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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.

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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

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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.”

BRAD COOKE

, Inner Sydney Regional Director, Jawun

West Kimberley

Cape York

Central Coast

East Kimberley

Goulburn Murray

Inner Sydney

North East

Arnhem Land

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara

Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands