Solidarity in Action:
Our Projects

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, as the global justice organisation of the Australian union movement, works to support stronger union and social movements in thirteen locations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. We do that by working in partnership with thirty-nine local unions and community organisations through thirty projects and campaigns.

Our approach to development and movement-building work is centred in values of partnership, solidarity, equality, justice, and accountability.

We provide on-the-ground assistance which aims to address the causes of injustice and inequality, not the symptoms.

We support organised movements of people to make their own change possible, by exerting political pressure for just and sustainable solutions.

We recognise our solidarity with the working classes and marginalised people of the Global South and stand with them, as together we struggle for a better world.

We seek to deploy funds in effective and strategic ways, with accountability to partner organisations, funding bodies and our own members.

Here are some of the projects and campaigns we undertake in collaboration with communities in our region and beyond:

By working to support strong movements of people, we can fight inequality and corporate greed. History shows us we can demand a just world.

Kate Lee

Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA

To learn more about how we put our solidarity into action, take a look at the 2023 Annual Report, where you can read about our partnerships and projects, the activism and advocacy of our members, and the progress of our campaign to ban asbestos across Asia.

APHEDA works with Women's Unions in Bac Kan, Phu Yen and Hai Duong provinces to promote gender equality in political decision making.
2017 was a big year for the Working Women's Centre of Timor Leste (WWCTL) and a year of significant wins for domestic workers.
400 x 250_MAP Radio_website
MAP Radio is a voice for Burmese migrant workers in Thailand providing information on labour rights in their mother tongue via community radio stations.
400 x 250 PAFPI World AIDS Day_website home page
Positive Action Foundation Philippines (PAFPI), works hard to empower Persons Living with HIV/AIDS to live normal, happy and productive lives.
400 x 250 PWD ATM_website home page
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA's partnerships in Vietnam has increased access to employment and improved social integration for people with disabilities.
Beehives Hands-on Training-Al Kafryat WB
APHEDA works with local organisations in Palestine to support small-scale farmers, increase household incomes and establishing sustainable cooperative businesses.
Dr Cynthia at the Mae Tao Clinic_image from Sydney Peace Foundation website
Founded in 1989, the Mae Tao Clinic provides vital health services to refugees and migrants on the Thai-Myanmar border. The Clinic now faces many challenges.
Happy Land residents to protest Rock Energy's coal stockpile_Tudla Productions
The Happyland community, an urban community on Manila harbour, is waging a struggle against a mountain of coal dumped near them by Rock Energy Corporation.
Palestinian Womens Humanitarian Organisation PWHO Lebanon
Union Aid Abroad APHEDA is working in Lebanon to ensure Syrian refugee children are catching, keeping up and staying in school.

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