Economic development

Getting Yolŋu Into Business
In 2014 I wrote a major report call “Getting Yolŋu into Business”. A copy of the 77 page report is available at http://www.whywarriors.com.au/2014/07/getting-yolnu-into-business/        The report covers a brief economic history of the Yolŋu people, looked at the…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 7 – Appropriate Financial Aid
As I mentioned previously, based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are four main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities: A local economy grows…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 6 – Recognising Pioneers and the Need for Flexibility
Based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are 5 main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from personal motivation and…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 5 – Building Indigenous economies from the ground up.
As I mentioned previously, based on our nine years of work in business development with  Indigenous families, I think there are five main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 4: Supporting Indigenous Motivation
In Part 3 of this series on the economics of remote communities, we discussed how personal motivation must be harnessed to challenge welfare dependency and drive locally controlled economic growth.  But how is such motivation harnessed and supported? 2. Supporting…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 3 – Moving Beyond Dependency
In the previous articles we saw that while is it wrong to say that Indigenous people make no contribution to their local economy, the monetary economy of  remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory today is a false economy, almost…
Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities Part 2 – Today’s Economy.
In the previous article I discussed some of the historical influences on the economy in the remote Indigenous communities of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  Briefly, it shows that Indigenous people have been moved from a position of traditional…
Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities – Part 1 History
There has been much discussion lately about economic development, ever since the Howard Government turned its attention to the capitalist potential of Indigenous communities and Aboriginal lands. As a result, policy and funding affecting Indigenous peoples have had a decided…
Understanding Indigenous “Poverty”- Making it History
In recent times the word "poverty" has been used broadly to refer to the situation in many remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. But for most people poverty conjures images of the poor from 3rd world slums. The Indigenous peoples of Australia face very different situations. I think it is worth stepping back and considering what Indigenous "poverty" has in common with the situation of the worlds poor. What can this tell us about how so called "Indigenous poverty" can be overcome.