Setting Policy, Practice and Leadership – ACFID Council AGM
Robust debate was held on a series of resolutions which looked at changes in membership practice and included calls condemning the Government for ongoing detention of people on Nauru and Manus; condemning the Duturte Government’s extrajudicial killings of drug users in the Philippines; and a call to ACFID members to tackle persistent under representation of women in leadership and governance roles; concern about the use of out of home care organisations in developing countries and a call to halt the unnecessary usage of this practice; and for a agencies to have a clear plan to combat the discrimination of people due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
At the ACFID Council AGM, members elected two new vice-presidents, and four Board members and three new members of the Code of Conduct Committee.
ACFID’s membership was strengthened again with a total of 5 new members and 4 affiliates. The new full members are ADARA Development Australia, MIT Group Foundation, Muslim Aid Australia, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and YWAM Medical Ships.
The new affiliate members are Australian Federation of Aids Organisation (AFAO), UNSW- International, Western Sydney University- School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Transparency International Australia.
ACFID President Sam Mostyn and CEO Marc Purcell reported on the year past. The annual statistical survey showed that community support for ACFID members increased by 10% between 2014 and 2015 and 110,000 more individual donors gave to ACFID members in 2015 than in 2014.