The Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney today announced a major new strategic partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Named Strengthening Australian Civil Society, it will focus on how Australia’s civil society organisations can grow their strength in the years ahead, to support people in need and help build strong and resilient communities.
“Civil society organisations have helped all of us get through COVID-19,” Sydney Policy Lab Director, Professor Marc Stears said.
“From advocating in the halls of government for essential national policy measures, to coordinating community-based food deliveries for people in need, Australia’s multitude of independent, non-government, ‘for purpose’ organisations have responded to the crisis heroically.
“We will be working directly alongside civil society and other for-purpose organisations to work out how we can all best respond to the ongoing economic and social challenges of the COVID-19 crisis,” Professor Stears said.
This strategic partnership with the Sydney Policy Lab is a key part of the Paul Ramsay Foundation’s commitment to breaking cycles of disadvantage, to tackle intergenerational poverty
Paul Ramsay Foundation Chief Capability Officer, Jo Taylor, said: “This strategic partnership with the Sydney Policy Lab is a key part of the Paul Ramsay Foundation’s commitment to breaking cycles of disadvantage, to tackle intergenerational poverty.”
The organisations will ask and seek to answer key questions, including:
The strategic partnership will be guided by an advisory panel comprised of highly respected leaders from Australia and overseas, including Maha Abdo OAM (Muslim Women Association), Tara Day-Williams (Stronger Places, Stronger People, Australian Government Department of Social Services), Jason Glanville (PwC Indigenous Consulting, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute), Devett Kennedy (Queensland Community Alliance), Edwina MacDonald (Australian Council of Social Service: ACOSS), Anandini Saththianathan (Paul Ramsay Foundation), Liz Skelton (Collaboration for Impact), Anita Tang (Australian Progress), and Dame Julia Unwin (Civil Society Futures).
Learn more about the Strengthening Australian Civil Society strategic partnership.
Hero image courtesy of Addison Road Community Organisation. Used with permission.