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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.

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.

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.

Humanitarian Action

Taking humanitarian action for those in greatest need.

Elevating Development

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


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


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

Commitment 4.4:
We reflect on, share and apply results and lessons with stakeholders.

Compliance Indicators

Compliance with the Commitments will be assessed against the following Compliance Indicators. All of the applicable Compliance Indicators must be met by every ACFID Member to be considered compliant with the Code. Each of the Compliance Indicators has one or more compliance Verifiers. Verifiers are the description of evidence that is required to substantiate compliance with each Compliance Indicator. Guidance is also provided.

4.4.1 Members disseminate information about results and lessons to all stakeholders – primary stakeholders, partners and donors.

  • Policy, statement or guidance document which commits Members to the dissemination of information about results and lessons to all stakeholders – primary stakeholders, partners and donors.
  • Evidence of consistent dissemination of information and results on website.


You could disseminate information through: structured feedback sessions with partners and communities and other stakeholders in-country and with your own staff; publication of evaluation reports or findings in newsletters; presentation of results and lessons at public conferences or meetings; and through your website.

Dissemination of information on your website could include: publication of evaluation reports with both positive and negative findings; findings of research; or outcomes of reflections processes.

4.4.2 Members reflect on results and lessons in order to inform and improve practice.

Documented process or evidence of consistent reflection on results and lessons and how these are used to inform and improve practice.


Your approaches could include: sharing of evaluation reports and findings with partners and other staff; scheduled, and resourced meetings or workshops bringing together key staff and partners, providing the time and space away from day to day work, to systematically discuss results challenges and learnings; the establishment of a shared data base capturing data and lessons.

Download and read ACFID’s PMEL Guidance tool from the resources section below for further guidance on developing planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks and tools that meet this requirement.

Good Practice Indicators

The following Good Practice Indicators describe a higher standard of practice than that set out in the Compliance Indicators. While Members do not need to meet the Good Practice Indicators to be considered compliant with the Code, they will self-assess against these indicators once every three years. This provides a clear pathway for Members to strengthen and improve practice over time.

  • Multi stakeholder learning events (This may include conferences, workshops, presentations, etc) are hosted and/or engaged with. 
  • A yearly schedule of reflection and learning events is in place. 
  • Mechanisms are in place to ensure findings are shared and feedback is sought from primary stakeholders in accessible ways.

Good Practice Guidance

Here are some practical suggestions for your organisation to further deepen and improve practice over time.


  • Prepare information about results and lessons, in accessible formats and languages to ensure authentic accessibility to all stakeholders.
  • Jointly define with your partners and other stakeholders what success or progress will look like and how it will be assessed and measured. This could involve defining indicators and targets or could be done in a more open-ended manner.
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation systems that regularly and systematically include the participation and leadership of partners, community members and other critical stakeholders
  • Consider including staff from other partner organisations or projects in evaluation teams to enable peer learning and sharing.
  • Present findings and seek feedback in an accessible and appropriate way to your stakeholders. This may require summaries of research or evaluations to be translated into local languages.
  • Organise events or opportunities for stakeholders and staff to reflect on lessons learned and explicitly incorporate those lessons into forward planning.
  • Maintain a data base of learnings which is searchable and can be accessed by staff in their roles designing future projects.
  • Ensure that project visits, evaluations and research trips include debriefing times with local stakeholders and partner staff to present findings, and receive feedback.
  • Schedule and resources regular staff meetings/ partner meetings for the structured discussion of results and findings.
  • Schedule and resource community sessions to share results and findings. 

ACFID Resources

ACFID’s PMEL Guidance Tool

Developing an Effectiveness Framework- A toolkit for small and medium sized NGOs

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide small and medium sized Australian NGOs with some guiding principles and ...

Other Resources

Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

How to set up a monitoring and evaluation system in an organisation

Principles and Guidelines for Ethical Research and Evaluation in Development

Essential guidance tool for research conducted with human participants in developing country contexts.