ACFID Media Coverage

ACFID Media Coverage

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #13: Unlocking the potential of diasporas: a new approach to development

    Denise Cauchi, ACFID Blog | 25 Oct, 2016

    Australia is home to diasporas from countries all around the world, who are active contributors to development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response in their countries of origin. And Australia’s future development agenda stands much to gain from engagement with diasporas, who are often thought leaders, investors, civil society organisers, development practitioners and peacebuilders.

  • Working towards transformational development and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Chris Roche and Annette Madvig, ACFID Blog | 25 Oct, 2016

    What does ‘transformation’ mean to the Sustainable Development Goals? Chris Roche and Annette Madvig of the Institute of Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University propose a working definition and explain how Australian NGOs can begin to test their programs and organisations for transformation to fulfil the potential of the 2030 Agenda.

  • Interview with Emele Duituturaga (ACFID Conference Speaker)

    ABC Pacific Beat | 25 Oct, 2016

    ACFID conference speaker Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations, spoke about the relationship between local and international humanitarian organisations and how aid is delivered in the Pacific.

  • What to expect on the ACFID conference 2016

    Devex | 25 Oct, 2016

    Lisa Cornish provided her take on what to expect from the ACFID 2016 conference in Melbourne.

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #12: Disinterest vs. Self-Interest: Australian Engagement with International Development

    Nicholas Ferns, ACFID Blog | 23 Oct, 2016

    As a historian who is interested in the ways that Australian experts and policymakers attempted to guide "developing" countries in its region through the developmental process following the Second World War, I am faced with a dilemma. I am constantly frustrated by the debates aimed at limiting Australia's financial contributions to the regions to its North. These contributions were ostensibly aimed at improving the standard of living in places such as Papua New Guinea and the countries of Southeast Asia, an enterprise that appears benevolent and humanitarian on the surface.

  • Interview with Amihan Abueva (ACFID Conference Speaker)

    ABC News 24 | 23 Oct, 2016

    ACFID conference speaker Amihan Abueva, Regional Executive Director of Child Rights Coalition Asia, spoke with Joe O'Brien about children caught up in President Duterte's brutal war on drugs.

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #11: Aid and National Interests – Bridging Idealism and Realism

    Sam Byfield / ACFID Blog | 20 Oct, 2016

    The importance of national interest in the provision of development assistance is highlighted in aid strategies and policy documents in Australia and internationally. Yet this area has generally escaped critical analysis, and little effort has been made to explore the ramifications of the aid-national interests relationship. This is prima facie surprising – after all, the purpose of Australia’s aid program is fundamentally important to its design, implementation and evaluation. This article explores the relationship between aid and national interest, and details some of the benefits that may arise through a stronger focus on this area.

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #9: Australian aid: relevant, effective and innovative for a changing region

    Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells | 19 Oct, 2016

    As Australia’s Prime Minister, Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, said recently to the United Nations General Assembly, “The tenor of our times is change. Accelerating with a pace and scale unprecedented in all of human history.” In a matter of decades, billions have been lifted out of poverty and billions more enabled to connect to each other and to a world of knowledge and ideas in a manner barely imaginable a generation ago.

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #8: Localisation and the future of Australian NGOs and INGOs

    Aarathi Krishnan | 18 Oct, 2016

    Our world is experiencing change at an unprecedented pace. ANGOs across both the humanitarian and development space, know the challenges that are being faced: number of those in need growing, climate change, resource shortages, urbanization, the entrance of non-traditional actors, new technologies, protracted conflicts. These challenges and trends are interlocked and they will continue to play out in a highly networked world. Though we in the sector know what these changes and challenges are, we either lack the skills needed to navigate through them, or we don’t understand their implications for the future of our organisations.

  • Australia Ahead of the Curve Blog Series #7: The Future of Australian Aid and the Humanitarian Perspective

    Stephen McDonald & Sarah Ireland | 17 Oct, 2016

    It’s 2025 and change in the Asia Pacific region has happened at a rate the world has never seen: Over the past two decades there has been an explosion in the working age population, a rise of the middle class, growing inequality, increasing urban populations, and rising security challenges both intra- and inter-State. The widespread penetration of technologies to even the poorest communities has resulted in an increase in access to tools and information supporting education, healthcare, livelihoods, banking and insurance with largely positive results. On the other hand, the real effects of climate change through rising sea levels and an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events has seen mass displacement, millions of children out of school, and many people losing livelihoods and sinking deeper into debt and poverty.