Australian Council for International Development
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty. Our vision is of a world where gross inequality within societies and between nations is reversed and extreme poverty is eradicated.
ACFID’s purpose is to provide leadership to the not-for-profit aid and development sector in Australia in achieving this vision and to fairly represent and promote the collective views and interests of our membership. Founded in 1965, ACFID currently has 149 members and 13 affiliate members operating in more than 100 developing countries. ACFID’s members range between large Australian multi-sectoral organisations
that are linked to international federations of NGOs, to agencies with specialised thematic expertise, and smaller community based groups, with a mix of secular and faith based organisations. ACFID also hosts a university network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators working in international development.
ACFID maintains a Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code ofgood practice that aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations. Covering over 50 principles and 150 obligations, the Code sets good standards for program effectiveness, fundraising, governance and financial reporting. Compliance includes annual reporting and checks. The Code has an independent complaints handling process.
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