About Foundation for Professional Development


To build a better society through education and capacity

Mission Statement

To catalyse social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions.

Enrolled Students
(Since 1998)

589 263
Free HIV testing in South Africa,
(Since 2004) more than

11 860 833
Total people initiated
on ART (Since 2004)

1 129 554

Our Values

Liberty to voice opinions without fear of victimisation

  • We encourage constructive critique and creative debate between stakeholders and amongst our staff.
  • We promote systems and structures to challenge existing or entrenched practices.
  • We reward innovative ideas and welcome positive change.
  • We make decisions and exercise control transparently and without hidden agendas.

The introduction of something new or different

  • We encourage entrepreneurship, discipline & initiative to challenge the status quo.
  • We identify creative and effective means of implementing change.
  • We are receptive to opportunities for growth and income generation.
  • We accept that people make mistakes in pursuit of innovation.
  • We actively participate in shaping the future of the societies in which we work.
  • We are committed to leadership in our field.

Adherence to moral and ethical principles

  • We uphold the highest standards for honesty, fairness and professional conduct.
  • We hold ourselves personally accountable for our outputs and our actions and interventions.
  • We do not plagiarize, misuse or misappropriate our own or our stakeholders’ property or funds.
  • We report data and activities truthfully and transparently in accordance with timelines.
  • We keep our promises and lead through example.
  • We do not compromise our principles for political expediency.

A guarantee of excellence in all aspects of work

  • We strive to pro-actively identify and meet the current and future needs of organisations, professionals, managers and services.
  • We promote skills-transfer, community enablement and empowerment and sustainability in all aspects of capacity development.
  • We continuously strive for excellence, quality, efficacy, efficiency and appropriateness in all our products and services.
  • Our remuneration practices reward excellence.
  • We actively seek feedback from our customers and act on such feedback.
  • We believe that all communities, irrespective of income and means, deserves the highest quality of service and products.
  • We continuously monitor our performance.

Regard and consideration for the rights of an individual and/or group

  • We respect the cultural, ethnic, religious and personal beliefs and practices of all FPD staff, clients and service beneficiaries.
  • We uphold the highest standards of professionalism and regard for human dignity in our day-to-day activities.
  • We will treat others as we ourselves want to be treated.
  • We are punctual and conscientious of one another’s time restraints.

Work in the best interest of the community

  • We focus on priority service areas and the promotion of optimal service delivery.
  • We deliver timeously on clear goals and objectives.
  • All our products and activities are predicted or guided by a strong sense of social responsibility.
  • In the final analysis all our activities, however small are designed to improve the societies we work with.