Date and time Title Blurb Lead and participating organisation/s




Day 1


When disability rights movements lead: rethinking approaches to sustainable development Are you harnessing the innovation and unique perspectives the disability movement brings to the decision-making table on rights, humanitarian action and development?

Challenge the status quo and explore how disability movements are providing mechanisms for those most affected by poverty and marginalisation to be at the centre of creating change within their communities, countries and globally.

Australian Disability + Development Consortium (ADDC)

Disability Rights Fund (DRF)

Pacific Disability Forum (PDF)

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA)

Not-for-profits (NFPs) and managing contractors (MCs): can they work together for greater impact? In a global environment that is witnessing the rise of masculine authoritarianism and divisive identity politics, climate change, income inequality, and reduced civic society space and aid spending (governments and public), how can the Australian government, NGOs and Managing Contractors work together to leverage their considerable experience, networks and expertise for greater development advocacy and to improve each other’s practice?

Australian Volunteers International (AVI)

International Development Contractors Community (IDCC)

Whitelum Group

Getting smarter about cross-border payments INTL FCStone works with more than 700 aid and development organisations worldwide; join them for this session to bust some common misconceptions about cross-border payments. Learn about identifying hidden costs, differences between types of payments, and the behind-the-scenes transfer process.

Recommended for delegates working in finance or business operations roles charged with getting the most value for money.








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Day 2

Morning (cont.)

Impact investing for development: panacea, pitfalls and practical insights

Accessing the private investing market could unlock billions of dollars of capital and expertise into achieving better development outcomes.

Delegates attending this session will gain first-hand insight into moving beyond traditional models of aid financing, explore the business models that are needed to attract private investment, and discuss what might be needed to drive real change.

The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australian Red Cross (ARC)

Global Health Alliance Australia (GLHAM)

Bridging worlds: the challenges and benefits of using for-purpose businesses as funding engines for Adara’s INGO

Adara has two very different parts with one united purpose – serving communities in extreme poverty. We’ll outline our journey building a respected INGO in parallel with two corporate advisory businesses that financially secure the organisation.

Hear how our unusual model came to be, and how it impacts our work with remote communities in huge need.

Adara Group
Bursting the bubble: solving complex development problems with partners

International development is full of change makers and action takers. But it’s important to take the time to create robust ecosystems of partners to support programs, to avoid community reliance and to create lasting impact.

How do we burst the inward-looking bubble and create impactful partnerships with a commercial lens?

Business for Development
Using embodied and cognitive approaches to foster resilient development

How can we encourage others to think and act in more resilient ways? This fun and interactive workshop provides a ‘taster’ on how to apply embodied and cognitive learning approaches to support resilient development thinking and practice.

This is not your usual workshop.

Oxfam Australia

Oxfam Bangladesh

The HOW matters: catalysing change from the ground up This session provides a practical introduction to Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) as an essential enabler of inclusive development. A panel of development actors and activists with disabilities from across the region will share their experiences and perspectives to highlight lessons learned and promising practices; reflecting on the themes of shifting power, strengthening civil society, embracing human diversity and effective cross-sectoral partnerships.

CBM Australia

Philippine Coordinating Centre for Inclusive Development

Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) Asia/Pacific

Challenging power: feminist practice beyond aid

From the Pacific Step-Up, to the localisation agenda, to preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, power lies at the heart of all the biggest challenges facing our sector.

This session explores the ways that NGOs are using feminist approaches to disrupt power in foreign affairs, international development, and within our own organisations.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)

Plan International Australia

CARE Australia




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Afternoon (cont.)

Protecting civilians: sustaining peace and development This session explores crucial links between conflict and poverty, peace and prosperity. Panelists will discuss 20 years protecting civilians, and how to ensure that the “vigorous, comprehensive and sustained action” called for by Llyod Axworthy in 1999 continues to be relevant and front of mind into the future.

Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC)

Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG)

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Beyond Shelter recovery to building capacity for self-recovery and resilience An estimated 90% of affected populations rebuild their housing without formal humanitarian assistance after a disaster. This session explores some strategies that have been effective at self-recovery for strengthening community resilience and sustainable development.

ACFID Urban Community of Practice, featuring:

  • RMIT University
  • The University of Sydney
  • Habitat for Humanity Fiji
  • UNSW
Research for All: guidance and tools for conducting disability inclusive research

This session presents a resource providing user-friendly guidance and practical tools. The session works through some of the guidance and tools, as well as providing a sneak peek prior to the final resource being released in late 2019.

‘Research for All’ has been developed by CBM Australia, the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Pacific Disability Forum, with support from DFAT and the RDI Network.

RDI Network

CBM Australia

Nossal Institute for Global Health

Pacific Disability Forum (PDF)

That youth session: making way for young people’s leadership

Our world is at a pivotal crossroads. Young people have a unique stake in the uncertainty of our futures and are worth more than an overused brunch menu joke and our social media savviness.

This roundtable session explores the importance of genuine youth leadership in enacting sustainable systemic change, and how the sector establishment can make way for better supporting youth-led grassroots movements. Bonus: this session features actual real-life young people!

Oaktree Australia

Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) at La Trobe University

Joining forces to end violence against children (EVAC) in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

Child-centered development is often thought to be a highly contested and ‘siloed’ space, with child-focused agencies competing against one another in the pursuit of public and private funding.

In this workshop, representatives from Australia EVAC Coalition member organisations discuss the value of taking a collaborative rather than competitive approach to promote sustainable development cooperation.

Ending Violence Against Children Coalition, featuring:

  • Save the Children Australia
  • Plan International Australia
  • ChildFund Australia
Confronting our own power: leadership and institutional change in INGOs

At this year’s RDI Conference Srilatha Batliwala noted that championing sustainable development requires ‘development agencies to confront and dismantle the deep structures of power within our own organisations…’.

This session explores this question with NGO leaders and researchers exploring NGOs’ attempts to promote institutional change.

Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) at La Trobe University

CARE Australia

Australian Red Cross (ARC)

Oxfam New Zealand