What is IDCC?
International Development Contractors Community (IDCC) is a new organisation being formed to represent international development contractors and consultants working with the Australian aid program.
Why is the IDCC being formed?
The formation of IDCC is recognition by international development contractors and consultants that a collaborative and inclusive approach will strengthen advocacy on what members are doing and achieving with the Australian aid program.
Previously, private sector representation for international development contractors was through a small voluntary network – IDC Australia. The Australian aid program has experienced major changes and evolved in terms of strategy and suppliers. It is timely for contractors and consultants to respond by organising differently to engage effectively with government and other parties.
How is IDCC different to the IDC?
The IDCC is a Company Limited by Guarantee, which is a not for profit organisation. It is a step change from the past voluntary committee approach, to professional representative body.
The IDCC will build an engaged membership base, undertake independent professional assignments and develop and implement a strategic agenda with the government, media and other parties.
How will the IDCC be funded?
IDCC will be funded by membership fees, with scope to receive funding from other sources such as sponsorship or fees for management of projects.
How do I become a member?
A membership application form is being developed and will be available at the Aid Supplier Conference.
Who can be a member of IDCC?
Members will include businesses and individuals in the private sector who are involved in implementation of the Australian Aid Program.
What does the word ‘Community’ mean for IDCC?
The word community was chosen as it recognises that thousands of committed, professional people from the private sector are involved in the delivery of the Australian aid program.
They include contractors and consultant businesses that are large and small. And they also include many individuals working as employees of contractor and consulting firms, working in Australia and in-country.
IDCC has been formed as a mechanism to bring people together to work on issues of common interest from across the whole service value chain.
What is the timeline to form IDCC?
IDCC will be formed as a legal entity before the DFAT Aid Supplier Conference on 15 February 2018.
At the Aid Supplier Conference IDCC will officially launch and begin a membership drive to sign-up financial members and invite nomination of IDCC Directors for election at a General Meeting.
Once a critical mass of members has signed up, the three ‘initial’ Directors will convene a General Meeting, where all Director Positions will become vacant and members will elect the inaugural Directors. The General Meeting will be convened within six month of IDCC’s Incorporation.
Who are the ‘initial directors’?
The three initial directors are
- Colin Adams, Cardno Director and Area Manager Asia Pacific; and
- Therese Faulkner, Coffey Country Manager, Papua New Guinea
- Brian Ramsay, Asia Pacific Representative DAI
The initial directors are guiding the transition to form IDCC as a new organisation that is owned and valued by its members.
How can I get involved?
You can stay informed with progress to form IDCC by joining our mailing list here where updates on the transition will be regularly issued.
There will be a short presentation to provide an update on progress and next steps for IDCC at DFAT’s Aid Supplier Conference on 15 February in Canberra.