1.2.2 A PLACE-BASED FOCUS IS CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE AND EFFECTIVE
Jawun believes a place-based focus is the best cultural
fit for Indigenous communities, and the most effective
way to address complex socio-economic challenges.
Place is fundamental to the culture and identity of
Indigenous communities worldwide.
This is why Jawun
puts such importance on its Regional Directors living
in-place to become deeply integrated into communities.
Local knowledge helps them understand the landscape
of Indigenous organisations, community leaders, and the
complex ties that bind people together. They appreciate
the nuances of how disadvantage manifests, and can
identify key areas where additional capacity will
effectively drive systems-level, local change.
“Place-based strategies focus on the whole set
of issues a community faces and tackle those
issues in tandem to improve a comprehensive
and common results framework, taking
advantage of the synergy achieved by
addressing multiple issues at once.”
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
, Impact in Place
FIGURE 1: Jawun’s eight regions all have a place-based Regional Director
“My job as Regional Director focuses on working with the Inner Sydney communities to identify how
Jawun can best support them to progress their priorities with corporate and government secondees.
Because I am from the region, I am able to use my local knowledge and existing relationships to channel
Jawun’s support in the most effective way. I also provide a presence on the ground, which I think is
reassuring for both the secondees and for the organisations they are seconded from.”
, Inner Sydney Regional Director, Jawun
Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands