Nawarddeken Academy’s self-built school is an example of reinvesting funds from payment for ecosystem services to meet critical community needs in innovative ways.
Image: Bjorn Everts/Nawarddeken Academy
We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
Doing it locally: workers in the Gumatj timber workshop, Gunyangara.
Centralised policies are not meeting the needs of remote Indigenous settlements. Increasing their decision-making input and the role of local industry can overcome the challenges of building remotely.
Two land borders separate Indonesia and East Timor.
Amid a prolonged border dispute between Indonesia and Timor Leste, indigenous groups have signed an agreement to solve problems arising from the dispute.
CatholicCare NT has teams who take time to develop culturally and community appropriate practices.
Photo credit: J. Louth
“You can’t just come in like a fly and take-off” - patience and time on community is key to improving financial well-being in remote communities.
Participants map out an ideal future for their community.
Inclusive innovation processes could be extremely valuable to low-income and disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
A house at Little Paradise on Groote Eylandt, East Arnhem Land.
To deliver better housing for health, we must go back to what we know works, to the proven evidence-based solutions for design, construction, delivery and maintenance.
Communities in Cape York are among those with restricted access to mains water.
Some remote Australian communities have access to drinking water for only nine hours a day but can use ten times the average of urban households.
Mining is the biggest activity on Cape York - but is it the best way to use the land?
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Cape York's ecosystems are worth as much as the Queensland economy.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is calling for innovation to improve the lives of Indigenous people, but must beware of causing instability with new policies that dismiss everything before them.
Across Indigenous Australia, innovation is occurring locally, under the radar of government policies and support. We can look to this innovation and stop fixating on finding the elusive policy solution.
The humble spread gets caught up in the home brew debate.
Vegemite has been used for many things over the years. But claims it was used to brew alcohol in dry Indigenous communities had many asking if that was even possible.
Bush tucker is part of the connectedness with the land and each other that nourishes body and soul in Indigenous communities.
In Indigenous communities beset by tragedy and social problems, the connection to each other and to the land remains a powerful source of shared contentment and happiness.
The legacy of dispossession continues to this day.
How to communicate across centuries of misunderstanding and dispossession.
While plans to close ‘unsustainable remote communities’ have triggered recent protests, at the heart of the issue is the nature of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Decisions being made from on high about the fate of remote Indigenous communities are symptomatic of a continuing imbalance in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
In the seven years since the Northern Territory Intervention, a large body of evidence has been built up showing few if any benefits from compulsory - as distinct from voluntary - income management.
The mess of federal budget negotiations has taken over the limited space for social policy debates. However, we are due to get final reports on a range of inquiries. These include the McClure report on…