Spotlight on the Code


The ACFID Code of Conduct is a voluntary, self-regulatory code of good practice. It sets standards of good practice for ACFID members, with the purpose of improving development and humanitarian action outcomes and increasing stakeholder trust. The Quality Principles are at the core of the code – nine high-level principles of practice spanning the approaches, processes, and organisational enablers that collectively contribute to quality development and humanitarian action.

The Spotlight on the Code series provides thematic ‘deep dives’ into each of the Quality Principles through stories, case studies, learning and resources that deepen our understanding of applying the Code in practice. For every Quality Principle, the Spotlight series shares the work of our members, including good practice, innovative approaches and stories of success.

For more about the purpose and approach of the Spotlight series, read the Spotlight launch blog by Clare Petre, Chair of ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee.

Each new instalment in the Spotlight series will be launched on the ACFID blog, via our social media channels and in our monthly member bulletin. You can also contribute to future Spotlight instalments – if you want to share a story, tool or approach that shows good practice, email [email protected] to get involved.

Quality Principle 9: People and Culture

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Jocelyn CondonSpotlight on the Code – Supporting our people & nurturing good culture
VideoSight For All, Judy Hatswell

How Sight For All approaches Quality Principle 9 (People and Culture)


Case StudyCBM Australia

Equity in Recruitment + Supporting People and Culture

Practice NoteACFID

Responsible International Volunterring for Development

PolicyUNICEF AustraliaUnicef Australia - Whistleb-lower Policy
BlogSusanne Legena, PLAN

Cultivating a good workplace culture and taking care of our people should be priority number one

Learning OpportunitiesACFID

Quality Principle 9 Learning Opportunities

Quality Principle 3: Sustainable Change

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Sarah BurrowsSpotlight on the Code – How the Code speaks to Sustainable Change
WorkshopCollaboration for ImpactSustainable Development Goals Toolkit
PolicyAustralia Red CrossAustralian Red Cross Policy Statement on Advocacy
BlogWWF AustraliaThe sustainability initiative so effective it ended
BlogLive & LearnLocalising development efforts will lead to change that lasts
Case StudyCARE AustraliaDeveloping local capacity and effective partnerships
VideoNTA East Indonesia AidNTA East Indonesia Aid talks Quality Principle 3 in Practice
Case StudyCAN DO agencies

Localising Evaluations through Participatory Evaluation Planning
Initiating a Localised Repsonse to Emergencies

Quality Principle 8: Resource Management

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Paul BruntonSpotlight on the Code – Resource Management
BlogRebecca MacFarlingFundraising and the Code of Conduct
VideoADISpotlight on the Code – Australian Doctors International talks Quality Principle 8 In Practice
WebinarFred Hollows FoundationSustainable Procurement Webinar
WebinarACFIDHow to develop a financial wrongdoing policy
BlogNigel Spence, ChildfundEveryone is entitled to feel confident in our financial management, regardless of the size of donation


Quality Principle 1: Rights, Protection & Inclusion

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Raewyn LansSpotlight on the Code – Quality Principle 1 - Rights, Inclusion and Protection
Webinar PromotionDFAT

Child Protection Webinar hosted by ACFID 


Revised Guidance on how to develop Child Safeguarding Policy ACFID

Revised and refreshed ACFID Guidance for members on how to develop their own Child Safeguarding Policy

VideoSport Matters

Interview + profile – video here.

BlogSimon Eccleshall, Islamic Relief Australia, on behalf of DPCRights-based approaches in development – old hat, fashion trend, or essential workwear?
Promotion of RDI Paper on Faith in the Code of Conduct Gillian Fletcher, from Sexual Rights in development Community of Practice 

Learning Paper by the SRiD CoP 

VideoPSEA concurrent session from ACFID Conference

Preventing Sexual Misconduct and Safeguarding Human Rights 

BlogJess Leitch, Response Manager, Australian Red Cross 

Applying Quality Principle 1: Uniting the P, the G and the I for collective impact 

Quality Principle 6: Communications

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
Teaser VideoACFIDSpotlight on the Code – truthful and ethical communications
BlogACFID, Emily Moreton

Spotlight on the Code - truthful and ethical communications


VideoKyeema Foundation

Spotlight on the Code – Kyeema Foundation

We interview Celia Grenning, CEO of Kyeema Foundation, about how they communicate about their work ethically and truthfully.

