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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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WPS Logo ShortRegister NOW! 2014 Women, Peace and Security: Civil Society Dialogue & Reception

In 2013 civil society organisations came together to structure a response to the first Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (the NAP), launching the first annual Civil Society Report Card in October 2013. In July 2014 the Government launched its first biannual report on the Implementation of the NAP and civil society’s response, in keeping with its 2013 commitments, is to provide feedback on the Report and input into preparations for the next phase of the NAP.

The 2014 Dialogue session will bring together stakeholders for a consultation and workshop. It is divided into panel and discussion sessions and a closing plenary. Discussants are senior representatives of Australia’s Defence and Police forces, the Federal Government and international academics and civil society practitioners.

The 2014 Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Dialogue is co-hosted by the Australian National Committee for UN Women, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the ANU Gender Institute. Both the Australian Civil Military Centre and the Office for Women are supporting this initiative.

Date: Tuesday September 23, 2014
Location: The Great Hall, University House, ANU
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Israel-Gaza Conflict

On 26 August, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire to halt fighting indefinitely. This ended seven weeks of violence and conflict, coming at a significant human, social and economic cost. The scale of recovery needs is immense. A number of ACFID members are working in Gaza, either directly or through partners, to assist with immediate humanitarian needs and rebuilding efforts.

How ACFID members are responding to the conflict

ACFID Media Release: ACFID condemns attacks on civilians in Israel-Gaza conflict and calls for an investigation into possible war crimes.

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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.

Download the paper


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.

Download the paper


ACFID Federal Budget 2014-15 AnalysisBudget image

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.

Click here to access the full analysis.


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.

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Phone: 02 6285 1816

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