Leading aid and development practitioner and thought leader Rhonda Chapman receives ACFID’s Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award

30 Oct, 2018

Internationally-accredited partnership broker and leading expert in governance and entrepreneurship, Rhonda Chapman, has been awarded ACFID’s 2018 Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award for her 25 year-long contribution to Australia’s aid and international development sector.

Self-proclaimed ‘partnership wrangler’, aid consultant, and civil-society advisor, Rhonda’s work history has included Directorship of ACFID’s Development Practice and Membership team; partnership broker for the DFAT Australian Humanitarian Program; and service as a Board member of WaterAid Australia where she has been a champion for gender equality.

Rhonda currently continues to serve the sector as partnership broker for the DFAT Business Partnership Platform; strategic facilitator of the International Women’s Development Agency’s We Rise Coalition; Independent Review Panel member for the International Non-Government Organisation Accountability Charter; and Accreditation Reviewer for the DFAT Australian Non-Government Organisation Cooperation Program (ANCP).  

On presenting the award at ACFID’s annual conference in Syndey, ACFID’s President, Susan Pascoe, said:

“Rhonda is a highly regarded and passionate practitioner and thought leader whose achievements in the aid and development sector over the last two decades have been extraordinary.

“Her participatory and innovative approach and the high degree of rigour she applies to all aspects of her work are hallmarks of Rhonda’s outstanding contribution to the sector and are accolades we are delighted to celebrate with this award.”  

Each year ACIFD presents this tribute to an individual or organisation who has shown an outstanding contribution to the Australian aid and development NGO sector over an extended period of time.

Previous recipients of the award have included the Rev John Deane, Executive Director of the Anglican Board of Mission (2016) and former CEO of ADRA Australia, Mark Webster (2017).