Making Change Happen

ACFID and the Institute of Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University are working together to deliver Making Change Happen – an innovative professional development program aimed at leaders and senior managers from development NGOs. The program focuses on the challenges that NGOs will need to address if they are to remain relevant and effective in 10-15 years’ time. NGOs operate in complex and dynamic environments where disruptive changes are the norm. However conventional approaches to development and ways of working are not always well-aligned with the need to innovate, reflect, and adapt.


The program will engage participants in an experiential, applied learning program run over a nine - month period which combines knowledge sharing, discussion, practical application, reflection and learning.

The Making Change Program consists of three units. Please download the full information pack here.

ACFID gratefully acknowledges the support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in enabling us to deliver Making Change Happen to our members. 


Price per Unit for 2016-17: $1500.00
Agencies sending more than one person will receive a discount of 20% on the course fees (provided that participants register together).

Note: Payment is not requested upon registration and the price for each unit will appear as 0.
Participants or their organisation will be invoiced for course fees in the month before the course starts. 


Prior to registering for this course please ensure you have:

  •  at least five years’ experience working in the aid and development sector;
  • a minimum of three years in a managerial/supervisory role in the aid and development sector;
  • a desire to develop your leadership skills;
  • a commitment to driving change in your organisation and contributing to change in the wider sector; and
  • support from your employer. 

Please sign in  or create a new account  to register.
To register for a unit click on the starting date below. Click 'Add' next to the each unit description and then 'proceed to checkout' to proceed with the registration .
Unit 1  starts on the 14th of September 2016
Unit 2 starts on the  7th of February 2017
Unit 3 starts on the  19th of April 2017

Enquiries about Making Change Happen can be directed to Elisabeth Parkin at ACFID,, 02 6281 9229. 

7/02/2017 - 31/05/2017
LaTrobe University City Campus
360 Collins St


Foundational Issues in making Change Happen explores different way of thinking about how social change happens and uses case studies and actual work from agencies, and beyond. This unit explores and tests the fundamental assumptions that agencies have about their role in promoting transformational social change in a dynamic and changing world. It targets senior managers working both overseas and in Australia who are involved in strategy, program, and influencing work.
14/09/2016 - 15/11/2016
This unit focuses on the practice of designing, implementing and evaluating programs in ways that are consistent with an understanding of complexity and transformation. It targets staff involved in program management, influencing, and monitoring and evaluation.
7/02/2017 - 9/03/2017
This is a new unit which explores the institutional implications of a greater understanding of complexity and social change. It targets senior management staff and leaders from across all functional areas in agencies. The unit includes an exploration of: organisational structure and strategy; culture and ways of working; managing multiple accountabilities; learning and innovation; fundraising and communication; and performance management and measurement.
19/04/2017 - 31/05/2017

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