Who we are

Created through the vision and philanthropy of Bill Taylor AO in 1990 

FDC’s mission

Foundation for Development Cooperation’s mission is to harness and leverage the collective skills, knowledge and resources of organisations from across the public, private, community and academic sectors to reduce the incidence of poverty and promote equitable growth in the Asia Pacific region.


FDC achieves this by researching, piloting and promoting development initiatives that are market-based and innovative. Over the past three decades it has built a reputation as an organisation that – through collaboration across its regional networks – advances new ideas and approaches to building prosperity in developing economies.

Working closely

By working closely with governments, leading development institutions, non-government organisations and the business community, the initiatives of the FDC pave the way for enterprise and prosperity to flourish in the region.

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Our history

The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) is an independent Australian foundation established in 1990 with a mandate underpinned by the philosophy of self-reliance and the pursuit of opportunities and initiatives that enable institutions and communities to help themselves.

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Our partners

Strategic partnerships are core to FDC’s values. We work in collaboration with our official partners. We also value the contributions of our extensive network of supporters.

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Leadership team

Management of FDC is vested in its Board of Directors and leadership team. The Board comprises eminent persons from Australia/Asia who are active in development cooperation and business.

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