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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

Home 5 Our Focus 5 Inclusive & Locally Led Development

Walk the Talk on Inclusive Development, Locally Led Development, and Racial Justice

Inclusive Development

For the past eight years, Haseena has lived with constant pain and irritation in her eyes from trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

Due to her condition, the 53-year-old mother of two in Pakistan’s Chitral District was left unable to work, relying on her husband’s modest wage as a labourer to support her family.

One day a Lady Health Worker visited Haseena’s village and identified her as an eligible patient for trachoma trichiasis surgery. She advised Haseena and her family to visit a nearby eye camp organised by The Fred Hollows Foundation in Chitral.

Haseena went to the camp and underwent surgery on both of her eyes, saving her sight.

After the surgery, Haseena and her family were overjoyed and expressed thanks to The Fred Hollows Foundation and its donors for providing her relief from the pain she had suffered for eight years. She was overcome with joy that she could now cook for her family again and have sound sleep, free of pain. Photo: The Fred Hollows Foundations Australia.

As a result of COVID-19, the World Bank predicts that for the first time since 1998, global poverty will increase. We are at serious risk of losing the development gains of the last 50 years. The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities as the impacts of the pandemic fall heavily on women and girls, and further disadvantage people with disabilities, children, and other marginalised groups.

As part of our commitment to advancing effective and inclusive development, ACFID has:

  • Developed resources and materials to support our members to work in ways that support equality and inclusion, including through learning events, training, and good practice guidance.
  • Included clear commitments and quality principles to support rights, protection & inclusion, and participation, empowerment & local ownership in the ACFID Code of Conduct.
  • Delivered training to ACFID secretariat staff to support equality and inclusion, including Accessibility Training to ensure our work is accessible to people with disabilities
  • Developed policy briefs on the rights and wellbeing of children, disability-inclusive development and gender equality as part of our Policy Platform for the 2022 Federal Election.
  • Engaged in policy dialogues with members, government and other stakeholders to advance gender equality, disability-inclusive development and rights-based approaches to development.
  • Undertaken advocacy to highlight the importance of a genuinely inclusive aid program, including by calling for increased investment in Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) programming.

Locally Led Development

ACFID firmly believes that development and humanitarian responses are most effective when they are based on genuine, longstanding partnerships, and designed and led by local actors and organisations. The movement towards localisation – reflected in commitments such as the Grand Bargain and the Charter for Change – is important to redress historic and ongoing imbalances in power and resources between local and international actors, including both donors and international aid organisations. Working in a locally led way means giving ownership of development activities and outcomes to local actors who are best placed to understand and respond to the needs of their communities. By its nature, this will look different in each country context, and even within countries or programs. Successful locally led action relies on strong and equal partnerships, quality direct funding, transparency and accountability on the utilisation of aid, and diversity and empowerment in staffing and leadership.

You can read more about ACFID’s commitment to effective and inclusive development in our Strategic Plan and Advocacy Agenda.

You can also read about ACFID Council’s resolution to more equitable and just ways of working, which prioritises local knowledge, expertise, leadership and autonomy.

Read  ACFID’s consolidated response to DFAT’s Discussion Note on Locally Led Development here (December 2023).


Anti-Racism and Racial Justice

ACFID recognises that racism is harmful and has real life impacts – including excluding people of colour from power and decision making – and that meaningfully addressing diversity and inclusion often requires engaging in questions of racism.

ACFID wish to initiate a vital dialogue amongst members about representation, participation, and access to decision-making. We are open to where members may go in the future with dialogue and options to address these critical issues,
but we believe it is not an option to not to discuss these matters.

As part of our commitment to racial justice, ACFID has:



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Racial Justice Resource Library Guide

Developed in October 2022, this guide is was a collaboration between ACFID and the Racial Justice Community of Practice (RJCOP).
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Resolution 1-2022: Decolonisation, Anti-Racism and Locally Led Action

ACFID Council acknowledges the inherent power imbalances and colonial legacy of our sector.
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Decolonisation and Locally Led Development Paper

Support and guidance for ACFID members and their staff to get started on their decolonisation journeys.
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Yielding & Wielding Power Toolkit

Sets out practical options for individuals and organisations to further the decolonisation and locally-led agendas.
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Resolution 1-2020: Race, Diversity and Australian INGOs

ACFID Council recognises that racism is harmful and has real life impacts.
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Disability Policy Brief

Steps out recommendations for the 2022 incoming Government to renew our commitment to disability inclusive development.
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Gender Policy Brief

Steps out recommendations for the 2022 incoming Government to strengthen Australia’s efforts to increase gender equality.
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Gender Audit Toolkit

Structured to help you learn about gender auditing through bite-sized interactive content, templates, resources and references.

Humanitarian Action for Those in Greatest Need

Effective and inclusive Development

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners

Development at the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement

Preventation of Sexual Exploitation and Harrasment