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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

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

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State of the Sector

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Federal Budget 23-24 Analysis

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

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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

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About the Code

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Good Practice Toolkit

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Spotlight on the Code

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Other Standards

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Home 5 News 5 ACFID Blog 5 Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct, to deliver keynote address at ACFID’s National Conference 2023

Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct, to deliver keynote address at ACFID’s National Conference 2023

Sep 7, 2023 | ACFID Blog, ACFID News

ACFID is thrilled to announce that Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct and prominent advocate for systems change in the humanitarian and development sector, will be delivering a keynote address at this year’s ACFID national conference in October.

Dylan has dedicated two decades to supporting local organisations in the Global South through his work with various peacebuilding, international development and humanitarian organisations, including Oxfam, Landmine Action, and Y Care International.

As the current CEO of Peace Direct, Dylan advocates for shifting power and resources to locally led civil society organisations working in countries affected by conflict across the world.  His ‘decolonising systems’ work and leadership culminated in the 2021 landmark report: Time to Decolonise Aid. The collaborative report between Peace Direct, Adeso, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, resonated globally and facilitated critical discussion around reshaping the aid landscape, and called on all international aid organisations to tackle the issue of structural racism head-on.

Dylan’s commitment to empowering local civil society organisations is evident in his work and contributions to the sector. He serves as the Chair of the Board of CIVICUS, one of the world’s largest alliances of civil society organisations. He is also the editor of Working with Conflict 2, a practical resource for local peacebuilders, published in 2020, and is a regular contributor to the shiftthepower.org website.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dylan as keynote speaker at this year’s ACFID conference, who will deliver the opening address on day two of the conference.” said Marc Purcell, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development.

“Dylan’s invaluable insights on the current state of civil society and the systems change required to tackle the world’s complex problems will challenge and inspire delegates, highlighting urgent and meaningful changes needed across the humanitarian and development landscape for a more equitable and sustainable future.”

To find out more and to register for the conference, visit the website at: https://acfid.arinex.one/.