The AHED Project - Supporting Indigenous Visionaries
AHED fills a service gap in remote communities to:
The AHED facilitation service
AHED Enterprise Facilitators are embedded in the community to ensure their availability to the local people, to respond when asked (and only when asked) to assist the visions of local people. Clients engaging facilitators are guided in analysis of their endeavour and supported in their endeavour with the human and material resources necessary where limitations exist that are beyond the capacity of the clients. Facilitators also play an educational role, using cross-cultural educational methodologies and the local Indigenous language and cultural concepts to fill knowledge gaps. Facilitators work in the local language to allow effective exchange of cultural knowledge. The focus is always on supporting the client, not the enterprise, ensuring that the client can maintain complete control of and are primary participants in their endeavour.
Our AHED team is working from Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island
Remote Indigenous communities
Remote Indigenous people face many difficulties in their communities; widespread health problems, low levels of education, and poor rates of employment. However, few existing services are able to provide for local community and economic development, or tackle the entrenched welfare dependency that underlies much Indigenous disadvantage. Most personnel are so busy providing basic services or implementing external government policy that no one is available for responding to local motivation.
The Indigenous people of north east Arnhem Land, have many ideas, and visions for their future development. Visions to start their own businesses, desires to learn new skills, visions to live and trade from their lands, dreams of independence and to control their future. But when an Indigenous person wants to start a new enterprise they are limited by cultural barriers, and poor education about the mainstream social, legal and economic systems.
Clear strategies are needed to deal with the challenges that exist in remote Indigenous communities. This project brings together two complementary methodologies to effectively support local aspirants.
The 'Enterprise Facilitation' model developed by Ernesto Sirolli defines facilitator roles, attitudes and engagement with clients to prevent the abuse of the facilitator services, discourage dependency behaviours and maximise clients success through careful analysis of client motivation, management and human resources.
The cross-cultural capacity building methodologies of Aboriginal Resource Development Services (ARDS) and Why Warriors Pty Ltd, ensure facilitators are able to overcome the cross-cultural communication and educational difficulties when supporting remote Indigenous visionaries. The application of effective cross-cultural, cross-language skills enables the Enterprise Facilitation model to be effective for Indigenous communities.
Find out more about AHED
Find out more about Why Warriors' work in Indigenous business development