Concurrent sessions at ACFID Conference 2019

Day 1, afternoon

1. Pacific Leaders Talanoa

Join Emeline Siale Ilolahia and Reverend James Bhagwan for a more intimate session where delegates can explore topics raised in the plenary keynote session or engage on any issue of importance to them or their organisations.

2. Development Cooperation Talanoa

Join Anthea Mulakala and Melissa Conley-Tyler for a more intimate session where delegates can explore topics raised in the plenary keynote session or engage on any issue of importance to them or their organisations.

3. When disability rights movements lead: rethinking approaches to sustainable development (PANEL)

This session asks: 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.

Coordinated by the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) and featuring speakers from Disability Rights Fund (DRF) / Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), and People with Disabilities Australia (PWDA).

4. Not-for-profits and managing contractors: can they work together for greater impact? (PANEL)

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?

Coordinated by the International Development Contractors Community (IDCC) and AVI and featuring speakers from AVI, Whitelum Group and IDCC.

5. 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.

Coordinated by INTL FCStone.

6. That youth session: making way for young people’s leadership (ROUNDTABLE)

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!

Coordinated by Oaktree and featuring speakers from the Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) at La Trobe University, Philippines ‘Sirib Express’ Youth Participatory Democracy, Digicel Foundation PNG and a Timor-Leste youth empowerment advocate.

Day 2, morning

7. Impact investing for development: panacea, pitfalls and practical insights (ROUNDTABLES)

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.

Coordinated by The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Australian Red Cross and Global Health Alliance Australia (GHLAM) and featuring speakers from The Fred Hollows Foundation, GLHAM, DFAT and the George Institute for Global Health.

PLEASE NOTE: Session organisers would like delegates to register for this concurrent. Please do so here.

8. Bridging worlds: the challenges and benefits of utilising for-purpose businesses as funding engines for Adara’s INGO (CASE STUDIES)

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.

Coordinated by Adara Group and featuring speakers from Adara and Coca-Cola Amatil.

9. Bursting the bubble: solving complex development problems with partners (LEARNING LAB)

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?

Coordinated by Business for Development (B4D) and featuring speakers from B4D and the private sector.

10. Using embodied and cognitive approaches to foster resilient development (WORKSHOP)

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.

Coordinated by Oxfam Australia and featuring speakers from Oxfam Australia and Oxfam in Bangladesh.

11. The HOW matters: catalysing change from the ground up (PANEL)

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.

Coordinated by CBM Australia and featuring speakers from PDF, Philippine Coordinating Centre for Inclusive Development (PCCID), Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) Asia/Pacific and CBM Australia.

12. Challenging power: feminist practice beyond aid (PANEL)

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.

Coordinated by IWDA and featuring speakers from Plan International Australia, CARE Australia and IWDA.

13. Shaping the direction for ACFID

This session will engage with some of the big trends shaping development, humanitarian action, civil society and INGOs and ask critical questions about the role of the sector in Australia and ACFID in responding to those trends. How will climate change impact impact our development and humanitarian work? What does the rebalancing of power in the region mean for our relationship in the Pacific? What are the implications of the challenging fundraising market for INGOs? What is the place of INGOs in a digitally engaged civil society? Led by the Social Economy Group, the session will be highly interactive and give you an opportunity to have your say on the future direction of ACFID in responding to these challenging issues over the coming decade.

Day 2, afternoon

14. Civil Society Talanoa

Join Dr Khan and Davaa Batdorj for a more intimate session where delegates can explore topics raised in the plenary session or engage on any issue of importance to them or their organisations.

15. Protecting civilians: sustaining peace and development (PANEL)

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

Coordinated by the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) and featuring speakers from RMIT University, University of Queensland, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and HAG.

16. Beyond shelter recovery to building capacity for self-recovery and resilience (ROUNDTABLE)

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.

Coordinated by the ACFID Urban CoP and featuring speakers from RMIT University, University of Sydney and Habitat for Humanity Fiji.

17. Research for All: guidance and tools for conducting disability inclusive research (CASE STUDIES)

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.

Coordinated by CBM Australia and RDI Network and speakers from Pacific Disability Forum, Nossal Institute for Global Health at Melbourne University, CBM Australia and RDI Network.

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

Child-centred 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.

Coordinated by the Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Coalition and featuring speakers from Save the Children Australia, Plan International Australia, ChildFund Australia and Pacific Uniting World.

19. Confronting our own power: leadership and institutional change in INGOs (ROUNDTABLES)

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.

Coordinated by the Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) at La Trobe University and featuring speakers from Australian Red Cross, Oxfam New Zealand and IHSSC.