About us

About us

Our mission

As the largest generation of young people in history approach their reproductive years, Marie Stopes International (MSI) is working to expand access to contraception, safe abortion and reproductive health services to millions of women across the world who want to use contraception but haven’t had access.

Working across 37 countries, MSI are determined to ensure that everyone has equal access to essential sexual and reproductive healthcare.

MSI’s global 2030 strategy, Your Body, Your Choice, Your Future builds on the lessons learned from over 40 years of providing contraception, safe abortion and reproductive health services in some of the world’s most challenging and restrictive environments. Our vision for the next decade is bold but simple: By 2030, no abortion will be unsafe and every individual who wants access to contraception will have it.

Our vision: A world where every birth is wanted

Our mission: Children by choice, not chance

Our impact

For over 40 years, Marie Stopes International has provided life-changing sexual and reproductive healthcare to millions of people worldwide.

In 2019, Marie Stopes International Australia delivered family planning, contraception, safe abortion and sexual health services to over 255,000 people across the Pacific Asia region.

In 2019 the services we provided across the Pacific Asia region prevented an estimated:

110,000

unintended pregnancies

23,000

unsafe abortions

110

maternal deaths

How we work

Marie Stopes International operates as a social business, meaning we use business approaches to deliver social outcomes. But we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we work hard to understand our clients and their unique challenges, tailoring our services and solutions accordingly.

Where we work

Marie Stopes International Australia is the support office for the Pacific Asia region, based in Melbourne, Australia. We manage programs in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, as well as projects in Nepal, Viet Nam and Myanmar.

Marie Stopes International provides contraception and safe abortion services to millions of women and families across the world. Currently, there are 37 countries in our network of global partners.

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Where your money goes

This breakdown of spending is from 2019.

90% Program delivery and support

MSIA’s International Programs expenditure represented 90% of total expenditure in 2019, ensuring the majority of funds are spent in country and support office costs remain low.

2% Fundraising

We are a social business that understands philanthropy and aid cannot be relied upon indefinitely. We self-fund some of our work by generating a surplus in clinic networks, such as in the United Kingdom and Australia. We also work to develop sustainable approaches, generating income where possible and working within existing health systems to leverage resources. For these reasons, we invest very little in fundraising when compared to other international development organisations.

7% Accounting and administration

As with any other business, there are administrative and accounting duties that must be done in support of our work, so we can continue to serve the women that need us most.

For additional information on how Marie Stopes International Australia derived these figures, please view our annual report.

What your money can do

Your donation can have a significant impact on the lives of women and their families. It’s also a smart investment in improving global health outcomes, as family planning is one of the most cost-effective approaches to improving health. Every dollar spent on family planning can save governments up to 6 dollars that can be spent on improving health, housing, water, sanitation, and other public services. Furthermore, by allowing women to control their own fertility, there is reduced pressure on local environments and improved ability for local communities to adapt to climate change. For more detailed impact data and assessments, please explore our impact page.

$25

Could provide a four-year contraceptive implant to a woman working in a garment factory in Cambodia, allowing her to earn an income and change the future for herself and her family.

$50

Could allow us to train a peer-educator in Timor-Leste to help educate hundreds of women each year about sexual and reproductive health.

$100

Could provide 20 women in Papua New Guinea with an IUD, giving them the opportunity to plan their family and dramatically improve their lives.

$500

Could provide an educational program for a whole village in Timor-Leste to help make women more aware of their reproductive health options.

Accreditation

Accredited by DFAT and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, Marie Stopes International Australia adheres to the ethical and operational principles stipulated by these two bodies. You can read MSI’s Code of Conduct here.

DFAT logo (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Marie Stopes International Australia has been granted full accreditation from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is eligible for funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

The accreditation process aims to provide the Department and the Australian public with confidence that the Australian Government is funding professional, well managed, community- based organisations that are capable of delivering quality development outcomes.

Visit the DFAT website for more information.

ACFID Member logo (Australian Council for International Development)

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty.

The ACFID Code of Conduct, to which members are bound, aims to improve the outcomes of international aid and development efforts, and to increase trust in the sector by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.

Marie Stopes International Australia is a certified member of ACFID.

Visit the ACFID website for more information.

Board of Directors

In Australia, we are registered as Marie Stopes International Australia, a non-profit tax deductible gift recipient with an independent board. Our Board is made up of a diverse group of professionals. Each drawing on key experiences from various backgrounds, including corporate, not-for-profit and government contexts. Our directors are all passionate about gender equality and motivated to help women across the world exercise their reproductive rights.

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Policies and practices

MSIA is committed to safeguarding our clients, team members, volunteers and the communities we work in. We have strong staff screening, training and confidential reporting mechanisms in place to ensure the safeguarding of children, women and vulnerable people from abuse, exploitation and harassment, sexual or otherwise. We take all reports of incidents seriously, and investigate them in a confidential, timely and thorough manner. MSIA is dedicated to fostering an organisational culture that ensures safeguarding our clients, staff, volunteers and communities is a priority.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Child Safeguarding Policy

Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct

Adult Safeguarding Policy 

MSI’s Code of Conduct

MSI Australia’s Development Policy 

Donors and partners

We work closely with existing private healthcare providers, governments, other aid agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. Together we deliver services, strengthen national health systems, provide training, improve health policies, and share expertise. All of this is essential for building sustainable services that will help people to safely manage their health, their families and their futures.

We’d like to thank those who support our work around the world. Whether that’s through gifts, grants, funding or technical assistance, your generous support helps us serve millions of people across the globe. Below is a small selection of our key development partners.

Our projects and programs are supported by the Australian Government through DFAT, the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and the PNGAus Partnership.

Donors and partners

We work closely with existing private healthcare providers, governments, other aid agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. Together we deliver services, strengthen national health systems, provide training, improve health policies, and share expertise. All of this is essential for building sustainable services that will help people to safely manage their health, their families and their futures.

We’d like to thank those who support our work around the world. Whether that’s through gifts, grants, funding or technical assistance, your generous support helps us serve millions of people across the globe. Below is a small selection of our key development partners.