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Quality Principle 4:
Quality and Effectiveness

Development and humanitarian organisations and responses are informed by evidence, planning, assessment and learning.

Rationale

Quality Principle 4 recognises the importance of deep contextual analysis based on evidence and experience, continuously capturing evidence of change, critically analysing and reflecting on performance, sharing lessons and promoting a culture of adaptation because development responses take place in complex and dynamic contexts. It reflects the importance of the key associated processes of consultation, analysis, planning, design, monitoring, evaluation and learning. These quality processes have all been incorporated into specific Compliance Indicators within this Quality Principle. There are also two additional quality processes included as Compliance Indicators.

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These are:

  • Reference to the ‘Principles and Guidelines for Ethical Research and Evaluation in Development’ (Compliance Indicator 4.2.3), which apply to all research.
  • A requirement to disseminate information about results and lessons to primary stakeholders, partners and donors (Compliance Indicator 4.4.1), in response to a deeper commitment to partnership and accountability.

The Verifiers have been carefully designed to provide scope for Members to demonstrate their compliance in different ways. However, the Verifiers emphasise Members demonstrating that they have a systematic approach to meeting Compliance Indicators. This approach has been taken to encourage Members to embed and mainstream quality management approaches across their development and humanitarian initiatives. It also enables objective verification of compliance by a Member’s governing body, the ACFID Secretariat, and the CCC if required.

Quality Principle 4 is implemented through four Commitments by ACFID Members.

Commitments

COMMITMENT 4.1

We articulate clear strategic goals for our work.

COMMITMENT 4.2

We analyse and understand the contexts in which we work.

COMMITMENT 4.3

We invest in quality assessment of our work.

COMMITMENT 4.4

We reflect on, share and apply results and lessons with stakeholders.

About

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Annual Report 2021-22

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability

ACFID

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

Our PARTNERSHIPS

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

GOVERNANCE

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

Members

Conference

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HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Acting with evidence, equity and inclusion for a resilient future

Meet our Members

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

Become a member

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

Our Focus

Budget Analysis

Federal Budget 2022 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.

Humanitarian Action

Taking humanitarian action for those in greatest need.

Elevating Development

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

PSEAH

Improving standards, practice and culture to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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

Provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the Code

Compliance

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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