Organisational capacity for engaging with indigenous Australians

Richard Howitt*, Claire Colyer, Mitchell R. Hammer, Olga Havnen, Karen Huchendorf, Carol Hubert

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Community capacity building is a common goal for programmes and policies involving Indigenous peoples, but it relies heavily on organisational capacity to work effectively in intercultural settings. This paper reviews the organisational capacity of the senior leaders of Australian Red Cross and institutional efforts to build a culturally appropriate and respectful organisation. It reports results from a survey of the organisation's leadership team and follow-up interviews undertaken in 2010, reviews the challenges facing the organisation in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and considers institutional progress in building internal capacity to lead change in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The paper concludes with discussion of wider implications of this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalGeographical Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


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