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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.


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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 News 5 Media Releases 5 Statement from ACFID on the guilty verdict of Mohammed El Halabi

Statement from ACFID on the guilty verdict of Mohammed El Halabi

Jun 16, 2022 | Media Releases

Last night, a court in Israel found former World Vision program manager Mohammad El Halabi guilty on all but one charge.

ACFID considers the verdict to be a grave miscarriage of justice and supports an appeal being made.

Mr El Halabi was found guilty based on a confession he allegedly signed after suffering duress at the hands of the Israeli state. He has consistently denied the allegations, while imprisoned pre-trial, enduring interrogations over six years and declined to plea bargain accepting guilt.

World Vision commissioned a major global law firm, with the help of a leading global advisory firm, to conduct an independent forensic investigation of the matter. It found no diversion of funds, and no material evidence that Mr El Halabi was a member of or working for Hamas.

A DFAT review also found no evidence that taxpayer money had been misused.

Much of the evidence against him has remained secret, and as such cannot be accepted as legitimate.

ACFID deeply sympathises with World Vision and Mr El Halabi, and believes he is an innocent pawn used as part of a campaign to curtail international assistance to the people of Gaza.

The aid and development sector around the world has stringent accountability mechanisms, specifically to donors like the Australian government.

ACFID has its own Code of Conduct for members, which includes relevant clauses relating to governance. These include Commitment 8.2 which requires members to have robust policies and internal controls in place to mitigate the risk of financial wrongdoing and ensure that funds and resources entrusted to them are properly controlled and managed.

Other standards which apply to the development and humanitarian sector internationally have similar conditions, requiring signatories to manage resources effectively, efficiently and ethically.


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