When working with Indigenous communities, it’s easy to be so focused on service delivery that you miss the opportunity to facilitate robust development and enact social change.

Participants in ISSR’s first 5-day Advanced Indigenous Development Programming (AIDP) course, held in October, were challenged to refocus on these opportunities and approach their work from a development perspective. The course demonstrated how services and service delivery can be used as a means to empower communities, and inspired participants to be agents of change within their practice.

Participants gained practical skills in adaptive development practice, understanding complexity, political economy and stakeholder analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and conflict negotiation. One of the key objectives of the course was to help build a collaborative network of practitioners across Australia. 

Professor Mark Moran, along with Pauline PeelLaura Simpson Reeves, and Dr Michael Limerick (pictured left to right in the top image), facilitated the workshop, providing participants with a range of experiences across Indigenous and international development, policy research and evaluation, community governance, change and transition management, stakeholder engagement and participatory communications.

Participants provided feedback praising the interactivity and practical application of the program, and felt encouraged that they now had a practical plan to address key challenges they face in their work.

“[The course made me] feel confident to de-construct complicated and complex problems,” said Rachelle Wingard, Acting Deputy Regional Manager in South Australia for the Indigenous Affairs Network

“[The course] covered a whole range of building blocks to do development with Indigenous people,” commented Arnold McKenzie, Advisor for the Department of Premier and Cabinet Indigenous Affairs Group.

The course will run again in 2017. To be kept updated on future courses, contact Laura Simpson Reeves or visit the course webpage.

15 November 2016