2017 Annual Report
Message from the Chair and Executive Director
This year has been a successful one for Global Reconciliation. GR (Australia), with the help of its tax deductibility status, has been able to nurture fledgling groups to foster reconciliation processes within their communities.
Our program for contributing to the care of children in the Middle East as a basis for the establishment of reconciliation projects has developed flexibly—through discussions with a great many people in Australia, Palestine and Israel—into an exciting and highly innovative new project: aidXchange. This is an online platform to support the establishment of cross-border partnerships between people working in the areas of health care, sport, the arts, gender, youth, the environment, spiritualty and justice. By bringing together civil society individuals and groups in this way, we hope to support the sharing of the rich offerings and dignity of diverse cultures around the world, thus enhancing the possibilities for engagement in reconciliation processes and practices and contributing to a better future for the children of the Middle East. The platform is undergoing testing and will be launched in early 2018.
Our Global Advisors have been active in spreading the vision and mission of Global Reconciliation both in their home countries and in their diaspora communities. In partnership with Lentil As Anything we have engaged homeless and disadvantaged youth in reconciliation environments in the production of Streetcase Art.
Together with our friends and associates, the reach of Global Reconciliation remains extensive: since its inception our projects have covered the Middle East, Africa, Southern Asia, the Asia Pacific, Europe, Australia and Latin America. The Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship continues to expand its media presence. This year we engaged in health care projects in Myanmar, street art in Melbourne, training for reconciliation in Somalia, community development in Central Australia, support for victims of family violence in the African community in Victoria and the development of our global online platform for promoting reconciliation through the sharing of cultural practices between peoples. We are always excited by new ideas and open to suggestions for fresh projects. Above, all we are honoured to be able to continue to work with countless people of such courage and imagination.
None of this inspiring achievement would be possible without the tireless work of our board, our executive, our administrative staff and our wonderful, indispensable volunteer team. Thanks to you all!
Dure Dara OAM, Chair
Paul Komesaroff, AM, Executive Director