Development Practice Committee (DPC)


The Development Practice Committee (DPC) is an expert advisory group where learning and development practitioners from the not-for-profit sector meet to:

  • Lead good practice within the sector
  • Undertake applied research and development of tools and processes
  • Provide relevant advice to ACFID on key issues around development effectiveness affecting the sector
  • Engage with DFAT on development effectiveness practice.

DPC Vacancies - ** Looking for new members **

Are you interested in joining the DPC?  You would be joining 10 other sector practice leaders.  While committee membership requires you to commit to attending up to 4 meetings a year and participation in work between meetings, the rewards are significant - being part of a leading group in the sector and helping to shape the sector and work closely with the ACFID Secretariat and members on key issues of the day.  People from small and medium sized members are encouraged to apply.

Please send a covering email addressing the TORs and attach a copy of your resume to: Kate Angus, Learning and Innovation Advisor, at ACFID [email protected].

No Deadline: Please send your application through at any time for consideration when a vacancy arises.

Membership and Meetings

DPC meetings take place at least three times each year over either one or two days, rotating between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (Currently being held online).

Members are expected to come to meetings well prepared and to bring the support of their organisation with them.

The DPC has eight members plus two co-chairs. DPC member terms run for three years which is renewable to encourage continuity.

The membership is open to anyone from an ACFID Member organisation with an interest in organisational learning in the international development sector and experience in program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. The group may also include external experts such as academics, engaged consultants or subject matter experts from think tanks.

Current DPC members are:


Matthew Maury, Tearfund Australia, Board Champion

Fiona Tarpey, Australian Red Cross

Committee members

Anne Stuart, Family Planning NSW

Tracy McDiarmid, International Women's Development Agency

Colin Scott, Global Mission Partners

Anthony Zwi, UNSW

Stav Zotalis, ActionAid


Dr Linda Kelly


In 2020/21 the Committee is prioritising work in the following areas:

  • Raising awareness and understanding in the sector around the value and ethics of impact investing;

  • Continuing to drive and support member work around strategic MEL and engagement across the various levels of organisations;

  • Providing strategic advice and learning opportunities for members around implementation and demonstrating impact of our work, including against the Sustainable Development Goals (supporting the work of the MELCOP (ACFID's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice);

  • Building a closer program of work between the development and humanitarian sector in areas such as localisation, demonstrating impact, and innovation;

  • Supporting and advising ACFID members and the ACFID Secretariat in the rollout of new Australian Government development cooperation priorities;

  • See the ACFID/DPC/RDI Network/MEL COP Submission to the Government on the Policy Performance Framework, February 2020.

  • Supporting ACFID to implement the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse action plan;

  • Advising as required on implications of COVID-19 on program effectiveness and quality

  • Continuing to update and refresh/drive new Practice Notes to support member practice.

Over past years, DPC has played a key role in progressing the sector’s work on:


For more information on the Development Practice Committee see the DPC TOR or contact Kate Angus on 02 8123 2231.


Last meeting was 1 April, 2020 Online.

Next meeting is yet to be scheduled.