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Conference Program 2017-10-17T05:32:19+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
Join Mark Chenery from Common Cause Australia. This workshop is for those new to values and frames-based community engagement. We explore how values and frames work, why they matter, and what a values-based approach to community engagement means for individuals, organisations and movements seeking to create a more just, sustainable and democratic world.Places are limited to the first 50.

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

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.
International Women’s Development Agency

Session 4 – The Chandelier Room
Masterclass – Feminists Movement and Social Impact: Transformational Leadership and Widows Movement in Nepal
University of Technology, Sydney.

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
Diaspora Action Australia, IWDA and ActionAid Australia

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? 

Marie Stopes Australia, ACFID Education CoP, Oxfam Australia, Adara Group

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

Drawing on ACFID’s first state of the sector report, this session will also look at the Ahead of the Curve Agenda for 2030 and discuss 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?

Session 4 – The Main Hall
Masterclass – Monday Morning at the Office – Practical Strategies for Building Real Partnerships
La Trobe Institute of Human Security and Social Change

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
Australian Disability and Development Consortium, CBM Australia

Session 2 – The Chandelier Room
Panel Discussion – Unpacking the ‘black box’ of politics and developmental leadership
Institute of Human Security, La Trobe University

Session 3 – The Zelman Room
Panel and Group Work – Transformational Leadership for Localised Humanitarian Action
World Vision Australia, Australian Red Cross, Care Australia

Session 4 – The Mayor’s Room
Case Studies and Panel – Collective Leadership for sustainable development: Looking beyond the ‘I’ in eye health
Vision 2020 Australia, The Brien Holden Vision Institute, The Fred Hollows Foundation, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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

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