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.
There has been a significant escalation in violence and conflict between Gaza and Israel, and the situation is changing rapidly. Following two weeks of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and rockets being fired from Gaza towards Israel, Israel launched a ground invasion on Gaza on 17 July. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip. Over 250,000 people in Gaza - approximately 10% of the population - are now displaced and damage to health, education, water and sanitation facilities, and electricity infrastructure are making it increasingly difficult to provide basic services for the civilian population. The immediate needs are significant, along with the support needed for the extensive recovery work that will follow.
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.
ACFID Federal Budget 2014-15 Analysis
ACFID has looked carefully at the 2014-15 budget and the impacts for Australian Aid.
Our Federal Budget Night analysis outlines the headlines of the budget and offers a succinct examination of some key areas for our membership including on issues of: budget transparency, NGO and Volunteer funding, aid volume and predictability, funds by geographic region, and more.
Find out how your community supports overseas aid
ACFID 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.