A key element of Australia’s strategy to effectively engage with civil society is its partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). ACFID is the peak body for Australian international development non-government organisations (NGOs). DFAT’s partnership with ACFID is formalised in a Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (2013-16).
The Partnership is focused on two objectives: to enhance policy dialogue and consultation on development effectiveness with the Australian NGO sector; and to increase the development effectiveness of the sector through capacity development and standard setting.
Working through a strong and independent peak body
Support provided to ACFID by successive Australian Governments over several decades reflects the importance of engaging effectively with key domestic stakeholders in the Australian aid program.
The DFAT-ACFID partnership enables us to draw on the knowledge, skills and strengths of ACFID and its members to enhance the design and implementation of Australian aid policies and programs. A productive working relationship with ACFID:
- provides the Australian Government with access to the coordinated views of Australian NGOs
- reduces the time and transaction costs of domestic policy dialogue on Australian aid
- supports the Australian aid and development NGO sector to be strong, professional and accountable, which is integral to promoting aid effectiveness.
We will work in partnership with ACFID to:
- improve effectiveness and impact—linking funding to greater effectiveness, capacity and relevance to Australia’s aid objectives
- strengthen sustainability—by building capacity in service delivery, improving governance and accountability, and strengthening local systems
- reduce risks and share accountability—using comprehensive risk management approaches, such as enhancement of child protection and fraud reduction measures
- improve efficiency and value for money—ensure activities are efficient and resource appropriate
- increase diversity and innovation—promoting innovative responses to development challenges, and drawing on diverse skills and experiences.