This is an interesting Australian Institute of Family Studies report on what works in effective Indigenous organisations.
The following factors are common to successful community-managed programs and organisations:
- the community has ownership of and control over decision-making;
- culture is central to the program, including an understanding of local context, history and community leaders;
- local Indigenous staff work on the program or in the organisation;
- good corporate governance exists;
- Indigenous staff are working on programs and existing capacity is harnessed;
- trusting relationships with partners are established;
- flexibility in implementation timelines.
I think they could be describing Waltja!