The International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) is an independent, non-profit, non-political organisation that encourages and facilitates dialogue, discussions and better relationships between current and emerging Pacific and Australian leaders in government, civil society and the private sector on common challenges.
ICDP is implementing Pacific Connect – a program announced by the Prime Minister of Australia at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa on 8 September 2017. The aim of Pacific Connect is to help deliver the Government’s agenda to step up Australia’s engagement in the Pacific by working with local leadership to identify opportunities, individuals and coalitions for engagement under a theme of ‘Australia-Pacific Connections for the Digital Future’.
Pacific Connect works predominantly with entrepreneurs and targets Pacific women via activities that include dialogues, peer-to-peer engagement, in-country contacts and participation in key policy and business forums, structured short-term visits, experience sharing and online collaboration among Pacific Connect alumni. ICDP works with and collaborates with a cross-section of leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, public servants, NGOs and SMEs in Australia, PNG, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.