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The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty. Our vision is of a world where gross inequality within societies and between nations is reversed and extreme poverty is eradicated.

Our vision

  • A world where all people are free from extreme poverty, injustice and inequality
  • A world where the earth’s finite resources are managed sustainably
  • A compassionate Australia acting for a just and sustainable world.

ACFID’s vision will only be realised through the collective efforts of civil society actors, governments, businesses and people concerned for our common humanity.

Our purpose

We lead and unite our members in action for a just, equitable and sustainable world.

Founded in 1965, ACFID has over 130 members working in 90 developing countries and supported by over 1.5 million Australians. With our members and partners, ACFID seeks to be an influential policy voice, a catalyst for change and a standard bearer for good practice in the international development and humanitarian world.

Member organisations bring experience, knowledge and legitimacy that are essential for ACFID’s success. Members shape and help carry forward our agenda. This investment in ACFID brings members many positive returns:

  • Influence – having a stronger political voice and greater potential to shape policy
  • Being part of a network – having relationships for sharing knowledge, learning and jointly tackling the hard challenges
  • Unity – being part of a movement for change to improve people’s lives around the world
  • Quality and Effectiveness – being signatories to the standards of the ACFID Code of Conduct including a public complaints process.

Our strategic goals

ACFID works to ensure:

  • An engaged public: The Australian public is better informed and actively supports Australia’s role in international development and humanitarian action.
  • Australia’s leadership: Australia becomes a global leader for sustainable development and humanitarian action through effective government policies, action and partnerships.
  • Member influence and effectiveness: ACFID members are influential agents of change and leaders in development and humanitarian action.
  • A strong ACFID: ACFID aligns resources to the goals and priorities of its strategic plan and is accountable to members for performance.

Our focus areas

ACFID’s work is focused on driving positive change towards:

  • Sustainable and inclusive development
  • Peace and human security
  • Strong and effective civil society.

How we work

With our members, ACFID seeks to be an influential policy voice, a catalyst for change and a standard bearer for good practice in international development and humanitarian response.

  • We connect and engage members
  • We join with others to influence
  • We are politically non-aligned
  • We lead and convene dialogue on critical issues
  • We promote knowledge and learning
  • We work from an evidence base.

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