The International Development Contractors Community (IDCC) is the formal peak body representing international development consultants and contractors working with the Australian aid program.
There is a very strong cohort of technical and professional people who have been working with the Australian aid program for a long time, both in Australia and overseas. Not only are they passionate about improving the lives of people in developing countries, they have a wealth of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts which ensure projects are implemented and sustainable. These people – irrespective of which contracting firm they work for – are a genuine community of dedicated professionals, with much to contribute to aid policy and strategy formulation.
The word ‘community’ in the IDCC name is a deliberately chosen word - the IDCC is intended to be an inclusive community of technical and professional aid workers, employed as private sector contractors and consultants – present and past. The IDCC will establish a strong working relationship with the Australian Government, enabling DFAT to develop a more strategic partnership approach to its relationships with contractors.
The IDCC aims to:
- Increase public awareness of the achievements of the Australian aid program as delivered by its members
- Advocate on behalf of members, which includes providing accurate and evidence-based information to policy makers and influencers, on Australian aid delivery and impact
- Shape and influence public policy on Australian aid and international development
- Raise member awareness and capability to respond to the evolving legislative and policy requirements of the Australian Government