Founder Bill Taylor AO envisaged effective development as a cooperative undertaking involving a coalition of stakeholders from different sectors from Australia and across Asia and the Pacific, bringing together resources and capabilities to drive sustainable outcomes ultimately to benefit the region’s poor and disadvantaged.
This opportunity was borne from Bill Taylor’s work at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York for over 20 years, including as head of the UNDP’s Development Finance Service. During this time he recognised the contribution an independent organisation could make in marshalling the private, academic, NGO and public sectors to work toward alleviating poverty and reducing disadvantage in the Asia Pacific region.
In its 30 years of operating, FDC has worked in various areas of international development and cooperation, primarily economic development, and has:
Typically, FDC initiatives aim at a strategic and institutional level informed by grassroots and country-specific circumstances. More recently, FDC expanded its agenda to include inclusive growth and development in areas such as asset accumulation, economic and digital integration.
Management of the Foundation is vested in its Leadership Team and its Board of Directors. The Board comprises a number of eminent persons from Australia, Asia and the Pacific who are active in development cooperation and business.
Strategic partnerships are core to FDC’s values. We work in collaboration with our official partners. We also value the contributions of our extensive network of supporters, including:
The poor in developing countries, especially those without adequate access to productive land or paid employment, support themselves with a myriad of “self-employed” activities in trade, services, crafts and petty manufactures, as well as in agriculture.
FDC is a founding member of Microfinance Pasifika, an alliance of organisations committed to supporting disadvantaged people in the Pacific to improve their quality of life through providing inclusive and sustainable financial services such as savings, credit, remittances and payment services and insurance.
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