The IRF Consortium


AECOM is more than a long term partner to the Australian Aid program; AECOM is a similar partner to myriad of donors, private sector disrupters (Apple, Google, Facebook, NASA, Tesla etc), and philanthropic leaders (Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation etc). AECOM has more than 92,000 people, many of whom are world-leading experts. Organised through more than 150 Technical Practice Groups, DFAT has the potential to rapidly access this untapped AECOM expertise. AECOM delivers clean water and energy, plans new cities, restores damaged environments, connects people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems, develops and deploys new technologies, designs parks where children play, and helps governments maintain stability and security.

OpenIDEO is the open innovation arm of IDEO, a world-renowned global design and innovation firm. IDEO designs products, services, organisations and systems to take on some of the biggest challenges in the world, and its human-centered design approach has helped organisations of all sizes innovate and scale. Over the last six years, OpenIDEO has run 40 open innovation challenges on topics like maternal health, early childhood development, urban resilience, and Ebola, finding and supporting innovative organisations and entrepreneurs while catalysing new collaborations.

Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) focuses on design, facilitation, co-creation, and strategic evaluation. Human-centered design informs all of GKI’s programs, through analysis of needs, stakeholder engagement, and prototyping. GKI works with partners to design solutions, processes, Social Innovation Labs, and other strategies to solve critical development challenges. GKI has a wealth of experience facilitating groups or networks on ideation, development of a shared vision, and/or systems to implement and evaluate programs. GKI has developed more than 150 distinct tools, methods, and modules that arm problem solvers in collaborative innovation approaches.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Institute of Sustainable Futures addresses the important intersection between research and practice. They provide an entry portal to the breadth of capability within UTS including through the Institute’s leadership of the multidisciplinary UTS Development Network. UTS bring expertise in a range of frameworks and models to make sense of the world and prompt new thinking. Frameworks include: futures thinking; scenario planning; and research-based theories of change. UTS-ISF has a depth of experience in leading creative design, strategic monitoring and evaluation and learning activities in the context of Australian Aid initiatives.

Struber delivers innovative communications, engagement and marketing programs that reach global audiences, build brand and reputation awareness. Supported by processes to ensure the right ideas are uncovered, tested and implemented, Struber assists government and corporate clients to architect solutions that communicate, engage and market their programs, projects, initiatives, assets and brands. Struber consistently explores innovation and trends in communications, engagement and marketing to deliver unique digital engagement and communication campaigns.