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Conference Program 2017-10-24T04:09:45+00:00

Day 1: Wednesday 1st November

Tea and coffee served on arrival

Registration, networking and the exhibition.

Welcome address by outgoing ACFID President, Sam Mostyn

Lily Thapa, Founder of Women for Human Rights, a pioneer organisation working for the rights of widows in Nepal.

Networking and the exhibition

CoP Catch-Up’s 12.35 – 13.10

Small Member CoP – Mayor’s Room

Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security CoP – Zelman Room

RDI Network – The Chamber

CoP Members are to have lunch first in the Foyer, then meet in the according room for the CoP catch-up

To help us further understand the role of civil society and social movement building to affect transformational change, Chair Associate Professor Sarah Maddison from Melbourne University is joined by:

  • Isaac Astill, Campaigner with #StopAdani
  • The Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision
  • Jarrod McKenna, previously from Love Makes a Way
  • Chair of the Climate Action Network Australia Victoria McKenzie McHarg

Break, networking and the exhibition, Foyer

Session 1 – Zelman Room
Engaging Values to Motivate Change – A Common Cause Workshop

Learn how to boost your audience’s support by tapping into deeply held values and frames. Based on decades of peer-reviewed research, Common Cause co-founder Mark Chenery will show you how to use progressive values to motivate popular support for transformation change.

Session 2 – Main Hall
Panel Discussion – Advocacy in the Field: A first-hand experience of aid for Parliamentarians

Can time spent in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, IDP camps in Rakhine State or informal ‘tent cities’ on the Syrian border go some way to making the case for increased aid investment? What happens when our policy makers return from an immersive first-hand experience of aid? Are views shifted and understandings deepened? Hear from those who’ve been and seen Australian Aid at work in a panel discussion with Tim Wilson MP, Peter Khalil MP and Lisa Chesters MP.

As part of the Australian Aid & Parliament Project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and delivered by Save the Children Australia, 27 Australian parliamentarians have been ‘out in the field’ since 2015. In this session we will examine if direct advocacy is working and to what end.

Session 3 – The Chamber
Panel and group work – From Violence to personal transformation and global change – working with men and communities to prevent and understand violence against women.

This session will explore challenges and successes of working with men to end violence against women.  Focussing on work in the Solomon Islands and Australia, the speakers will  provide examples, case studies and evidence – across a range of contexts, for what is and isn’t working in engaging men in preventing violence against women.

Session 4 – The Chandelier Room
Masterclass – Feminists Movement and Social Impact: Transformational Leadership and Widows Movement in Nepal

Theories blended with a storytelling session on the rise of widows’ movement and social impact in Nepal that has been redefining social identity of over 500,000 women and has given a new horizon of hope to the people from grassroots to global level in creating a world where there is no discrimination on the basis of marital status.

Session 5 – Mayor’s Room
Panel and group work – Making connections and building a movement: Women, Peace, and Security in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

This session draws on the experiences and expertise of women leaders and activists engaged in movements or supporting movements working towards women, peace and security (WPS) in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and globally. Through individual storytelling, various approaches to movement building will be brought to life for participants inviting them to consider how the development sector and individual actors could be better supporting the WPS movement. This participatory discussion will be captured in an outcome document to inform the annual civil society dialogue on WPS which will be held in late November 2017.

Closing Day One Keynote “Lightening Talks –  Create – Transformational Organisations for Change, Main Hall  

Lightning Talk 1 – Enabling environments for transformation in Australian organisations – Marc Purcell, ACFID


Lightning Talk 2 – Transformational ways of working towards impact at scale – lessons from Uganda – Gilbert Kamanga, National Director, World Vision, Uganda

Lightning Talk 3 – Collaborative community action creating change for complex social issues – Ms Sandra Robinson, CEO of Together SA


Lightening Talk 4 – The transformational opportunity of Big Data, Katarina Dulanovic, KPMG

Marc Purcell, Chief Executive Officer of ACFID

Drinks, Canapes and networking Reception, Foyer – Sponsored by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.


