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.


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Swimming to end human trafficking: The power of individual fundraising.

Swimming to end human trafficking: The power of individual fundraising.

Kim Miller, Schools and Partnerships Coordinator at Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, reflects on what her upcoming swim across the English channel has taught her about the role of individual fundraising in 2024. Whilst many of the key discussions in international development may now center around major development financing, Kim highlights the ongoing impact that individual fundraising can have professionally and personally - in addition to supporting urgent causes.
Beyond cupcakes: why engaging young men in gender equality initiatives, such as IWD, is key.

Beyond cupcakes: why engaging young men in gender equality initiatives, such as IWD, is key.

Following IWD 2024, AIDN's Communications and Research Lead, Hannah McNicol, asks: how do we ensure that gender equality initiatives and events like IWD also spark interest in men, are spaces that they are likely to attend, and can meaningfully engage in? To answer this question, Hannah calls for a reflection on several innovative international development programs that focus on engaging young men to achieve gender justice for all, including Dandelion Africa and Grass Skirt Project.
For conservation efforts to move forward we must center Indigenous voices and take a human rights-centric approach.

For conservation efforts to move forward we must center Indigenous voices and take a human rights-centric approach.

Mahum Qazi, Communications Assistant at Project Expedite Justice, outlines the tension between international accords that aim to protect the environment and the “fortress conservation model”. Whilst such accords strive to improve planetary health, in practice they can fail to consider how many Indigenous Peoples have fostered healthy ecosystems and can instead lead to human rights violations and land dispossession.
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.
Why now is the time for Australians to add overseas giving to their portfolio

Why now is the time for Australians to add overseas giving to their portfolio

Part 1: In the first of our three part series, AIDN explores ‘why’ all Australian donors should consider adding international giving to their giving portfolio.
Let’s dispel the stubborn myths around global giving

Let’s dispel the stubborn myths around global giving

Part 2: AIDN highlights and calls for a breakdown of the stubborn, inflated barriers that challenge Australia’s outbound charitable giving.
How to start your impactful global giving journey

How to start your impactful global giving journey

Part 3: We explore the ‘how’ and provide a blue-print for the first steps Australians should take in their global giving journey. By that we mean how Australians can best give to overseas causes, whilst ensuring engagement and impact, and simultaneously fostering trust and flexibility for the organisations on-the-ground.
AIDN summarises and responds to Australia’s new Development Finance Review

AIDN summarises and responds to Australia’s new Development Finance Review

In August 2023, Australia's new International Development policy set the stage for Australia's development cooperation agenda moving forward. The policy was underpinned by the new Performance and Delivery Framework, and the Development Finance Review. In this document, AIDN responds to the policy at large and summarises the key points from the Development Finance Review.
Rwanda and Uganda Insight Tour 2023 wrap up

Rwanda and Uganda Insight Tour 2023 wrap up

A wrap up of AIDN's July 2023 Insight Tour to Uganda and Rwanda.
AIDN’s submission to the Productivity Commission into Philanthropy 2023

AIDN’s submission to the Productivity Commission into Philanthropy 2023

Read AIDN's submission to the 2023 Productivity Commission into Philanthropy. In addition to building upon former submissions where we advocate for key changes in Government, Philanthropy and Investment, in this submission AIDN further advocates for the need for stronger communications, creative strategies and campaigns to maintain, foster and enhance the overall culture of giving in Australia.
Why we should look to Development to reclaim International Women’s Day.

Why we should look to Development to reclaim International Women’s Day.

Most of us want to achieve gender equality. And it is fair and reasonable that we celebrate the progress made by women worldwide. But how can we meaningfully move forward?