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The Australian National University

Partnerships for Indigenous development: International development NGOs, Aboriginal organisations and communities

Working Paper 71 / 2010

Abstract

This paper outlines two pilot case studies which examine how international development non-government organisations (INGOs) conduct their work with Aboriginal organisations and communities in Australia. I was keen to explore how INGOs working with Indigenous communities and community organisations reflected the community development (or bottom–up) approaches which both the Indigenous sector and the INGO sector favour. This is in contrast to the service-delivery (or top-down) approach more common in government-funded programs. I also wanted to investigate the ‘partnerships’ operating between INGOs and Indigenous organisations or programs. ‘Partnership’ has become a word used to