Poverty the most pressing issue facing the Asia Pacific region today. Good Return works across the region to deliver programs for the financially and socially excluded. These programs focus on building financial inclusion through microfinance and skills development.

Our Vision

To create a world without poverty where people have access to resources and opportunities to improve their own lives.

Our Mission

To enable those living in poverty to achieve economic empowerment through responsible financial inclusion and capability development. We achieve our mission by engaging strategically with partners to innovate and strengthen financial and economic inclusion. We work with the economically excluded and marginalised, targeting those living on less than $2 a day. We operate primarily in rural communities, with women, men and youth. We believe that we can best effect change and champion the voice of those living in poverty by working with those that share our values.


Our History

Founded in India in 1951, World Education is a global not-for-profit organisation that meets the needs of the poor through economic and social development programs.

For nearly six decades, World Education has worked in more than 60 countries to provide training and technical assistance. Its key areas of emphasis are non-formal education approaches to livelihoods development, literacy, vocational training, environmental education, reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS education, and refugee orientation. It combines expertise and experience to provide training programs and technical assistance that strengthen the capacity of local communities, non-government and government institutions.

World Education’s approach is characterised by a commitment to meaningful and equal partnership that is flexible and able to evolve over time, and is based on mutual interest and trust. World Education strives to promote local autonomy by empowering partners to plan and implement their own programs, appropriate to the local context and the needs of grass-roots constituents to ensure sustainability of the programs.


World Education Australia

Good Return (World Education Australia Limited or WEAL) was established as a not for profit, secular company in 2003 with the mission of improving the lives of the poor in the Asia Pacific region. Currently Good Return focuses on assisting communities to improve their living standards through livelihood development programs, and by improving access to financial services. The expertise of our directors and staff has enabled Good Return to establish itself as a leading provider of microfinance, micro-enterprise and livelihoods support services in the region.

In addition to designing and managing projects alongside World Education country offices, Good Return also manages projects on behalf of  multilateral agencies such as Australian Aid (part of DFAT), ADB, USAID, GTZ (German Technical Development Agency), and UN agencies UNDP, UNCDF and IFAD. We have also worked with central banks in Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji and Solomon Islands, and major corporates including Accenture, Origin Energy, and Westpac.


About Good Return

As an independent, registered Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), Good Return is regulated as a public non profit organisation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), with fund-raising authority in every State and Territory of Australia. The organisation holds ATO-approved deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. This means that donations over $2 are tax deductible for Australian residents.

Good Return is fully accredited by Australian Aid (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). This accreditation provides the Australian public with confidence that their government is funding professional, well managed, community based organisations capable of delivering quality outcomes. Australian NGOs must be accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to be eligible for funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). This qualifies us to receive matching grants to support our development work, and so leverage funds donated by the Australian public.

Good Return is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the Council’s Code of Conduct. The Code establishes standards of accountability, transparency, and governance that ACFID members are committed and required to maintain.

The Good Return loan program was launched in 2010 to address poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. It enables to provide small loans to low-income entrepreneurs so they can start or expand a small business. When invested wisely, this can help them grow their incomes, and change their lives. Every individual listed on Good Return is genuine.

Good Return is about much more than loans. Through financial education for borrowers, training in responsible finance provision for partner agency staff, and support to national-level bodies, Good Return helps create an ecosystem for responsible and inclusive finance for low-income communities - an important precondition for sustained movement out of poverty.

“I witnessed firsthand the work Good Return and its partners are doing to create opportunities for people to lean in to break the cycle of poverty, this was such a powerful and life-changing experience for me.”
— Kate Jordan, Chief Executive Partner Clayton Utz, Sydney.