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.
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Two weeks after the 25 April earthquake, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Dolakha District on 12 May and sent powerful aftershocks throughout Nepal. Over 5000 people have died, and more than 11,000 people injured as a result of these earthquakes. The humanitarian needs in Nepal are significant.
A number of ACFID members are responding to the earthquake and we encourage Australians to donate through those agencies. Find a full list of appeals and further information here.
Federal Budget 2015
On May 12, the Federal Treasurer released his second Budget which realised more than $3.7 billion in cuts to the Australian aid program. Almost $1 billion was cut from 2015-16 – representing a 20 percent reduction and the single biggest cut to Australia’s aid budget since the beginning of the aid program.
ACFID’s budget analysis provides a detailed look at where these cuts fell, how they will affect Australia’s aid programming and what we still need to know.
ACFID's 2015-16 Budget Analysis is available here.
Full ACFID 2015-16 Budget Submission is available here.
Second Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
The Second Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was released in April. The report highlights the success of the Australian Government’s actions in advancing the WPS agenda, including during the Australian term on the UN Security Council and at the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. It also points to opportunities for the Australian Government in implementing the National Action Plan in the lead up to the 2015 Interim Review, including in the overarching areas of consistency, focus, monitoring and evaluation and partnership with civil society.
Campaign for Australian Aid
ACFID is proud to support the Campaign for Australian Aid. The campaign is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and the Micah Challenge coalitions. This is a campaign for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.
To sign on to the campaign, and for more information go the campaign website at: http://www.australianaid.org/
The 5th ACFID University Network Conference –Evidence and practice in an age of inequality was a huge a success, with over 300 participants and 32 sessions advancing critical discussions about evidence and inequality. The week also included a special pre-conference student forum – Disrupting Development - focused on student ideas, research and work organised by staff and students of Monash University and WhyDev. These conferences would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, the submissions of papers and organisation of workshops and the leadership of individuals involved in the program committee from across the Network.
Access videos and audio files of the conference plenary presentations.
A wrap up of conference and student forum discussions through social media can also be found here.
ACFID Council October 2014 - Future of NGOs in the Age of Great Disruption
Check out what happened at the conference here - we have provided conference speeches, presentations and more online.
Humanitarian Action for Results
Globally, we are witnessing a rise in the scale, frequency and impact of humanitarian crises on vulnerable people, pushing the international humanitarian system to its limits. Australia plays a vital role in responding to these challenges, both in our immediate region and globally. A new paper developed by ACFID's Humanitarian Reference Group (HRG), involving 14 leading humanitarian Non-Government Organisations (NGO), has been launched today, 8 May. The paper reviews Australia’s humanitarian policy and practice to provide recommendations on ways to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action – now and into the future.
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.