AIDN’s core ethos is ‘more’ and ‘better’ global giving and we seek to foster an environment for the discussion and exploration of how we define these terms in an ever-changing international development ecosystem. Alongside our events, webinars and resources, The AIDN Beat is a key way to achieve this goal.

However, at AIDN we are aware that ‘better’ and ‘more’ are evolving and subjective terms. We are also deeply committed to amplifying diverse voices. Consequently, we accept submissions to The AIDN Beat – so that our dynamic network can shape the discussion too. If you would like to submit content for The AIDN Beat, then we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us (via hannah@aidnetwork.org.au) and we will share our editorial guidelines.


The AIDN Beat strives to keep up with the rhythm of the international development sector and cover a broad range of subjects: from innovative development financing, to leading case-studies of programs on-the-ground, to the need for a genuine commitment to localisation.

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Field catalysts: driving large-scale change through radical collaboration.

Field catalysts: driving large-scale change through radical collaboration.

In our latest guest contribution to The AIDN Beat, Dr. Madeleine Ballard, CEO of Community Health Impact Coalition, highlights the pivotal role of "field catalysts" for aligning diverse stakeholders towards achieving large-scale systematic change. Dr. Ballard first underscores the need for field catalysts and demonstrates how they operate in practice. Dr. Ballard then finishes by discussing potential replication of this approach and important considerations for funders.
AIDN’s response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australian Philanthropy

AIDN’s response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australian Philanthropy

In 2023, the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry to analyse motivations for philanthropic giving in Australia and identify opportunities to grow it further. Alongside 250+ organisations and individuals, AIDN submitted our recommendations in May 2023 as part of the Commission’s call for initial submissions.
AIDN’s summer reading list 2023

AIDN’s summer reading list 2023

AIDN has compiled an international development and philanthropy themed summer reading list based on our reading recommendations throughout 2023. 
Pathways to Global Giving Edition 2

Pathways to Global Giving Edition 2

AIDN's "Pathways to Global Giving" eBooklet serves as a resource for Australians seeking to engage in ...
To tackle the biggest challenges of our time it will be critical to leverage both global and local networks and resources.

To tackle the biggest challenges of our time it will be critical to leverage both global and local networks and resources.

Guest author Biheng Zhang, General Manager of The Intrepid Foundation, reflects on the recent earthquake in Morocco, and argues that to tackle the biggest challenges of our time we will need robust networks that leverage global capabilities and resources, alongside critical on-the-ground, local knowledge and action. We will also need to turn to the power of human connection in the face of crises.
Responsible financial inclusion is key to protecting vulnerable clients in the Asia-Pacific region

Responsible financial inclusion is key to protecting vulnerable clients in the Asia-Pacific region

In light of recent investigations into the microfinance sector in Cambodia, guest author Shane Nichols, CEO of Good Return, calls for responsible and appropriate financial inclusion practices and principles to protect vulnerable clients in the Asia-Pacific region.
Major innovation in disaster relief rebuilding is underway and helping to improve access to education. However, challenges persist in maximising impact.

Major innovation in disaster relief rebuilding is underway and helping to improve access to education. However, challenges persist in maximising impact.

Guest author Tanya Armstrong, CEO of Classroom of Hope, highlights how major innovation in disaster relief rebuilding is underway. With a focus on innovative "block technology", sustainable and disaster proof schools are being built and thus improving access to education. However, challenges persist in maximising the impact of this pioneering technology.
DFAT’s new disability equity and rights strategy: An opportunity to shift the dial.

DFAT’s new disability equity and rights strategy: An opportunity to shift the dial.

Guest author Jane Edge, CEO of CBM Australia, highlights the upcoming opportunity for Australia's “Disability Equity and Rights Strategy” to be ambitious, accountable and resourced.
Achieving the SDGs means investing in MSMEs.

Achieving the SDGs means investing in MSMEs.

Guest author Cameron Neil, Co-Founder and Director of LendForGood, calls on those committed to international development and achieving the SDGs to look at investment opportunities in emerging markets - with a particular focus on the catalytic potential of MSMEs.
Disasters are on the rise. But how can donors give effectively?

Disasters are on the rise. But how can donors give effectively?

Guest author Anita Toy, Chief Representative of Give2Asia Australia, highlights the increasing need for philanthropic funding from Australian markets for disaster preparedness, resilience and awareness in our region. However, with new philanthropic funding mechanisms for disaster relief quickly emerging, like DisasterLink, Australian donors should feel empowered to give and disavow common misconceptions about international giving.
AIDN’s wrap up of the Philanthropy Productivity Commission 2023

AIDN’s wrap up of the Philanthropy Productivity Commission 2023

A summary of the Philanthropy Productivity Commission that took place earlier in 2023. Acting as a neutral and connective film across the Australian international development sector, AIDN has reviewed a number of the 250+ submissions so that we can offer our network a snapshot of the key trends, opportunities and obstacles to increasing philanthropic giving in Australia, as highlighted by our sector.
AIDN’s Submission to Inform the New International Gender Equality Strategy

AIDN’s Submission to Inform the New International Gender Equality Strategy

To support the Australian Government's commitment to being a global leader on gender equality, DFAT is developing a new International Gender Equality Strategy. DFAT invited public submissions as part of this process, to hear from people and organisations, and to inform the priorities for the strategy.