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 to:
- Expand and strengthen Australian-Pacific connections by developing new networks through facilitating the ‘Second Track’ process on issues of mutual interest and leveraging existing forums;
- Increase Australia’s regional influence by cultivating meaningful enduring relationships between Australian and Pacific individuals and organisations;
- Contribute to economic development and good governance in the Pacific by creating the opportunity to work on common issues and new self-resourced partnerships operating in the Pacific region;
- Influence emerging leaders from Australia and the Pacific.