This Australia Day, join us at Australia’s most important Hottest 100 companion – the Proudest 100 – as we try to link every song in the countdown to the great work done in our name by Australian Aid.
The Rubens had a huge year. Now they’re certified home-grown heroes, like the hills hoist, the wine cask and penicillin – which started our national love affair with health care! That’s probably why Malcolm Turnbull joined world leaders in agreeing to wipe out malaria from our region by 2030.
Magnets is one of the singles from Disclosure’s second album, Caracal. A Caracal is a type of wild cat found in India. Also found in India are our very own CSIRO staff who worked with India’s Central Water Commission to help plan for the sustainable use of water sources.
The Foals released Mountain At My Gates with an epic immersive, 360 degree video clip that made you feel like you were right there with them – just like the 37 members of the Australian Assistance Team who set up a mobile field hospital (think M*A*S*H) in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. They treated 3,281 patients and performed 238 life-saving surgeries.
In its first week on sale, Jamie XX’s latest album In Colour sold just over 19,000 units in the US. Which is about the same number of kids that Australian aid provided with psychological support, and safe learning spaces immediately after the earthquake in Nepal.
CHVRCHES featured in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth games, and probably inspired a renewed Commonwealth commitment to eradicate polio. At the end of last year, Prime Minister Turnbull committed Australian aid to ending polio for good, saying ‘It is of vital importance to the people of every country.’
In emergency situations, you just want to know that ‘you’ll be Alright.’ That’s where Australian aid comes to the fore. Take Nepal for instance, where we sent 31 deployments of Aussie medical, logistics, humanitarian and consular staff to assist with the earthquake recovery.
Delilah is one of the great singles lifted from Florence and the Machine’s massive album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which has gone to the top 10 in 21 countries worldwide. Not to be outdone, Australian aid has funded education projects in 21 countries in the Indo-Pacific alone.
Illy kicks of this banger with some sage advice; ‘way back in adolescence I learnt one simple lesson, first impressions last.’ That rings true for Australian aid too, when we show a little love to our neighbours and our world, that impression lasts as aid recipients become trading partners. C’mon Straya, ’showing love don’t take much effort.’
Around the world, when elections aren’t free and where women aren’t seen as equal, you and Australian aid are working hard to make sure nobody can ‘Hold Me Down.’ Take Afghanistan where we’ve helped register 3.4 million new voters in Afghanistan, 35% of them women
Bring Me The Horizon seem pretty upset about people who break their promises – Australia made a promise to give 0.7% of our budget to Australian aid, which let’s face it, is a drop in the ocean – but instead in 2015 we made the biggest ever cuts to aid. But you know, as BMTH say, ‘tomorrow I will come back, leader of the pack.’
When The Chemical Brothers first started making music in the early 1990s, 12.7 million children would die under the age of five as a result of poverty. Through global efforts, like Australian aid, that number had more than halved by the time they released this track, Go.
San Cisco may be trying to keep up with the latest trends, but in the world of international development, Australian aid is setting the trends thanks to the launch of our innovationXchange, with programs like the Aquaculture Challenge which will improve the lives of the most poor through new food and protein sources in a sustainable way..
Boo Seeka put this track up on Triple J’s Unearthed on July 7 last year – that’s Independence Day for the Solomon Islands, where Australian aid has helped reduce malaria mortality rates by 80%, provide 150,000 kids with the chance to go to school and created 157,000 days of employment for locals through infrastructure projects. That’s a little more productive than floating around in Deception Bay.
This track is a killer instrumental; killer in that it makes linking to Australian aid quite difficult. But fortunately Ratatat’s latest album Magnifique dropped on July 17th last year, which also happens to be World Day of International Justice. A day worth celebrating, since Australian aid funds…instrumental…justice and legal aid programs in over 100 countries.
Matt Corby’s debut studio album, Telluric, will be released in March this year. He said it’s based on the idea that ‘through nature and human activity we’re all connected.’ Australian aid is based on the very same thing, that together we can help build a brighter future for all.
Every so often it’s nice to get an easy one like this. Around the world, millions of people in poor communities are working for it, it being a brighter future for them and their kids. That’s why we campaign for Australian aid, to help break down the barriers of poverty.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped this track on May 26, also known as Paper Airplane Day, which celebrates those feats of aeronautic engineering that turns school textbooks into toys. Australian aid on the other hand, is turning school textbooks into opportunities for quality teaching – like in Syria where where we’ve helped provide 3.1 million children with a better chance at education.
Alive, by Sia… well this is an easy one. Professor Alan Lopez, from the University of Melbourne reckons Australian aid funding saves the lives of 40,000 children a year. He said Australian aid has allowed “tens of thousands of children the chance of a productive and satisfying life that they would otherwise not have.”
Parkway Drive wrote this song as a delicate homage to the importance of having the right tool for the job. Their favourite is the vice grip. For Australian aid, there’s a more diverse toolkit, that’s how we’ve helped 400,000 farmers learn new farming technology.
Tame Impala copped a bit of heat with this track – the truth is our region really struggles with gender equality. Supporting women’s equal rights is a huge part of Australian Aid – from 2013 to 2014 we helped 2.4 million people learn about gender equality, and tackle violence against women.
This is a tricky one; but luckily it’s been viewed on YouTube 34 million times, which is pretty much the number of people Australian aid helped along the way through our partnerships with charities like Fred Hollows, World Vision, Oxfam and many, many more.
This upbeat track dropped on April 13th, otherwise known as Cambodian New Year, which celebrates the end of the harvesting season. In 2015, thanks to Australian aid that meant celebrating 6 new irrigation schemes that opened 2,809 hectares of land meaning 2,767 families could grow more than one rice crop per year.
In 2015, Florence and the Machine sold more than 200,000 copies of their album, How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful in the US alone and Australian provided life-saving emergency assistance for a similar number of people during critical food shortages in South Sudan.
When it comes to global development, our’s is a pretty big Wolf pack. We’re working with nearly every country in the Indo-Pacific, including Fiji where Australian aid helped fund 12,00 pregnant women gain access to counselling and medical testing. We’re gonna run like wolves to a brighter future for all.
This track is a beautiful tribute to suburban Australia. Around the world though, urban centres are under pressure with 1 in 7 people living in slums. That’s why we’re working in urban areas across Asia to secure suitable housing, and provide opportunities for people to thrive. Now that’s anything but Depreston.
Bring Me the Horizon’s latest album That’s the Spirit was certified Gold in Australia, meaning it sold 35,000 copies here. That’s the same number of people living with HIV/Aids that Australian aid helped provide with anti-retroviral medication through our partnership with the Global Fund.
In Australia, Gemini means ‘sweet Holden,’ but back in the day it meant ‘twins’ in Latin. Giving birth to twins, or any baby, is a precarious time for mums around the world, which is why Australian aid helped make sure nearly 1 million more births were attended by a trained attendant.
Halsey’s debut album, Badlands sold 97,000 copies in the first week of it’s release. That’s the same number of mums, living in remote and poor regions of Indonesia, whose births were supervised by skilled birth attendants thanks to funding from Australian aid.
When it comes to making the world a better place, people really do care if you don’t come to the party. Australia committed to the Global Goals last year, to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and fight climate change. We’re proud, in advance, that we as a nation will come to the party.
Seth Sentry’s new album won Best Urban Album of 2015 at the ARIA Awards. It was a big year for all things urban. In the capital of Vanuatu, Port Villa, Australian aid helped fund infrastructure and sanitation projects to ensure urban roads were clean, and safe.
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