We assist them in overcoming poverty and injustice, realising their fundamental human rights and developing long term, sustainable livelihoods.  Program areas include: Education, Health, Social and Economic Empowerment and Partnering Women for Change.

Our Church Connections Unit stands alongside and supports our partner churches in their life and witness and helps Australians see the world through our partners’ eyes.  This reciprocal engagement brings fresh understanding and renewed faith. We develop, encourage and lead the Church’s partnership in mission with churches overseas, especially in Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  Program areas include: Leadership Development, Theological Education, Church Community Service and Mission.


What we value

Partnership: working through partnerships that embody mutual respect, responsiveness, interdependence and accountability between people overseas and in Australia;

Sustainability: seeking ongoing benefits for the communities partnered, promoting their ownership and building their capacity to manage their own development; fostering ongoing evaluation and learning to ensure high standards of effectiveness; and care for creation;

Human Rights: respecting, protecting and upholding the human rights codified in the international human rights legal framework, supporting duty bearers to act justly towards rights holders;

Inclusion: actively promoting gender equity and the meaningful participation of people from marginalised groups in all programs, ensuring no discrimination due to age, culture, gender, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or social or political affiliation;

Integrity: applying ethical, transparent and professional work practices; respecting spiritual and cultural values.