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Annual Report 2022-23

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability


ACFID is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.


ACFID works and engages with a range of strategic partners in addition to our members.


ACFID is governed by its Board, ACFID Council, and various expert and governance committees.


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Conference 2023

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18-19 October 2023

Meet our Members

The ACFID membership is comprised of Australian NGOs that actively work in the international aid and development sector.

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Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

Membership types & fees

ACFID has two types of organisational membership: Full Membership and Affiliate Membership.

State of the Sector

The State of the Sector Report provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the state of the Australian aid and development sector.

NGO Aid Map

ACFID’s NGO Aid Map allows the Australian public and stakeholders to explore the work of ACFID Members around the world.

Development Practice Committee

The DPC is an expert advisory group of development practitioners leading good practice within the sector.

Our Focus

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Federal Budget 23-24 Analysis

Facts and figures on how aid is presented in this year’s annual budget

Strategic Plan

ACFID prioritises a robust response to climate change and pressure on civil society in developing countries, as well as other key priorities.

Emergency Aid

ACFID Members provide vital life-saving assistance in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.

Climate Change

Action on climate change is one of ACFID’s highest priorities, as it is an existential threat to humanity and our development.

Civil Society

Civil societies are a cornerstone of regional stability and ensure that the voices of the marginalised are heard.

Supporting NGOS

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners.

Inclusive & locally led development

Walking the talk on inclusive development.

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Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


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Code of Conduct

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2022-23 ACFID Code of Conduct Review

The ACFID Code of Conduct is periodically reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect good practice and the needs of ACFID and its members.

Code of Conduct

The Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry code of good practice.

About the Code

Find out more about the Code of Conduct and how it operates.

Good Practice Toolkit

Overview and practical resources, and examples to support the implementation of the Code.

Spotlight on the Code

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This section outlines the responsibility to be taken by each Member to ensure compliance with the Code.

Complaints Handling

How to make a complaint and information on the Code’s independent mechanism to address concerns relating to an ACFID Members’ conduct.

Other Standards

Mapping the Code with other professional standards and principles in the humanitarian and aid sector in Australia and internationally

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Details matter in $2b Southeast Asian finance facility

Mar 5, 2024 | Media Releases

Australia’s peak body for international development cautiously welcomes the federal government’s $2 billion finance facility to drive clean energy investment in Southeast Asia. 

But Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) CEO Marc Purcell said that the details of the new financing facility matter. 

“In particular, we will need to see what proportion of finance is delivered as loans to governments of developing countries, and how much is private sector funds mobilized to address climate change.”

“The problem is that government loans require repayments from budgets, often at the expense of development fundamentals like health and education,” said Mr Purcell.  

The $2 billion South-East Asia Investment Financing Facility (SEAIFF), to be managed by Export Finance Australia (EFA), will provide loans, guarantees, equity and insurance to support the energy transition and infrastructure development in the region. EFA has struggled with transparency at times due to commercial-in-confidence preferences.

“To address climate change in our region, the international development sector has called upon the government to contribute its fair share towards climate finance, in grants-based, new and additional finance through real increases to Australia’s Official Development Assistance,” said Mr Purcell.  

ACFID Chief of Policy and Advocacy, Jessica Mackenzie, also pointed to caution within the sector about Export Finance Australia’s management of clean energy funding. 

“Export Finance Australia is not known for its climate expertise,” Ms. Mackenzie said. “Some voices have pointed to Export Finance Australia traditionally being part of the problem, not the solution, when it comes to the region’s clean energy transition,” she said.

Until Australia last year agreed to end the financing of fossil fuel projects overseas, Export Finance Australia contributed $4.4 billion to coal, oil and gas developments between 2009 and 2021.

“By contrast, NGOs in our membership have a wealth of climate expertise and experience, as do existing regional and bilateral climate bodies,” Ms Mackenzie said. 


For more information, contact Georgie Moore on 0477 779 928