At Baptist World Aid, we believe God’s desire is a world without poverty and injustice. That’s why we work toward ending poverty so all people can enjoy the fullness of life as he intends. With your support, we partner with local Christian organisations already working in 22 countries to help vulnerable communities emerge from poverty.

Children and Youth Clubs

Our Children and Youth Programs assist young people to move beyond the barriers of poverty – for themselves and their whole community.

Community Development

Our Community Development projects build lasting solutions to poverty for entire communities.


Our work in Disaster Relief saves lives before, during and after a disaster strikes.


Through our Advocacy work, we stand with the oppressed and marginalised working towards a more just world.

We encourage and equip the Church, in Australia and globally, to respond to the environmental crises that affects our most vulnerable neighbours around the world through disaster response while it pursues the work of community transformation.


Word From Our CEO

Who would have thought that more than four years on, we would still be needing to factor the challenges of a global pandemic into everything we do? But this last year has continued to test our commitment and resilience and this has made our work through—67 projects in 22 countries, alongside 35 Christian Partners—arguably more important than arguably any time in our 65-year history. We are so grateful that even though the economic climate here at home is uncertain, the Australian Baptist family and our other faithful supporters have continued to provide sacrificially to allow us to impact the lives of more than 781,528 people, including 314,332 children.

We are a global community of people, doing great work, on a foundation of great faith. To God be the glory!


—Melissa Lipsett
Melissa Lipsett

Our Vision

Jesus calls us to care for those who are hungry and thirsty, to welcome those who are strangers in a new land and to offer help to those living on the margins (Matthew 25:35-40).

And so we dream of, and work towards a world where poverty has ended—a better world for all.

But we don’t dream or act or pray alone. Together, with God’s people, we co-labour with Jesus in the practice of restorative justice, caring for vulnerable communities around the world.


Our Mission

Baptist World Aid Australia is a Christian aid and development organisation

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Baptist World Aid helps Australians tackle the injustice of global poverty and act together in ending it.

We partner with like-minded agencies overseas to empower communities as they emerge from poverty, challenge injustice and build resilience together.

We partner with Christians and churches in Australia, particularly those from the Baptist movement, in faithful prayer, ethical consumption, generous giving, and courageous advocacy as together we follow Jesus to end poverty so all can enjoy fullness of life as God intends.

Our Story

In August 1959, a small group of Australian Baptists gathered in Perth with a single purpose. They wanted to respond to the horrors of the previous decades and came from various parts of the country full of vision and concern. They knew that they’d been called to care for some of the world’s most vulnerable in the aftermath of WWII’s many humanitarian crises.

Over the course of those few days, they prayed and talked and strategised until, finally, they felt sure of their mission. Later, they described that gathering like this:

‘In many parts of the world, after World War II, there were refugees, victims of national strife, poor, hungry, sick, and dispossessed people, all waiting for help. Their problems remained, even though the War had ended, and had grown in number and diversity. The whole concept of Aid, by this time in 1959, had taken on new expressions and more and more emphasis was being placed on longer-term solutions, which looked beyond the immediate demands for emergency relief toward development and self help programmes.’


A photo of founder of Baptist World Aid Australia Rev. Alan Prior and other members of the ABWA relief committee


The group passed a visionary resolution and the Australian Baptist World Aid and Relief Committee was born. Today we are known as Baptist World Aid Australia.

Transforming Communities

We partner with local Christian organisations to find innovative and lasting ways for vulnerable communities to emerge from poverty.

Our Community Development projects recognise that the greatest power for lasting change lies within communities themselves. Our Christian Partners help people to enjoy the fullness of life God intends for them, equipping them with the tools they need to pursue a better livelihood for their families and communities.

Our Development Approach

As a Christ-centered aid and development organisation, our reading of the Christian Scriptures and current developmental theory inform and guide our practices as we work with local Christian Partners. In addition to our history, our theology of development anchors our work, decisions, prayers and action:

Specifically, we believe the biblical storyline gives expression to a remarkable vision of ‘development’. As described in the creation narrative in Genesis 1-3, God’s intentions are for the emergence of a world filled with healthy, vibrant creatures living in safe, just, participatory, welcoming and equitable communities and lovingly engaged with God their Creator.

We Partner With Local, Christian Organisations

Like us, they share our biblical understanding of the better future God intends for people living in poverty. And they are best placed to help communities identify the unique challenges they are facing.

We Help To Provide Support

We provide our Christian Partners with financial and prayerful support, guidance, accountability and training, helping them to grow in effectiveness as agents of change in their own communities.

We Serve Communities Together

In working together, we learn from our local Christian Partners. They expand our understanding of the cultures they work within, while we implement best practice development programs together.

Why Work With Communities?

Lasting Solutions

Poverty can leave people hungry, malnourished, uneducated, excluded, dispossessed, and susceptible to disease, environmental crises and early death. While individuals feel the effects of poverty, lasting solutions involve whole communities.


Community members are invited, resourced and trained to take collective action. They identify the root causes of poverty in their community, and draw on their strengths to make and carry out plans to overcome them. Together.

Building Leadership

With your support, we invest into projects which build leadership and capacity at a local level, helping to ensure the impact continues well beyond the duration of the project and Your support helps communities experience the fullness of life God intends.

Where We Work


Baptist World Aid Australia joins him specifically in supporting Christian Partners in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Lebanon, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and others. And we respond to disasters in Asia Pacific, Asia, Middle East and more.

Solomon Islands

We work in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

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We work in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, and Uganda.

Bangladesh 2021

We work in Lebanon, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

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Disaster-affected Countries

We respond to disasters in Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Indonesia, India and more.

Who We Work With

Download Our Annual Reports

Our Annual Report summarises the activities and performance for Transform Aid International, Baptist World Aid’s parent organisation, from 1 July to 30 June. Find our latest reports now.


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