About FPD

What we believe in

Vision

The vision of the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is to build a better society through education and capacity development.

Mission Statement

FPD’s mission is to catalyse social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing
innovative solutions.

Values

All of FPD’s activities are based on, and flow from, the following core values, that were developed by FPD staff through a consultative process.

Innovation

FPD strives to be an innovator in society by challenging the status quo and by actively identifying opportunities to affect positive change with a view of building a better society. This is achieved by aggressively embracing growth opportunities and committing ourselves to producing leadership.

Integrity

FPD and its staff adhere to moral and ethical principles in all their activities. This is reflected in honest and professional conduct, personal accountability and a commitment to not abuse the resources of the organisation or its sponsors. Most of all, FPD will not compromise its institutional principles for the sake of political expedience.

Quality

FPD strives to guarantee the excellence of all its products and services. All such services are designed to meet the current needs of its clients. Underlying this commitment to quality is a continuous drive to achieve excellence and develop the systems to reward such achievements.

Freedom to Challenge

FPD encourages an environment where staff can voice their opinion without fear of victimisation. Constructive critique and creative debate between stakeholders and staff are encouraged.

Respect

Consideration for the rights of individuals and groups is integral to FPD as an organisation. FPD honours the personal beliefs of its clients, its staff and its service beneficiaries.

Service to Society

All of FPD’s activities are dedicated to serving the best interest of society. FPD’s focus is underpinned by a strong sense of social responsibility.

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

The strategic direction for 2016 is focused on developing FPD into an international self-funding university that can compete with world class institutions.

This will be achieved by a continuous focus on social entrepreneurship, high quality teaching and learning, research and community engagement. Inherent in this vision is a commitment to social responsibility and ensuring that all activities of the organisation will serve to improve society in the countries where FPD operates.

In 2016 FPD will continue to expand online learning products and pilot products aimed at exploring the use of mobile applications to support service delivery improvement.

FPD will continue to prioritise creating employment opportunities for young people through undergraduate programmes and programmes that create workplace exposure. FPD will also continue to expand its partnership with the public sector around supporting health systems strengthening via technical assistance, supporting direct service delivery in pursuit of meeting the 90-90-90 targets for HIV care, supporting the development of innovative solutions through think tanks and bringing evidence based approaches to policy development and review.

Private sector partnerships will continue to explore innovative models to service delivery, improving skills in the private sector and developing information solutions applicable to this sector.

FPD signature initiatives around AIDS and GBV will remain a major focus of the 2016 strategy.

The 2016 Strategic Direction will continue efforts to ensure that FPD creates a working environment that will attract and retain people who want to make a difference and who are willing to subscribe to FPD’s vision and values.

PHILOSOPHY

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

FPD is committed to being a force for positive change in the communities and countries where we work.