This five day short course will support staff working in Indigenous Affairs to build their proficiency to work developmentally.

What will you learn?

Participants will develop skills in place-based approaches, locally-led decision making, frontline leadership, institutional brokering, and adapting to complexity. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Place-based approaches
  • Locally-led decision making
  • Frontline implementation leadership
  • Strengthening Indigenous governance
  • Brokering crowded institutional contexts
  • Advanced participatory methods        
  • Conflict resolution            
  • Cultural competency in relationships           
  • Strengths-based approaches
  • Problem-driven approaches
  • Gendered analysis
  • Political economy stakeholder analysis
  • Adaptive program logics and complexity
  • Data-driven approaches and M&E
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Personal challenges     
Who should attend?

The course is beneficial for government staff at all levels, and for staff working with NGOs, Indigenous organisations, mining companies or other private sector employers. Although it will be tailored to Indigenous contexts, most of the training will be relevant to tackling complex social problems in urban centres, country towns and developing countries.  Participants will bring a range of experiences and knowledge, and we will draw this into the course to maximise its relevance.

The course will be restricted to a maximum of 25 trainees to create a dynamic space for learning and collaboration, so early registration is advised.  If you would like to register interest for this course or have a general enquiry please contact the Education Program Coordinator Cara Herington.

Course Fees

Fees for this 5-day course are as follows (and include GST, lunch and morning/afternoon tea):

  • Standard rate - $2,750 
  • 10% Early Bird discount (exp. 21 May) - $2,475
  • 20% Discount for groups of 3 or more - $2,200
  • 25% Discount for students and Indigenous organisations - $2,062.50

Course details

In 2018, the course will run on 18-22 June (delivery in Alice Springs or Brisbane, determined by Expressions of Interest received prior to 7 May, 2018.  Email EoI to
If you have a group who would like to undertake this course and these dates don't suit, we can deliver at other times and venues by arrangement.  Contact Cara for further information.

The course will run from 9am to 5pm each day, with breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Course fees include comprehensive course materials including course handbook, slides manual, and required readings, as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

The course will be facilitated by Professor Mark Moran, Chair of Development Effectiveness, alongside guest speakers who are experts and highly experienced in the science of development practice.

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