On 21st–22nd November 2016, the ACFID Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice hosted a forum in Canberra entitled Stories of Change through Effective Development Practice. The ninety participants included community representatives, development practitioners, academics and government representatives.
The forum explored successful community-led development processes around Australia, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their partners are putting principles of effective development into practice and achieving outcomes.
Some of the major themes that emerged included:
Models for engaging with remote communities
Flexible project design and action learning
Developmental assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools
Extended Project timeframes
Communities of practice
This report documents forum outcomes and learnings that can inform other engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia.
Australian Council for International Development 2017