International Development

We have ventured beyond the shores of Australia to explore the role that sustainable businesses can play in a developing context. In a partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), we have worked in Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa with plans to extend our reach in 2017.

Anna Moegerlein (R)  is one of our consultants in the Pacific."At TDi we believe that business is a powerful tool for change. We love seeing enterprises in a developing market go from aid reliance to trade sustainability"

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Our international program aims to build a bridge from aid to trade by developing a pipeline of investable enterprises that are able to attract private capital and move away from ongoing grant and aid reliance. Our method empowers individuals and communities through tailored capacity-building, rather than simply providing a ready-made solution or replacing their business models with ones more appropriate for a developed setting.

Following our pilot project in the Pacific in 2016, we discovered that supporting sustainable community-lead enterprises creates a powerful ripple effect through the community, impacting health, education, employment, the local and national economy.

"TDi is the best donor-funded private sector development initiative I have witnessed in the Pacific over the last 20 years, and it’s sustainable"

— Caleb Jarvis, Pacific Islands Trade Commissioner