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Australian Council for International Development

The Australian Council for International Development is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations working to attain a world where gross inequality and extreme poverty are eradicated. More about ACFID.

Benchmarks for an Effective and Accountable Australian Aid Program

We have identified eight best practice and effective aid benchmarks based on the experience of aid practioners working around the world and drawn from our experience in developing an NGO sector Code of Conduct. We further identify approaches that will build on the existing strengths of the Australian aid program, while also focusing on areas where there is room for improvement. Benchmarks such as these will ensure good development practice and results on the ground, with the end-goal of creating a gold-standard aid program for Australia.

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The Post-2015 Agenda

Driving International Development after the Millennium Development Goals Based on consultation with ACFID member agencies and working groups, this discussion paper intends to assist ACFID members and the Australian Government as they consider their positions within the post-2015 dialogue.

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Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, with sustained wind speeds of up to 315 km/h, made its first landfall in the Philippines in the early hours of Friday 8 November. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013 and one of the worst storms ever recorded. The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development estimates the storm has affected 14.12 million people across nine regions, with wide scale damage to infrastructure and telecommunications .  To learn more about the emergency response, and If you’d like to support ACFID Members, you can find a list of current Member appeals for the Philippines at our humanitarian response page.

Syria Crisis

On 16 December in Geneva, UN partners launched the Global Humanitarian Response 2014, appealing for almost USD $13 billion to support 52 million people in 17 countries with essential, life-saving aid. The conflict in Syria is now approaching its fourth year and the appeal to donors, for US$6.5 billion in funds for Syria itself, represents the biggest amount ever requested for a single humanitarian emergency.  ACFID acknowledges the commitments at the recent Kuwait conference as a welcome start to addressing the unprecedented scale of human suffering caused as a result of this conflict, the likes of which is unequalled in recent history; however, more is still needed. If you’d like to support ACFID Members carrying out their humanitarian work in and around Syria, you can find a list of current Member appeals for Syria at our humanitarian response page.

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Australia's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Civil Society Report Card

In 2013, Australian civil society came together with government to hold the inaugural Annual Civil-Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security. This Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s NAP is the result of that process.

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Find out how your community supports overseas aid

Griffith SnapshotWarringah SnapshotACFID has brought together local data and community stories from just some of our member organisations to create a snapshot of how Australians are supporting overseas aid in every Federal Electorate across the nation.

Over the past 10 years, public support for the not-for-profit aid and development sector has doubled. Australians - everywhere - are showing they care about overseas aid at home, at work, at school, and through church and community groups. Find out how your community supports overseas aid.

ACFID Council: Driving Change Post 2015

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Key speeches, presentations and articles from Council 2013 are now available to download from the Council 2013 webpage.

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