The Australian Government, through the Department, has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (the Memorandum) on Indigenous Development Effectiveness 2012-17.
The Memorandum, with World Vision Australia, is a high level strategic document to inform and examine development practice across the portfolio of Indigenous affairs. Practical collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is key to the design and implementation of any initiatives that flow from this MoU.
This partnership represents another strong step towards achieving Closing the Gap outcomes and will assist the government working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to explore the lessons learnt from international development practice.
Under the arrangement the Government will draw on expertise and support from World Vision Australia to guide administrative processes and inform systems and structures necessary to support the government’s work with Indigenous communities.
The partnership will assist in developing the skills and capabilities of policy makers and practitioners in the Australian Public Service to consider and implement systems that will lead to Indigenous development effectiveness. The first step under consideration is the collaborative design of an initiative which can identify and demonstrate the changes that may be required to support effective community-driven development. This collaborative design step will involve extensive, practical engagement and participation with Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities.
World Vision has a global network, working in almost 100 countries with a staff of over 40,000 people. It is a highly regarded and experienced development agency with a proven track record of working with governments and communities both internationally and domestically, to bring about sustainable change for impoverished children and their families, not only economically but also more broadly in terms of capability and social participation.