BlogGreg Wood, Transform Aid International

Dollars and sense – thinking ethically about communications

BlogACFID, Tim Watkin‘Thanks but no thanks.’ Navigating the response to the Sulawesi Tsunami.
Policy (uploaded on the Good Practice Toolkit)Australian Himalayan Foundation

Communications Policy

Policy (uploaded on the Good Practice Toolkit)Oxfam Australia

Ethical Content Guidelines and Ethical Images and Stories Policy

BlogJill Farrar

5 resources that will make you think again about ethical communications


Guidance on how to develop your Ethical Decision Making Framework

Resource WebinarACFID + Jill Farrar

Guidance on how to develop your Ethical Decision Making Framework


Quality Principle 2: Participation, Empowerment and Local Ownership

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
Framing BlogACFID, Sophie SeckPreview to Spotlight on the Code – Participation, Empowerment and Local Ownership
VideoHagar Australia

Spotlight on the Code –Hagar Australia We interview Sara Webster, previous program & Policy Manager at Hagar Australia, to understand how this dynamic organisaton promotes and achieves participation at all stages of their activities, especially their focus on trauma-informed care


Webinar highlighting faith-based approaches to tackling gender-based violence in the Pacific, hosted by the ACFID Gender Equality Community of Practice Webinar on 16 July. Learn about the successes, challenges and available lessons from experienced members.

BlogEdwina Faithfull-Farmer, CBM Australia

CBM Australia use a mainstream health program in Indonesia to highlight their strategies to capture meaingful participation by people with a disability, at all stages of the program. “We’ve found that it’s not enough to say that people with disability are welcome to participate or to access what a project has to offer..."

BlogKylie Mines Motivation Australia

Towards ‘speaking up’: 3 strategies to ensure children with disabilities have their say Motivation Australia shares their story


Gender Audit Toolkit promotion; Is your agency walking the talk on gender equality? Ever thought about conducting a gender audit? The Code's commitment to promoting gender equality + equity is not limited to international development activity.

Video/Case StudyFarzad Yazdanparast, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Using human-centred design methodologies with communities – a case study; Listen to how one NGO used human-centred design to make participation the core of their development approach in the Philippines. This is the story of inclusive development

Quality Principle 7: Governance

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Mark Carpenter Spotlight on the Code – governing accountably, transparently and responsibly
VideoThe Leprosy Mission Australia (Steven Meredith)Spotlight on the Code – TLMA talks governancewe interview @TLMAustralia, to understand how this dynamic organisation practices good governance.
ResourceACFID Guidance for the development of a Complaints Handling Policy News Item and comprehensive resource Revised to support ACFID’s members in applying the changes to the QAF
BlogFriends of Femili PNG (Fiona Gunn) Governance, diversity and safeguarding: The Femili PNG experience
BlogAustralian Lutheran World Service (Mary Tankulu and Jamie Davies) Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with this standard around demonstrating separation Australian Lutheran World Service explores how
Blog and GameClare Petre, Chair of the Code of Conduct Committee Why Conflict of Interest needs to be more than a standing agenda item Take a 5-minute online test to see where you stand...

Quality Principle 4: Quality and Effectiveness

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Kate Angus Spotlight on the Code: Quality and Effectiveness
VideoAustralian Himalayan Foundation, Tshering Lama O’GormanSpotlight on the Code – Australian Himalayan Foundation
ToolkitRDI Network Ethical Practice Starter Kit
BlogRDI network, Philippa SmalesThis is why we need to think again about ethical guidelines for research
ResourceIWDA Feminist Research Framework
BlogMEL Community of Practice and World Vision Australia, Katie Chalk Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: our Collective Conscience
ResourceDFATANCP Stories of Significant Change
ResourceRDI Network Principles and Guidelines for ethical research and evaluation in development

Quality Principle 5 Collaboration

ItemOrganisation / AuthorTitle and Link
BlogACFID, Bridi Rice Spotlight in the Code – Lets talk about Partnerships
BlogACFID, Sophie Seck Seven Partnerships that can transform your organisation
VideoKIT International, Matthew Anderson Spotlight on the Code – KIT International
BlogAct For Peace, Janet CousensStronger When We Walk Together; How Diverse Partnerships Deliver Better Outcomes
Blog5 Authors who wrote Research For All Guide Nothing About Us Without Us: Why Every Organisation Should Consider Partnerships with DPO’s.
ResourceACFID GuidanceACFID Guidance on Collaboration and Partnerships