Embedding an indigenous approach to development: Tips from indigenous aid suppliers

Carla McGrath (back right) and indigenous Australians supporting i2i to empower women in Papua New Guinea. Photo by: Lisa Cornish / Devex

CANBERRA — An indigenous approach to development seeks to better engage with communities in developing countries for sustainable change. Community is the focus with engagement, implementation, management, and evaluation occurring at this level.

Rod Reeve, managing director of Ninti One, and Peter Dunn, global indigenous economic development advisor for i2i Development, said the approach is gaining traction as evidence of the benefits mounts.

NGOs including Oxfam are already seeking advice and support for including indigenous approaches in their programming. But both Reeve and Dunn hope that the approach can become mainstream and not specialized.

Here are their tips for NGOs.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.