Pawa Liklik NGO Forum is targeted at strengthening the role and resilience of small to medium sized Australian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) working in overseas aid and international development and will provide a platform to learn and share knowledge and expertise.

Development by KTF and proudly supported by ACFID, registrations and further information can be found here.

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The ACFID Innovation Community of Practice invites ACFID members to attend our Innovation Learning Lab.

This exciting side event to the ACFID National Conference 2019 features skill building in visual communication, networking with innovation actors from across the sector, and consultation and co-design on the next iteration of ACFID’s Innovation Guide. The event will be facilitated by Simon Banks, an artist, author and sought after speaker. Visit Simon’s website to learn more about Simon and his work.

Registration is a must! Visit the event webpage to find out more and book your spot.

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Join the RDI Network and the UNSW Institute for Global Development for an evening of cross-sector networking on 22 October, as we gear up for Conference. Enjoy drinks and nibbles with peer researchers and practitioners from across the international development sector, building your networks and exploring potential collaborations. The event is free to attend and open to ACFID Conference delegates, as well as members of the RDI Network and the broader international development community.

Register here

The Roundhouse, UNSW – Drinks & nibbles on arrival

Day 1: Wednesday 23rd October 2019

The Roundhouse Foyer – Tea and Coffee served on arrival

Welcome to Country delivered by Aunty Lola Ryan.

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Don’t miss this exciting keynote from the former Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga MP, one of the Pacific’s leading climate champions that has put Tuvalu at the forefront of the international climate change movement, bringing international attention to the Blue Pacific and the imminent threats posed by climate change.

Plenary – The Roundhouse NSW

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Exhibition Space

The purpose of this session is for delegates to meaningfully engage with and understand issues such as climate change, global political shifts, bilateral relations and sovereignty from the lived experience of regional leaders. This plenary will set the tone for conference by positioning the urgency of their concerns for the region forefront in delegates minds. Further opportunity will follow in the afternoon, where leaders will participate in Talanoa Circles – allowing for a more intimate discussion.

Moderator: Catherine Graue ABC Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat

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Served in the Exhibition Hall

Geopolitical optics are at risk of blurring Australia’s focus on neighbours’ wellbeing. It’s time to reconsider the purpose and intent of ‘aid’ and consider a wider Australian development cooperation program which is elevated to work on equal footing with defence and diplomacy drivers of Australian foreign policy.

Chair: Bridi Rice, Director Policy and Advocacy, ACFID and panelists:

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Engage in deeper discussions in one of the following, exciting concurrent sessions:

  • When disability rights movements lead: rethinking approaches to sustainable development
  • Not-for-profits (NFPs) and managing contractors (MCs): can they work together for greater impact?
  • Getting smarter about cross-border payments
  • That youth session: making way for young people’s leadership
  • Talanoa 1: Pacific Leaders
  • Talanoa 2: Development Cooperation

Detailed concurrent session info here

Hear more about the current data trends and what it tells us for the future of the sector.

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Join us as we close day one with a message of hope from Director of the documentary, 2040, Damon Gameau.

2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW! Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

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Registrations for ACFID Council AGM

Make your voice heard at the ACFID Council Annual General Meeting.

A Celebration of Civil Society!

Attendees to the Dinner event will enjoy a Pacific themed evening and sustainably sourced, local food.

Hosted with the Timorese Ambassador Abel Guterres,  join us as we remember Timor Leste’s journey to independence and reflect on the lessons still relevant today. FONGTIL Board member Elisabeth Linu de Araujo will deliver the keynote.

Celebrate the hard work and achievements of your peers and colleagues with the presentation of the ACFID Annual Awards for 2019.

Musician: Bobby Alu

Day 2: Thursday 24th October, 2019

Everyone is invited to attend the annual ACFID prayer breakfast, which is hosted by a group of the ACFID faith-based agencies.  The breakfast will include a short time of reflection and prayer followed by a presentation by Rev James Bhagwan. Rev Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji.  His areas of advocacy are climate justice – with particular emphasis on the ocean – gender equality, self-determination ecumenism, and interreligious dialogue.  We will also be launching two significant resources for ACFID agencies which are pieces of work from Pacific Island theologians (funded/co-ordinated by UnitingWorld) focused on (i) a theology of child protection and (ii) a theology of disaster resilience. Registrations are available through the standard ACFID Conference registration portal.

24 October, 7-8.30am

Register here to attend this free event.

 Climate impacts are crashing into development gains in the same way that Cyclone Pam crashed into Vanuatu: destroying lives, homes, businesses, crops and causing damage worth more than 60% of the annual GDP. It is now impossible to plan for development without addressing the impacts of climate change, and foresight requires tackling the causes. Nowhere is this more obvious than the Pacific, facing rising sea levels, and increasingly severe droughts and storms. This breakfast will consider how we can most effectively address climate and development together, and how we can stand with the Pacific in demanding more action on climate from the Australian Government. Speakers will include Lyn Morgain, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia, as well as Julie-Anne Richards, Executive Director of the Climate Action Network Australia, who has recently returned from Europe where she was working with a range of organisations including Oxfam Great Britain, Practical Action, CARE, Christian Aid, and others on climate impacts. A full speaker list to be announced shortly.


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Tea and Coffee will be served

5 to 6 fast paced TED-styled talks showcasing innovative ideas, organisational structures, marketing approaches, stories of change, funding mechanisms, creative partnerships and programming approaches capable of taking NGOs into the complex future of development cooperation. 

Ignite Session 1: Matt Anderson CEO Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, Co-founder Social Capital and Wheelhouse Impact Incubator.

Ignite Session 2: AIME Mentoring – CEO Jack Manning Bancroft.

Ignite Session 3: Makkiya Jawed from Pakistan via video on Sehat Kahani.

Ignite Session 4: WWF – CEO Dermot O’Gorman

Ignite Session 5: Co-Founder EarthTech, Ant Moorhouse

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Engage in deeper discussions in one of the following, exciting concurrent sessions:

  • Impact investing for development: panacea, pitfalls and practical insights (PLEASE NOTE: Session organisers would like delegates to register for this concurrent – Please click though to the detailed concurrent session information to register)
  • Bridging worlds: the challenges and benefits of using for-purpose businesses as funding engines for Adara’s INGO
  • Bursting the bubble: solving complex development problems with partners
  • Using embodied and cognitive approaches to foster resilient development
  • The HOW matters: catalysing change from the ground up
  • Challenging power: feminist practice beyond aid
  • Shaping the direction for ACFID

Detailed concurrent session info here. 

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Chair: Josie Pagani, Director CID and panellists:

  • Dr Aqueel Khan, Association for Stimulating Know-How, India
  • Davaajargal Batdorj, Director of programs and cooperation, Mongolian Red Cross
  • Teela Reid. Wiradjuri & Wailwan, Lawyer and Advocate
  • The Peoples Choice panellist – Will it be you??? Find out more here.

Short afternoon break and move to final concurrent sessions

Engage in deeper discussions in one of the following, exciting concurrent sessions:

  • Talanoa 3: Civil Society
  • Protecting civilians: sustaining peace and development
  • Beyond shelter recovery to building capacity for self-recovery and resilience
  • Research for All: guidance and tools for conducting disability inclusive research
  • Joining forces to end violence against children (EVAC) in the Pacific and Timor-Leste
  • Confronting our own power: leadership and institutional change in INGOs

Detailed concurrent session info here. 

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