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State of the Sector

The inaugural ACFID State of the Sector Report (2018) provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the state of the Australian aid and development sector. Using a combination of data gathered predominantly from ACFID’s members and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the report provides a picture of the broader community of development NGOs and a sense of where ACFID members fit as a subset of this larger group. It aims to provide an understanding of what a healthy sector looks like and the current state of the sector as reflected in the data and analysis.
The report is based around a suite of characteristics of a healthy development NGO sector. Each characteristic captures important aspects of how development NGOs function as a community, how development NGOs interact within the Australian community, and how development NGOs work in other countries.

As a community

Characteristic 1

Is made up of a diverse community of transparent and accountable organisations.

Characteristic 2

Has an adequate and sustainable resource base.

Characteristic 3

Is innovating, learning, adapting and evolving in response to achievements, lessons learned, changes in context.

Characteristic 4

Is working collaboratively both within and outside the sector.

Characteristic 5

Has a healthy and diverse workforce.

With the Australian community

Characteristic 6

Has advocacy and campaigning capacity and influence.

Characteristic 7

Has a high level of influence, engagement and support with community and other stakeholders.

Characteristic 8

Is supported by an enabling legal, political and policy environment.

In the world

Characteristic 9

Has an appropriate sectoral and geographic focus.

Characteristic 10

Is fostering development and humanitarian responses that enable sustainable change in-country through empowerment of local actors and systems.

Characteristic 11

Is delivering significant social, political, institutional, economic and environmental outcomes and impact, and contributing to systemic change.

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