Creating Transformational Organisations – My Focus at ACFID Conference, Day Two

Matthew Maury

25 Oct, 2017

TEAR Australia’s CEO, Matthew Maury, gives his picks for day two at ACFID’s conference, setting out TEAR’s focus on the factors and strategies for creating transformational organisations.

ACFID’s conference is one of the highlights of the year for me and I am pleased that many of my colleagues at TEAR will be able to join me.  There is so much good content and so many high-calibre speakers that TEAR sees the conference as a very important investment in professional development.  It is also the best networking opportunity of the year – given that the attendees include ACFID peers, DFAT staff, academics and international partners – all of whom share our vision for a world without poverty.  Thus, the meal times, tea breaks, and table chats are as valuable as the formal sessions. 

This year I am particularly interested in the content on creating transformational organisations. As an issue pertinent to discussions we are currently having at TEAR, I will be following the morning plenary panel on day 2 exploring the factors of power, politics, and the technological world in transforming organisations (9.15 – Main Hall) as well as concurrent sessions exploring similar themes.

During the first set of member-led sessions on day 2, I am planning to attend the workshop that is exploring how to respond to the intersecting drivers of marginalisation and inequality (10.45 – Session 3 – Zelman Room).  While the session is framed around the new ACFID Code of Conduct, it is not the compliance aspect that interests me but rather the priority and great challenge, in all of our work, to reach those facing the greatest impacts of poverty and injustice. With CBM Australia and the International Women’s Development Agency helping to facilitate I know that disability and gender will be (and must be!) central to this discussion. Both agencies have incredible insights and experience to share. 

I am also looking forward to how Thursday is going to start – with our fourth annual faith and justice breakfast (7.00 – Zelman Room). ACFID’s membership is made up of a significant number of faith-based agencies and this session is a chance to gather together in a way that helps both unify and renew our hearts as we share a simple liturgy, pray and listen to reflections from Dr Debora Murthy on the role of faith based communities in achieving transformational development in the Pacific Islands.

My biggest challenge across the two days of ACFID’s conference is trying to find enough mental bandwidth to both absorb and process all the amazing content!  I always leave the conference with lots to think about – new ideas I am keen to implement; new ways of thinking that challenge existing paradigms; new partnerships to explore; and a renewed excitement for the work I am privileged to be doing!

Matthew Maury - Chief Executive Officer, TEAR Australia

  • Matthew Maury
    Matthew Maury

    Matthew is TEAR Australia’s National Director.  For more than 25 years he has worked in a variety of positions with Christian development agencies, ranging from grassroots community development to senior management.  His experience involves work with poor and marginalised communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Matthew is a member of the ACFID Board, the Campaign for Australian Aid Board, and is the Chair of the Micah Global Board.


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