Global Neighbour 

We’ve graded Australia’s contribution to achieving the SDGs against the other 19 richest OECD nations… and we have work to do.

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Catarina Sousa

Are we good Global Neighbours?

In Mark 12:31, we’re given a very clear instruction from Jesus, “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

Jesus teaches us who our neighbour might be in the parable of the Good Samaritan, making it clear that His followers are to care for ALL people.

As we work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – part of a united international effort – it is with these words resounding in our ears that we launch the Global Neighbour Index.

Should we, in Australia, be taking heed of this commandment from Jesus to love our global neighbours?

At Baptist World Aid Australia, we believe the answer is ‘yes’.

Global Neighbour Index 2018
Why A Global Neighbour Index

In order to paint a clearer picture of Australia’s performance as a global neighbour, we’ve created a ranking system!

The Global Neighbour Index ranks the 20 richest OECD nations, in consideration of their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals across a range of issues.

Each of the 20 nations are assessed against a set of ten criteria to rank against the five SDG pillars:






The key purpose of this report is not only to analyse our nation’s current performance against these criteria, but also to provide a pathway for Australia to improve its performance in the future… so we can truly be recognised as good global neighbours.

To find out how Australia ranks, download the report today.

What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. All countries in the United Nations, including Australia, have agreed to work towards them before 2030.

The 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, including new areas: climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

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Be Generous

Love Your Neighbour

Help your global neighbour, and their entire community. Your generosity provides poor communities with the support, resources and training they need to address the root causes of their poverty.


The Global Neighbour Index 2018 was produced in collaboration with A Just Cause.

Thank you to all the contributors to The Global Neighbour Index 2018, with special thanks to:


  • Rev Scott Higgins, A Just Cause
  • Chris Hoy, The University of Sydney
  • Eliza Johnson, Baptist World Aid Australia
  • Gershon Nimbalker, Baptist World Aid Australia

Report Design:

  • Susanne Geppert