We are now finalizing the selected sessions! We look forward to announcing the ACFID Member-Led Concurrent Sessions for 2019 in late September.



Is there a theme, issue or bold idea you would like ACFID and its stakeholders to learn about, discuss and debate at this year’s ACFID National Conference? ACFID is providing an opportunity for organisations to host a concurrent session that links with our conference theme 

Detailed information on the theme can be found here.

Topics for concurrent sessions can be drawn from the overarching theme or from suggestions below:

Geopolitical dynamics, emerging donors, graduation, multilateralism, financing development, social capital and innovation, creative engagement with the private sector and businesses, effective cross sector partnerships, organisational adaptation, resilience, shifting power, bridging the humanitarian-development divide, delivering the localisation agenda, promoting intersectionality, strengthening civil society, using innovation to tackle enduring threats such as climate change.

What are we looking for?

As part of the two-day conference program, there will be time allocated for concurrent sessions that:

  • Contribute to advancing the overall theme of ACFID Conference 2019;
  • Demonstrate collaboration within and/or beyond the sector; and
  • Engage delegates with practitioner-focussed content and audience interaction.

Priority will be given to EOIs for sessions that are designed for audience participation, actionable takeaways and practice-based insights and content. EOIs for panel-based sessions and case study presentations will still be accepted and considered for selection, however workshops, and roundtables and other interactive formats will be prioritised during the selection process.

To get started with your EOI, read the following guidelines for concurrent sessions.

General guidelines

For all concurrent session types, the following guidelines apply.

Session length  60 – 90 minutes each 

Timing allocations will vary, and ACFID will match session types to the appropriate time allocation (for example, workshops will be matched to 90-minute allocations). 

Format  Workshop, roundtable discussion, learning lab, case study presentation, panel discussion, other (be creative and propose something new and innovative!) 

Guidelines for the different format types are provided here – ensure you read these before submitting your EOI. 

Selection criteria  Required:  

  • Sessions must contribute to advancing the overall theme of ACFID Conference 2019. 

Highly regarded:  

  • EOIs for sessions that demonstrate collaboration within and/or beyond the sector; 
  • EOIs for sessions designed to engage delegates with practitioner-focussed content and audience interaction; and 
  • EOIs for sessions that engage local partners and southern speakers. 
If selected, what’s required?  If your EOI is selected you will work with ACFID to prepare your concurrent session, including: 

  • Providing summary information on your concurrent session, including a clear articulation of the purpose, objectives and outcomes of the session; 
  • Confirming the participation of all speakers/presenters; 
  • Briefing your speakers on the Conference theme, your session format and their role and responsibilities as speakers; and 
  • Liaising with ACFID to confirm alignment with ACFID’s requirements, to organise session logistics and to achieve delivery of stated session objectives and outcomes. 
ACFID support  If your EOI is accepted, ACFID provides: 

  • A central point-of-contact for ensuring alignment with ACFID’s requirements, for organising session logistics and support in achieving delivery of stated session objectives and outcomes; 
  • Venue, audio-visual and other event support as required and agreed; 
  • Promotion via the Conference program, website and app, and ACFID social media channels; and 
  • Waiving of conference registration fees for: 
  • Up to 4 two-day passes for session speakers; 
  • Discounted one-day passes for any additional speakers; and 
  • 1 two-day pass for the lead/coordinating organisation. 

Access to complimentary Conference passes is dependent on confirming session speakers/presenters. Complimentary and discounted Conference passes are non-transferrable. 

Submission process  To submit your EOI: 

  1. Read the guidelines for your chosen format; 
  1. Complete the application form, ensuring all sections are answered; 
  1. Edit your application form so that is no longer than 3 pages. 
  1. Send the application form to Jess Smith via [email protected] by COB Monday 1 July. 
Key dates  Mon. 20 May:Call for EOIs 

COB Mon. 1 July:Due date for EOI submissions 

NLT Mon. 29 July:Notification of acceptance 

NLT Tues. 27 August:Confirm session details for program 

NLT Tues. 10 Sept.:Confirm all session speakers 

23 and 24 October:ACFID National Conference 2019 

ACFID contact  For questions or more information contact Jess Smith, Learning and Innovation Lead, via [email protected] or 02 8123 2229. 


Making your pitch:

  1. Read the general guidelines and the guidelines for your chosen format.
  2. Complete the application form, ensuring all sections are answered.
  3. Edit your application form so that it is no longer than 3 pages.
  4. Email the application form to Jess Smith via [email protected] by COB Monday 1 July.