The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international development and humanitarian action.
Sabina Foni and Mateus Elo hold the fruits of labour in their permanent garden. The couple said their harvest has significantly increased since working with Oxfam. Photo: Kate Bensen/OxfamAUS
Our vision is Australia acting with compassion and fairness for a just, sustainable and equitable world.
Our Shared Purpose
Our purpose is to lead, unite and support international development and humanitarian organisations to realise our vision.
Founded in 1965, ACFID currently has 130 full members and 22 affiliates operating in more than 90 developing countries. The total revenue raised by ACFID’s membership from all sources amounts to $1.86 billion (2018-19), $701 million of which is raised from over 1.26 million Australians. ACFID’s members range between large Australian multi-sectoral organisations that are linked to international federations of NGOs, to agencies with specialised thematic expertise, and smaller community-based groups, with a mix of secular and faith-based organisations.
ACFID members must comply with the ACFID Code of Conduct, a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development and humanitarian action outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of signatory organisations. Covering 9 Quality Principles, 33 Commitments and 92 Compliance Indicators, the Code sets good standards for program effectiveness, fundraising, governance and financial reporting. Compliance includes annual reporting and checks. The Code has an independent complaint handling process.
Our Strategic Goals
As outlined in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, ACFID aims to:
- Champion inclusive and sustainable development policy and practice that responds to the emerging drivers of poverty and instability.
- Lead and support relevant and adaptive international development and humanitarian organisations for the future.
How We Work
With our members, ACFID seeks to be an influential policy voice, a catalyst for change and a standard bearer for good practice in international development and humanitarian response.
- We connect and engage members
- We join with others to influence
- We are politically non-aligned
- We lead and convene dialogue on critical issues
- We promote knowledge and learning
- We work from an evidence base