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Engage Deeper – Announcing the Concurrent Sessions at ACFID National Conference 2023

Aug 25, 2023 | ACFID News

ACFID is excited to announce advance details of the concurrent sessions which will be available at our upcoming ACFID National Conference 2023. Taking place over the 18th – 19th of October, the conference will be hosting more than 30 concurrent sessions that will disrupt thinking and inspire delegates.

Innovation and systems change is a key focus this year and will include sessions on the future of new systems in humanitarian action, tackling poverty through redistribution, and how we can accelerate progress in disability inclusion. Sessions that also challenge the status quo include:

  • When Tomorrow Comes: How to prepare for the future when you don’t know what’s coming hosted by AVI
  • How Youth Decolonise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals hosted by Oaktree
  • Points of Disruption: Learning from Pacific experts on systems change hosted by UTS-ISF, with speakers from the Pacific Disability Forum, University of the South Pacific and South Pacific Regional Environment Program
  • Reweaving the Ecological Mat: A holistic development alternative hosted by Uniting World and partners from the Pacific

Whilst the conference will be delivered in a hybrid format this year, some concurrent sessions will only be available in person, whilst others available for the virtual audience. For those joining the conference virtually, you can expect to hear and learn from international experts in financial resilience, systems change, intercultural communication, environmental peacebuilding and more. Whilst delegates who attend face-to-face have opportunities to learn more about impact investment and maximising the impact of donor funds through sessions with Save the Children and ACFID’s Corporate Partner, StoneX.

There will be a strong thread of climate-themed sessions, including:

  • Nature-Based Solutions for Climate: mainstreaming climate outcomes in development programming hosted by WWF Australia
  • Creating a Loss and Damage Compass: Navigating our way through complex accountability and finance hosted by Action Aid Australia and Caritas Australia, with guest speakers from Shifting the Power Coalition and Pacific Climate Warriors
  • Gender and Climate Justice: How these issues intersect and ways to problem solve them; a learning lab hosted by Australian Lutheran World Service
  • Regreening Fragile Contexts: Locally-led climate adaptation, landscape restoration and environmental peacebuilding hosted by World Vision

There will be space for discussion and learning around region and country-specific case studies and analysis, such as the delivery of aid in the face of sanctions and the regime in Afghanistan; localised alternative financing models in Asia; voluntary carbon markets in the Pacific; the fight against online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines; and, driving change in maternal, newborn and child health in Uganda.

The 2023 ACFID Conference will challenge delegates to consider which partnerships and collaborations are needed to push systemic change at the global and regional level, so grassroots organisations can accelerate their work on the ground.

To access Early Bird Registration, and to view the full details of concurrent sessions as they are posted in the coming weeks, head over to the conference website at ACFID National Conference 2023 (arinex.one).

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