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.

Operating principles

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

DPC meetings take place at least three times each year rotating between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.


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, TEAR Australia, Board Champion

Fiona Tarpey, Australian Red Cross

Committee members

Kirsten Armstrong, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Jamie Davies, Australian Lutheran World Service

Phil Lindsay, TEAR Australia

Anne Stuart, Family Planning NSW

Simon Eccleshall, Islamic Relief Australia

Tracy McDiarmid, International Women's Development Agency

Uppi Mawande, World Vision Australia

Colin Scott, Global Mission Partners



Dr Linda Kelly



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.

Next Meeting

The next DPC meeting is scheduled for Monday February 19th, 2019 in Canberra.