Current priorities

This page outlines ACFID’s current work on peace and human security.

Effective Humanitarian Action

ACFID promotes policies and initiatives to drive effective humanitarian action. ACFID’s Humanitarian Action for Results paper sets out recommendations to strengthen Australia’s approach to preventing and responding to disasters and conflict overseas. ACFID also works to raise public awareness of the importance of Australia’s humanitarian action.

ACFID engages with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to drive policies and programs that support the role of Australian NGOs in humanitarian action including through the current review and redesign of the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement. Read ACFID’s submission to the review.

World Humanitarian Summit

ACFID is engaging in the World Humanitarian Summit and its lead-up events to ensure it appropriately considers the challenges and opportunities of the Pacific region. The World Humanitarian Summit will take place in May 2016 and bring together governments, civil society organisations, private sector actors and people affected by humanitarian crises to propose solutions to humanitarian challenges and set an agenda to keep the humanitarian system fit for the futur


Forced displacement and irregular migration

ACFID is focused on developing policy positions that highlight the root causes of forced migration and is working in coalition with domestic organisations to build a stronger Australian approach to migration, refugee and development issues.    


Women, Peace & Security 

In 2000, the United Nations passed the landmark resolution UNSCR 1325, the first, formal instrument requiring parties involved in conflict to prevent abuses to women's human rights and include women in peace-building, conflict prevention and conflict resolution.  Despite UNSCR 1325, women remain woefully under-represented in peace processes and violating women continues to be a weapon used by combatants and armies.

 Australia's National Action Plan (NAP) on Women Peace and Security is a tool providing a common framework for action across Government to deliver on UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions’ intent. ACFID is taking a lead role in ensuring Australia effectively implements UNSCR 1325 by working with other civil society partners to produce an annual Report Card on the Governments’ implementation of the NAP and hold a Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security Dialogue.

The third, annual civil society Report Card on Australia's National Action Plan for Women Peace and Security was launched on 9 June 2016 by Australian Civil Military Centre Executive Director Dr Alan Ryan.


Core Humanitarian Standard

ACFID is contributing to the development and promotion of the global Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). The CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. The CHS will replace the HAP Standard in Accountability and Quality Management, the People in Aid Code of Good Practice, and the Core Standards in the Sphere Handbook. 

Civil military engagement

ACFID works in partnership with the Australian Civil Military Centre, with an NGO Advisor seconded to the Centre. The role of the NGO advisor is to ensure NGO perspectives are considered in the development of Australia’s civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to conflicts and disasters overseas.

 International Council for Voluntary Agencies

ACFID is a member of the ICVA Asia Regional Advisory Group. ICVA has over 75 member agencies around the world working in the fields of humanitarian relief, human rights and development, providing a platform for increased collaboration and coordination between NGOs and other humanitarian actors.