Poverty Alleviation in Indigenous Australia

By Sivaram Vemuri and Julian Tyacke Gorman.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Strategies to develop in a sustainable manner have been in vogue since time immemorial. However, what has altered is that, up until recently, these attempts were more of a functional nature. The present paper is concerned with design issues related to development on Indigenous lands in remote regions of the Northern Territory, Australia. Purposefulness to achieve sustainable development has led to calls for effective use of natural resources, which requires a perceptible shift in thinking about use of wild life. In the case of Aboriginal Australia, it relates to the changing face of the Aboriginal economy. This involves adopting a more market-based approach for use of Aboriginal services. It also requires a very people-centered approach, which must be inclusive of the values that are important to the individual communities. A framework based on “fee for service” activities is required, which would allow the flexibility to incorporate local context for poverty alleviation in a global environment, using natural and cultural resources.

Keywords: Natural Resource Utilization by Poor, Capital Substitution, De-centralized Management, Community Based Management

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.19-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.163MB).

Sivaram Vemuri

Associate Professor, School of Law and Business, Faculty of Law, Business and Arts, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Siva Ram Vemuri (Ram) received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Arts from the University of Bombay, and his Doctorate from the University of Birmingham, England. Since 1976, Ram has worked in various academic institutions including the University of Birmingham (England), Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), Yarmouk University (Jordan), and the University of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby). Currently, he is an associate professor of economics at Charles Darwin University (Darwin). His research expertise is in the area of interdisciplinary environmental management, health care planning, macroeconomic management, economic impact assessment and sustainable development, the role of indigenous knowledge systems in decision making, and natural resource management including waste management.

Julian Tyacke Gorman

Research Fellow, Livelihood and Policy Theme , Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Julian has worked in the Northern Territory of Australia for the last 11 years and has a botany and resource management background. During this time, he has been involved in research related to the utilisation of wildlife as an enterprise development option for Aboriginal communities. In addition to looking at the opportunities and barriers that exist, he has in the last 4 years been seconded to the Northern Land Council to assist Aboriginal communities in developing enteprises in this area. An integral component of this work is ensuring ecological, economic, social and cultural considerations are taken into account. Julian is interested in participatory planning techniques and models to progress indigenous livelihoods which are more community-driven and focused.