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!

You can view the report here

Kate Lawrence

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