David Fisher supported an alternative development and research project led by a Senior Research Fellow as part of his internship with the Centre for Global Research.
"I have been lucky enough to work as an intern at the Centre throughout 2013–2014, supporting an alternative development and research project led by Senior Research Fellow Dr Yaso Nadarajah.
"I came into the project tasked with building a research collection to support a collaborative book being developed by Yaso and members of the Kukukuku (Patea) community of Papua New Guinea (PNG). This led me to the National Library, National Archives and ANU in Canberra where I collected historical accounts of western engagement with the Kukukuku community. More recently, I accompanied Yaso on a trip to PNG in January 2014, to assist in the filming of a documentary and project update. It has been a gift to be part of an unfolding development story and to witness first-hand a community mobilising together with Yaso for its own betterment.
"Personally the most valuable insight I've drawn is to see how partnerships, in the fullest sense of the term, can develop when those involved act from a place of respect, trust, and a deep commitment to our shared humanity."