Are you a confident speaker with something to say on the state of civil society? This opportunity may be just for you! This year, one voice from the conference delegation will join the final panel of ACFID Conference 2019.


At the heart of sustainable development is local leadership and local ownership. In this closing panel, panelists will be invited to consider critical questions for the future of civil society – such as how international development NGOs can purposefully and meaningfully ensure that the people they wish to serve are placed at the centre of their work, and how to move this conversation from rhetoric into action. What legacies must be overcome by foreign policy and development actors if we are to get behind localisation and create a radically different looking picture for development assistance in the future? The first half of this panel will consider the challenges and the second half will discuss the way forward.

Moderator: Josie Pagani (CID NZ) and panellists:

•                     Dr Aqueel Khan, Association for Stimulating Know-How, India

•                     Davaajargal Batdorj, Director of programs and cooperation, Mongolian Red Cross

•                     Teela Reid. Wiradjuri and Wailwan, Lawyer and Advocate

•                     The People’s Choice Panellist

Applications are open to all  registered delegates By answering two short questions, you may be shortlisted for the  People’s Choice Panellist. Delegates will be given the final decision during Day 1 of conference, selecting the person they want to see on stage! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to have your voice heard at ACFID National Conference 2019.

Please use this link to submit your Expression of InterestNLT COB SUNDAY 20th October