Australia Ahead of The Curve: An agenda for international development 2025

Australia’s international development sector is at a watershed moment.

We’ve reached the lowest level of Federal Government aid funding ever, at time when global need is growing. Global trends like the rise of Southern donors and local actors are challenging the business models of Australian NGOs. And, new international agreements like the 2030 Agenda will require all actors to think differently about the way we do development into the future.

Australia Ahead of the Curve: An Agenda for International Development to 2025 hopes to stimulate broader, deeper and longer-term thinking about Australian aid and development assistance.

We’re gathering 500-2,500 word think-pieces from the development sector and beyond about how and where Australian aid would be best targeted in the coming decade.

And your opportunity to contribute hasn’t passed! We’re still keen to hear fresh voices on what Australia’s international development agenda should focus on to 2025, and we will continue to gather ideas from interested parties till December 2016.

For more information, please read the author’s brief. If you’d like to contribute we encourage you to get in touch before you start writing and share your thoughts with us. Please contact Alice Ridge on [email protected] or call +61 2 62819223.



Blog Series and Conference Publication

To help stimulate discussion and debate around ACFID National Conference - Impact: A Future International Development Agenda for Australia on 26-27 October - we produced a compilation containing some of the thought-provoking ideas received through the project.

You can read these pieces on the ACFID blog, and download the full publication.


Beyond Conference, we’ll continue the conversation with ACFID members, the government and other stakeholders with a final publication in 2017.


Submissions received

The authors’ ideas presented in these think-pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of ACFID

Not sure where to begin? ACFID CEO Marc Purcell has written a synthesis piece which draws out some of the ideas emerging through submissions. You can also check out this handy list of summaries of the pieces we’ve received so far

Australia's Official Aid Program

Paul BirdAVIThe role of volunteers in building public support for aid
Helen BurrowsFederal Court of AustraliaLaw and justice as central pillars in responding to global development challenges
Sam ByfieldSenior Honary Fellow Nossal Institute for Global Health; Executive Officer to ANU Chancellor Gareth EvansAid and National Interests - Bridging Idealism and Realism
Nicholas FernsDoctoral Candidate, Monash UniversityShould Australia use international development as a means of engaging with the world
Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-WellsLiberal Party of AustraliaAustralian aid: relevant, effective and innovative for a changing region
 Fred Hollows FoundationJoining the dots: Including Indigeneity as a strategic theme of Australia's Overseas Development Aid Program
Susan Harris-RimmerGriffith UniversityAid, strategy and Australian economic diplomacy
John LangmoreMelbourne University School of GovernanceSecurity through peace and justice
Andrew Leigh & Claire MooreAustralian Labor PartyAgile Aid for Fragile States
Garth LukeConsultantA future international development agenda for Australia
Roland MandersonAnglicare AustraliaOverseas aid as strategy not charity
Travers McLeodCentre for Policy DevelopmentA larger policy community can make Australia a more constructive and influential global player
Stephen McDonald and Sarah IrelandCentre for Humanitarian LeadershipThe Future of Australian Aid and the Humanitarian Perspective


Climate change and climate finance

Paul Mitchell and Jonathan PickeringInstitute for Governance and Policy AnalysisHow should Australia's aid program respond to a climate-challenged future?
Heidi Peterson NEWOaktreeBehind the Curve on Climate Change
Tony WoodGrattan instituteAustralia's role assisting Pacific small island developing states adapt to climate change




Peter Baynard-SmithEngineers Without BordersSDGs and private sector collaboration
Denise CauchiDiaspora Action AustraliaUnlocking the potential of diasporas: a new approach to development.
Kirsten ArmstrongFred Hollows FoundationBoosting Private Finance
 Fred Hollows FoundationUsing a Systems Thinking approach to bulid global partnerships
Rhonda Chapman, Linda Kelly, & Tim FordConsultantsHow to adopt new ways of working for social change
Mark Ingram NEWBusiness for DevelopmentHow partnering between NGOs and business can keep both organisations ahead of the curve.
Rev Dr Bob MitchellChurch Agencies NetworkACFID think piece: Sustained relational collaborations
Paul PowerRefugee Council of AustraliaAustralia's refugee diasporas: new partners in humanitarian action?
Dr Terry Russell NEWAnglican Board of MissionTruer, Wider Partnership: an ABM reflection on new directions in international aid

Tari Turner NEW

Monash UniversityThe future of development as seen by a Ninja Pollyanna



Future of Australian NGOs

Geordie FungOaktreeAn Australia incensed by injustice, not satiated by charity.
Aarathi KrishnanAustralian Red CrossFuture of Australian NGOs and INGOs
Sophia Munro NEWYayasan Usaha MuliaEmbracing degrowth and post-development will allow NGOs to engage with grassroots movements
Danny SriskandarajahSecretary General, CIVICUSAustralia must forge a new path through a rapidly shifting development landscape countries 


Gender Equality

Ali GilliesFormer AusAidGender based violence and democracy
Megan Morris NEWAustralian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)The invaluable role of women’s rights activists, their movements and organisations in responding to development and humanitarian challenges
Ian WishartPlan International AustraliaGirls are the key to a sustainable development, so why are they still invisible?


Sustainable Development Goals and beyond aid

Brendan Crabb & Mike TooleBurnet InstituteResearch as the foundation of health development.
Matthew DornanDevPolicy CentreLabour mobility: Delivering better outcomes for Pacific Islanders
Dr Gillian FletcherLa TrobeSexual rights are an essential component of universal rights
Alan FowlerVisiting Professor in African Philanthropy, Wits Business SchoolChampioning Against Impunity
Jake LynchDepartment of Peace and Conflict, University of SydneyWhy it'll take more than free information flow to promote peaceful and inclusive societies through media development
Kathryn Michie NEWWWF AustraliaInspiring individuals for impact
Dermot O'GormanWWF AustraliaThe environmental, economic and social impacts of food insecurity.
Dr Christopher SneddenProfessor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS)How will Australians determine from others what Australia's role should be in international development?
Lauren Thomas, Rebecca Cain, and Vinita GodinhoGood Shepherd MicrofinancePathways to resilience: the financial inclusion continuum and economic mobility
Martin ThomasHabitat for Humanity AustraliaWhy cities now pose the greatest development challenge of the 21st century
Keren Winterford, Juliet Willetts, Joanne Chong and Damien Giurco NEWInstitute for Sustainable Futures University of Technology SydneyDevelopment futures and consideration of environmental boundaries are key to the Sustainable Development Agenda