Applying Collaborative Approaches and Systems Thinking

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Applying Collaborative Approaches and Systems Thinking




Hosts: ACFID and its Development Practice Committee


Location: Melbourne (Offices of Oxfam Australia, Carlton)


Facilitator: Kerry Graham (Collaboration for Impact)

Date: 16th (full day) &17th (half day/morning) August 2017


Number of participants: 20


Cost: $250 per participant


Objective:  To learn how to apply systems thinking and collaborative approaches to the SDGs and related complex and multifaceted problems.


Who should come: Experienced programming staff and strategic thinkers who are tasked with delivering on transformational change around complex problems, including the SDGs across multiple goals.  You will be asked to provide a short expression of interest (EOI) explaining your role and experience and how you would be able to actively contribute to the sessions.  Participants will be chosen on the basis of EOIs.


By the end of the workshop participants will have:

  • Practical experience applying systems thinking to a worked example in the sector
  • Skills designing collaborative solutions for deeply entrenched and complex social problems
  • A manual that supports participants to run similar processes in their own organisations


Background Reading: Will be provided to those attending the workshop


Registrations: Register by Tuesday 08 August 2017 via the ACFID Events Website. You will not be asked to pay at time of registration. Please send a half page EOI to Kate Angus  (phone: 02 8123 2231). Invoices will be issued after participants have been accepted* to attend the workshop (*based on EOIs and spaces available).



This workshop builds on discussions held in 2016 within the ACFID membership identifying the best ways to support members to engage with the SDGs.  This is the second in a series of workshops on these topics and complements a Masterclass on Systems Thinking for Impact on Sustainable Development run by the Institute for Sustainable Futures/UTS.


Parts of this workshop will be filmed for inclusion in the online manual.

Facilitators and Presenters


Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact, Facilitator

Kerry is the Managing Director of Collaboration for Impact, and is a driven social change advocate and consultant whose purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia.


Michaela Cosijn, CSIRO, Presenter

Michaela is an International Development Research Officer in CSIRO with expertise in markets for the poor, public-private partnerships, natural resource management and monitoring and evaluation. She has previously worked as an independent consultant in East Africa and Asia with NGO’s, government and the private sector on aspects relating to environmental management and livelihoods strategies, as well as an environmental specialist to the oil and gas industry.

Mark Webster, ADRA, Presenter

Mark is the CEO of ADRA Australia and brings 20 years of international development experience in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Pacific to his leadership role. He has been a member of ACFID’s Development Practice Committee since 2012 and is also a member of the Committee for Development Cooperation.

16/08/2017 9:00 AM - 17/08/2017 5:00 PM
Oxfam 132 Leicester Street Melbourne, Victoria 3053

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