Strong & Effective Civil Society

ACFID is focused on building a strong and effective civil society, both in Australia and in developing countries.

Civil society includes non-governmental organisations, community groups, faith-based organisations, trade unions and informal groups. Civil society organisations play a vital role in reducing poverty and injustice. A strong and effective civil society is a development outcome in its own right.

ACFID Members have been working in partnership with civil society organisations in developing countries for decades, supporting their work to overcome poverty and injustice.

ACFID is also a member of CIVICUS, an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world.  

ACFID’s work for a strong and effective civil society focuses on:

  • Defending the right of civil society to exist, deliver services, empower citizens and hold government and other development actors to account in developing countries.
  • Creating an enabling regulatory, policy and funding environment for civil society in general and for Australian development and humanitarian NGOs in particular.
  • Increasing public awareness of, support for and engagement with ACFID member agencies.
  • Enabling our members to meet or exceed the standards of the ACFID Code of Conduct.
  • Strengthening our members’ organizational performance, development practice, influence and impact.