ACFID 2016 Awards

Four ACFID Annual Awards were presented at the ACFID National Conference in Sydney on 15 October:

• The 2015 ACFID Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award was presented to the alumni of UNSW’s Diplomacy Training Program, and the Program itself. During the past 25 years, the Diplomacy Training Program has trained well over 2500 civil society activists in over 50 countries.

• The 2015 ACFID Contribution to the Sector Award was presented to Nic Maclellan. For more than three decades, Mr Maclellan has lived and worked in the Pacific islands region and conducted research and undertaken advocacy on Pacific environment, human rights and development issues.

• The 2015 ACFID Media Award was presented to Charlie Pickering and the team from ABCTV’s The Weekly program for their program examining budget cuts to the Australian Aid program.

• The 2015 ACFID Lifetime membership Award was presented to former ACFID Executive Director Russell Rollason. Mr Rollason was Executive Director between 1983 and 1995 and initiated ACFID’s modern campaigning strategy, shifting the organisation’s focus from development education and single issues campaigning to strategic, systematic and broad based campaigns.