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Do you know someone who is worthy of recognition for contribution to the Australian Aid and Development Sector?

Do you want to celebrate their accomplishments at our National Conference?

ACFID is now seeking nominations for our three ACFID Awards: the ACFID Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award, the ACFID Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award, and the ACFID Media Award.

A highlight of the ACFID National Conference is the presentation of our three major annual ACFID Awards as nominated by our Members and Australia’s media sector. These awards provide an important opportunity to recognise the achievements of those who have made an impact and difference.

Details on the individual awards, nomination and selection process are detailed below.  Nominations for each category close on 15th September 2018 and the award recipients will be invited to accept their award at ACFID’s 2018 National Conference, held on 30-31 October in Sydney.

The Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award.

The Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award is presented to an individual or organisation that:

  • Has made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in the international development sector.
  • Recognises voluntarism and looks for contribution above and beyond paid employment.

In 2017 the Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award was presented to the Referendum Council for their outstanding work in consulting Australians on constitutional reform and for their important Final Report of the Referendum Council, including the Uluru Statement.   

We invite ACFID Members to submit a nomination for the Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award via the 2018 Nomination Awards Form.

The recipient of this Award will be selected by the ACFID Board.  Nominations close 15th September 2018.

Completed forms should be emailed to Karen Mowat at [email protected]  by 15th September 2018. For more information, please contact Karen or Moti on 02 8123 2216.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award

The Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award is presented to an individual or organisation that:

  • Has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian aid and development NGO sector over an extended period of time.
  • Has made a substantial and sustained contribution to the whole sector – more than only within their own agency.
  • Recognises voluntarism and looks for contribution above and beyond paid employment.

In 2017 the Outstanding Contribution to the Award was presented to Mark Webster of ADRA.

We invite ACFID Members to submit a nomination for the Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award via the ACFID 2018 Nomination Awards Form.

The recipient of this Award will be selected by the ACFID Board.  Nominations close 15th September 2018.

Completed forms should be emailed to Karen Mowat at [email protected]  by 15th September 2018. For more information, please contact Karen or Moti on 02 8123 2216.

ACFID Media Award

The annual ACFID Media Award aims to promote and recognise journalists delivering informed and studied media items about international development and/or humanitarian issues.

Nominations may be made for print, radio, TV or online journalists who have demonstrated exceptional understanding of the complexity of international development or humanitarian issues through a single media item or series in the past twelve months (1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018).

The Award will be presented to a journalist or journalistic team that has produced a single piece or series that:

  • Profiles with sensitivity and respect the issues and lives of people experiencing poverty and injustice
  • Shows an understanding of the complexity of humanitarian and/or development issues; and
  • Is judged to have the potential to help expand the knowledge of the Australian public in relation to humanitarian and/or international development issues.

In 2017, foreign editor of Fairfax Media, Michael Bachelard and photojournalist Kate Geraghty were awarded ACFID’s media award for their series of stories which profiled people living under the ravages of Islamic State. 

The following stories were also shortlisted in 2017: 

  • Kirsty Johansen for coverage of the food crisis in Somaliland: Mobile health clinics in Somaliland race to treat children as famine nears· 
  • SBS Dateline team for ‘The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza’ 
  • SBS Dateline team for ‘Daughter of Sierra Leone’ 

We invite journalists and staff at ACFID Member Organisations to submit nominations through the ACFID Media Award Nomination Form. Nominees must currently work in Australian journalism. Please note, media items profiling a single aid and development organisation only will not be considered by the selection panel.

The selection panel will be made up of representatives from the media and NGO sectors.

Completed forms should be emailed to Tim Watkin at [email protected] by Thursday 18th October 2018.