A stable and prosperous Pacific is essential to Australia’s security and foreign policy. However, the complexity of regional challenges demands fresh and innovative approaches.
ICDP aims to forge genuine and enduring strategic relationships between Pacific and Australian individuals and organisations to progress ‘Second Track’ dialogue, policy discussions and leadership development. It will support and strengthen the existing connections and help build new networks and coalitions for business, public sector, academia and community leaders in Australia and the Pacific.
ICDP was established by the institute for active policy Global Access Partners (GAP) in July 2017. Through its ‘Second Track’ process, GAP generates links in all sectors to increase stakeholder participation in implementation of government policy and promotes innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving. Supported by GAP’s alumni network of over 3,500 people in a broad range of fields, ICDP draws on the very best of Australian expertise and utilises the GAP model to expand and improve strategic discussions, policy processes and networks between Australia and the Pacific.
The Centre’s objectives are:
- Facilitating the greater exchange of ideas and expertise, and fostering enhanced collaboration and business opportunities between Australia and the Pacific in applying digital technology to support sustainable development;
- Shaping and influencing emerging leaders from the Pacific and Australia with a greater focus on promoting Pacific Island women as current and future leaders;
- Increasing Australia’s regional standing and links by cultivating enduring relationships between current and emerging leaders from Australia and the Pacific; and
- Enabling Pacific Islanders to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Australia through participation in the range of Pacific Connect programme activities, and as a member of the Pacific Connect Community (alumni).