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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

disruptive dynamics, inspired ideas

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

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Solidarity and Resilience

The power of the collective


The past few years have seen a convergence of crises across health, social, economic, and environmental domains. From the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change, geopolitical instability, and increasing pressures on civic space, these crises have highlighted the interconnectedness of global challenges and the need for empathy, collective action and innovative responses. Now more than ever, fostering solidarity and resilience is essential for promoting sustainable development and creating a more equitable and just world.

Solidarity is a fundamental principle in international development, recognizing our common humanity and the interconnectedness of our destinies[1]. It emphasizes the importance of a collective response to complex global issues, encouraging collaboration, resource-sharing, and the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The 2023 State of Civil Society Report by CIVICUS[2] highlighted the valuable and increasing role that small, informal grassroots groups, often formed and led by women, young people and Indigenous people are playing in driving social change. By championing and amplifying local movements and mechanisms, solidarity can strengthen civil society. But solidarity requires more than just passive support; it demands active engagement and at times surrendering our power and privilege.

Solidarity can play a critical role in promoting resilience in the face of global crises and efforts towards greater equality and justice. Resilience is a widely-used concept in international development, although it is not without its critiques. Most commonly resilience refers to the capacity of individuals, communities, and societies to anticipate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses. In the face of challenges such as natural disasters, conflicts, shrinking civic space and economic and health crises, resilience is critical. It goes beyond mere survival; it involves the ability to bounce back, learn from adversity, and build better structures and systems for the future.

However, the concept and language of ‘resilience’ in international development has also faced critiques and has many interpretations[3]. At times the focus on resilience can shift the focus away from addressing the underlying structural issues perpetuating poverty and inequality. Is there a risk that in focusing on resilience, we simply maintain the status quo and broken systems rather than seeking transformational change?

Join us at the ACFID Conference 2024 to explore the transformative potential of solidarity and resilience in the face of unprecedented global challenges. Together, we can build a more sustainable, equitable, and just world.

22 Oct 24

Pre-Conference events.

Stay tuned for masterclass options.

23 Oct 24

Drawing on examples of successful solidarity-driven initiatives globally, Day 1 of ACFID Conference will invite us to reflect on the possibilities for strengthening solidarity to address complex challenges.

24 Oct 24

Exploring the concept of resilience and how we can work collectively to respond to and overcome the complex and compounding challenges facing the global community.

Concurrent Sessions Expressions of Interest NOW OPEN!!!

Looking to submit an EOI for this year’s conference? Please read through the information pack here.

When ready, use this form to submit your EOI

Closing 12 July 2024


Save the Dates

22, 23 and 24th October 2024

[1] United Nations Dept of Economic and Social Affairs, https://www.un.org/en/desa/international-human-solidarity-day-call-unity-and-action

[2] CIVICUS, 2023 State of Civil Society Report, https://www.civicus.org/index.php/state-of-civil-society-report-2023

[3] PSJP, Impact Trust, TrustAfrica and Global Greengrants Fund, UK. (2022). Understanding Resilience in International Development, https://globalfundcommunityfoundations.org/wpcontent/uploads/2022/08/UnderstandingResilience.pdf

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