Justice aid update and lessons from latest evaluations of donor programming
Despite the growing global movement on people-centred justice approaches, latest aid figures confirm that justice is a low priority for donors, accounting for just 1.4% of their aid. This paper makes the case for donors to change both what they fund and how they fund...
Influencing states' policy and practice on the protection of civilians
This briefing note explores the current practice of international humanitarian organisations in seeking to influence states on their policy and practice regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict. It considers what factors are inhibiting and enabling these organisations’ influence on states, and sets out...
Four leverage points to improve how Australia makes its future
This is a snapshot of the first Next25 Recoded report that explores and synthesises 50 deeply reflective, one-on-one interviews with established and emerging leaders from a diverse cross-section of the future-making system.
Next25 Recoded: understanding and improving how Australia makes its future
This report is the first output from Recoded, Next25's ongoing research and engagement program that builds the knowledge and support required to drive action that improves how Australia makes its future.
Social sector commissioning
This document outlines the response to conversations the Government held with the social sector so far and the next steps that will be taken towards a better system that supports better outcomes.
Defending defenders? An assessment of EU action on human rights defenders
This report focuses on EU and member state action for human rights defenders (HRDs) in line with their human rights commitments, above all, the European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. It is based on research by Amnesty International focusing on implementation of the Guidelines...
Unfair game: persecution of human rights defenders in Russia intensifies
Human rights defenders in Russia have always faced harassment, intimidation, physical attacks and arbitrary arrests for their work. However, in recent years, the level and extent of the reprisals they face has increased significantly. This publication provides a snapshot of the current dire situation through...
Anticipatory crisis financing and action: concepts, initiatives and evidence
This paper outlines the current state of anticipatory action and discusses some of the existing evidence on its impact. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive literature review or a meta-analysis of the impacts of early warning or early action initiatives. It presents some...
Linking participation and economic advancement: Buen Vivir Fund case study
The Buen Vivir Fund is based on the concept of buen vivir, or ‘right living’, which originates from Indigenous peoples in Latin America; the term denotes a way of living that is in balance with the natural world, community, and generations past, present, and future.
Risk-informed development: from crisis to resilience
This report argues that risk informed decision-making needs to be integrated into all levels of planning and delivery, from the development of NGO programming to government plans and the policies of international donor agencies, in order reduce multiple risks and avoid risk creation in development.
Freedoms under threat: the spread of anti-NGO measures in Africa
This report describes and analyses the approaches that African governments are taking to impose restrictions that handicap NGO activity on the continent.
The Australia we want: second report
The Community Council for Australia has been framing new policy platforms for the future of the Australian charities and not-for-profit sector over a period of years. The findings in this report describe progress against key indicators developed to reflect the core values of the Australia...
Outcomes measurement in the Australian community sector: a national report card
This report presents a unique analysis of outcomes measurement across the entire Australian community sector, using results from the Outcomes Measurement in the Community Sector Survey.
Shaping the path
This audit found 31 cases of misconduct committed by aid workers connected to Australian charities. The sector's peak body, the Council for International Development, has promised major changes to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people.
Non-profit organisations & terrorism financing: red flag indicators 2018
This report provides a set of indicators related to non-profit organisations (NPOs) at high risk of misuse for terrorism financing in South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. These indicators should help reporting institutions, as well as national authorities and NPOs, to better identify and mitigate...
How to collaborate with Pacific Churches for development research
This guide is a practical resource to assist Australian-based researchers and Australian and international development organisations. The guide is designed to support good practice for research partnerships with Churches in the Pacific, where the aim of the research is to generate evidence that influences policy...
Independent review to improve practice and response of ACFID members in the prevention of sexual misconduct: interim report
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) engaged the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) as an independent reviewer to understand practice and response of ACFID member organisations in preventing sexual misconduct amongst its employees and agents, and to make recommendations to address any areas...
Funding opportunities for community groups
Members of Parliament regularly receive requests directly or through their electorate offices about funding opportunities for community groups. This Issues Backgrounder is designed to assist in responding to these requests.
How to partner for development research
This guide is a practical resource to guide Australian-based researchers and international development organisations, particularly Australian-based NGOs (ANGOs). The guide seeks to support good practice for research partnerships in order to generate evidence to influence policy and practice in the international development sector.
Funding opportunities for community groups July 2017
Members of Parliament regularly receive requests directly or through their electorate offices about funding opportunities for community groups. This backgrounder is designed to assist in responding to these requests.
Building safe spaces to support young women’s participation in local governance in Indonesia
This paper describes participatory action research carried out in partnership with eight grassroots Indonesian women’s NGOs.
The role of NGOs in building CSR discourse around human rights in developing countries
This article outlines the limitations of the mainstream corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the potential of grassroots social movements to make TNCs accountable.
The Australia we want: first report
The Australia We Want is the first ever benchmark of how Australia and each State and Territory is performing against values and goals prioritised by leaders from across the charities sector. These values include: just, fair, safe, inclusive, equality of opportunity, united, authentic, creative, confident...
Australian NGO accreditation guidance manual (2016)
In 1996 DFAT and Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) initiated an accreditation scheme for NGOs participating in the official Australian aid program. Accreditation enables NGOs to participate in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Accreditation acts as a front-end risk management and due diligence process. It...
Discharging accountability in the field of non-governmental organisations in Samoa
The questioning of accountability for Samoa came to the forefront as a result of a publicised scandal involving funds donated in aid of the devastating effects of a tsunami in 2009. This scandal prompted an interest in examining the practice of accountability in Samoa and...