Gold Sponsor Presentation: The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.

Address: Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale


Introduction by ACFID President of Guest Speaker – Megan Davis, Referendum Council and Pro Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Indigenous.

Presentation of the Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award, the Contribution to the Sector Award  and the ACFID Media Award followed by a night of fun dancing with Melbourne cover band The Megahurtz.

Note: This event is only for participants who have pre-registered and pre-paid.

Day 2: Thursday 2nd November

Prayer Breakfast hosted by ACFID Faith Based agencies
$35.00 p.p Pre-registration required.

The breakfast will include a short time of reflection and prayer followed by a presentation by Dr Debora Murthy who will be speaking about the unique role of faith and faith-based agencies in the work of pursuing justice and development.  Dr Murthy is a physician who has worked in community development in Indonesia for 20 years. She used to be the deputy-head of the Maha Bhoga Marga (MBM) Foundation, the development/advocacy arm of the Protestant Church in Bali, and is now seconded to UnitingWorld as regional co-ordinator. She is well connected and respected in both government and NGO sector in Bali/Indonesia, and has unique insights in working as a faith-based development worker in a strongly multi-faith society.

Payment is required, either pre-registration or $18 at the door, BYO yoga mat or towel. Places limited. Pre-registered and first in are allocated priority.

Tea and coffee served on arrival.

Power, politics, and the technological world – examining the factors that can enable organisations to become transformative in strategy, programs and policies.

Chair – Associate Professor Chris Roche, Institute of Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University

  • Steve McDonald, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership
  • Claire Rogers, World Vision
  • Liz Skelton, Collaboration for Impact
  • Alan Robbins, Partner and Global Head of Partnerships, DEVEX
  • Lynffer Masiala Wini-Maltungtung, Family Support Centre, Solomon Islands.

Break, networking and the exhibition

Session 1 – The Chamber
Thinking differently- Transforming the Way we Fund and Deliver Development Outcomes? 

During this session, ACFID members will showcase innovative business models, partnerships and approaches to development. Find out more about working with corporate partners in the garment factory sector, partnering in the tech start up industry, delivering an NGO consortia program at scale and establishing a business for purpose with Australia’s leaders in financial services. Ending with a Q&A, the session will give you an opportunity to explore new ways of delivering development outcomes and find out how you can apply these models to your own organisation.

Session 2 – Mayor’s Room
Panel and group work – The Future of Us

The world is changing and with it the roles of Australia’s aid NGOs. This workshop will focus on some of the findings of the first ever ‘ACFID State of the Sector Report’, a comprehensive study of the state of the Australian aid and development NGO sector. Drawing on numerous data sources, this will be your chance to delve deeper into some of the initial findings and engage in discussions about where we want to be, based on where we are now.

Session 3 – Zelman Room
Workshop – Identifying and Responding to ‘Intersecting Drivers of Marginalisation and Inequality’ – How can ACFID Members and their partners refine their work to meet ACFID’s revised Code of Conduct?

We have long known that working on issues in isolation reduces the potential for transformative change. ACFID’s recently revised Code of Conduct makes this clear, by putting the focus on the need for ACFID members and their partners to identify, and respond to, ‘intersecting drivers of marginalisation and exclusion’.  … including [but] not restricted to race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class and socio-economic status’ (ACFID Code of Conduct, 2017). This session will provide a panel discussion followed by group work to debate and identify the challenges, and opportunities, represented by the revised Code.

Session 4 – The Main Hall
Masterclass – Monday Morning at the Office – Practical Strategies for Building Real Partnerships

Do you struggle with adapting your professional practice to build genuine, rather than rhetorical, partnerships? Are you concerned that the contracting, design, planning, M&E and communications processes within your organisation get in the way of building genuine partnerships? This Masterclass will provide an opportunity to work with a group of accredited partnership broker facilitators, and peer groups, on designing every day management processes to support partnership building.

