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Memorandum of Understanding Between Oxfam Community Aid Abroad and ATSIC/ATSIS

Category: Agreement
Date: 2003
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Subject Matter:Employment and Training
Summary Information:
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed between Oxfam Community Aid Abroad and ATSIC/ATSIS in early 2003.

The MOU aims to integrate a capacity development framework into the service delivery of ATSIC/ATSIS through the undertaking of joint development activities with Oxfam International.
Detailed Information:
The purpose of this MOU is to upgrade the skills and training of ATSIC/ATSIS officers for working with Indigenous communities within a 'capacity development' framework. This aim is to be achieved through joint development activities with Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, a community-based aid and development organisation.

The MOU will be trialed in three regional offices: Cairns, Queensland; Kalgoorlie, WA; and, Bourke, NSW. The training will consist of two stages. The first stage is for 'staff in regional offices to understand and implement a developmental approach.' The second stage is for 'regional managers and more senior staff to manage staff and programs in undertaking a developmental approach' (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2003).

Oxfam's capacity building approach is described as a 'process which engages those involved in the very substance of the development approach' (Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, September 2002). This is firmly centred within a rights based framework, whereby the five core rights are:

  • 'The right to a Sustainable Livelihood
  • The right to Basic Social Services
  • The right to Life and Security
  • The right to be Heard: Social and Political Citizenship
  • The right to Equity: Gender and Diversity'
    (Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, August 2003)

  • Related Entries

  • Oxfam Australia - Signatory
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) - Signatory
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services - Signatory

  • References

    General Reference
    Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (September 2002) Submission to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs: Inquiry into Capacity Building in Indigenous Communities
    Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (29 August 2003) Comment on ATSIC Review Panel Discussion Paper
    Oxfam Community Aid Abroad (2007) Website
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2003) Social Justice Report 2003 in 'Chapter 3: Indigenous participation in decision making -Transforming the relationship between government and Indigenous peoples.'


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