“Happy Birthday Global Development Group!” …How did it all begin?
Global Development Group officially turned “13” on 2 October, 2015.
In late 2001 CEO Geoff Armstrong visited a drug and alcohol rehabilitation project in Kazakhstan. “The Australians workers there had been trying to enlist some Australian help on the funding-front, but because they weren’t recognized, it fell on deaf ears. I realized at that point that we needed to create an Australian NGO (Non-Government Organisation) that could get funds there and that’s where we birthed the idea of GDG,” he recalls.
In its first full year of operation Global Development Group went from a home office in Geoff and Betty’s Eight Mile Plains home, to allocating more than AUD $2 million to 90 supervised projects in 30 countries around the world.
From 10 March, 2004 donations became tax deductible after Global Development Group received approval by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Australian Treasurer, as an OAGDS (Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme) organisation.
During the last 12 months Global Development Group distributed $34.5 million to relieve international poverty, impacting more than an estimated 4.84 million beneficiaries in 38 countries.
“It amazes me how successful we have been. I think it is because donors and partners believe we are very professional in how we go about our work in reaching the poor and disadvantaged of the world,” Geoff said.
Today, the organisation continues to expand, with Australian offices in Sydney and Perth. Outside Australia it has offices in the United States and Cambodia. It has just added another section to its head office in Rochedale South, Brisbane.