Networking and the exhibition

Noelene NabulivouDiverse Voices and Action for Equality speaking on leadership and the links between gender equality and women’s rights, human rights, climate justice, environmental justice and sustainable development.

Session 1 – The Main Hall
Panel and Workshop – Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Women’s Leadership from the Grassroots

Hear from an engaging panel of female leaders with disability from our region share their initiatives to support more people with disabilities take up leadership opportunities. Explore with the panel and DFAT and CBM Australia representatives the intersections between development programming and barriers for people with disability to reach a diversity of leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally. Discuss new strategies to support people with disabilities to reach leadership roles through inclusive development and mainstream programming.

Session 2 – The Chandelier Room
Panel Discussion – Unpacking the ‘black box’ of politics and developmental leadership

How often have you heard someone say ‘if only there was the political will’ or ‘we just need good leadership to get this done’? But what do these vague appeals actually mean? What happens when you open up the Pandora’s box of politics and leadership?

This session will explore the results of a synthesis of 10 years of research undertaken by the Developmental Leadership Program, which has been exploring these questions. And, in addition to hearing full, frank and fearless feedback on the findings from Sarah Boddington from DFAT and Noelene Nabulivou from DIVA, you will get to play ‘synthesis bingo’!

Session 3 – The Zelman Room
Panel and Group Work – Transformational Leadership for Localised Humanitarian Action

Localisation emerged as a process to better involve and devolve power to local stakeholders in humanitarian response. Recently, the localisation agenda has felt captured in conceptual debates about what constitutes ‘local’ and what ‘as directly as possible’ means. However, localisation can also be understood as our own commitment to lead change in our roles as managers of people and operational responses. How can we support our staff to learn and develop in complex contexts and trial new ways of working that increasingly prioritise ‘the local’, even in the heat of a humanitarian response?

This session will examine the localisation agenda not as an abstract set of systems and structures to be negotiated and overhauled in Geneva or New York, but through consideration of how we all, as humanitarian and development practitioners based in Australia can support local leadership and ownership of disaster response, now.

Session 4 – The Mayor’s Room
Case Studies and Panel – Collective Leadership for sustainable development: Looking beyond the ‘I’ in eye health

This interactive panel discussion co-hosted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and Vision 2020 Australia will contribute to the conference theme ‘Lead’, by exploring the concept of ‘collective leadership’ and the importance of collaboration to drive transformational change in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  The session will begin with a back drop of case studies illustrating how eye health interventions have helped improve gender, disability, and educational outcomes at country level. The panel discussion and the question and answer (Q&A) session will then expand the conversation beyond eye health and engage conference participants on the need to think critically about leadership and foster an open dialogue around collective leadership where the power of many is essential to achieve transformational change for sustainable development.

Session 5 – The Chamber
Workshop – Leadership Across Sectors: Could We Ditch the NGO Perspective for a Sec?

Motivations and incentives are not homogenous for those acting within the trying-to-do-good-stuff system. We need leadership that recognises this diversity if we are going to make our value set matter. We’ve pulled together folks doing research in Pacific grassroots leadership, leading in the private sector and with fresh eyes on the need for a more diversified advocacy community. They’ll spark a discussion that will change how you understand the Australian development system and together we’ll generate some new ideas for collaboration and chipping away at these systems challenges. We’ll also throw in a crash course in Kumu (a trendy, free systems mapping tool that will be sure to impress your work colleagues and help you solve wicked problems).


Break, move to closing plenary

Women in Leadership – High level panel discussion chaired by Ms Sam Mostyn, joined by

  • Noelene Nabulivou
  • DFAT Secretary Frances Adamson
  • Caitlin Figueiro, Lake Nite Learning CEO
  • Cathy Nasarua, Fiji Association of the Deaf