The research conducted in this unique project the traces the idea of development as a ground-up, organic practice within a rural/remote tribal community in Papua New Guinea.
The Patea (Kukukuku) eco-enterprise research traces the idea of development as a ground-up, organic practice within a rural/remote tribal community. Research with the Kukukuku found that systematic ground-up approaches that respect local tribal knowledge and cultural protocols can effectively engage remote communities in development activities, with resultant economic and agricultural enterprises more likely to thrive as they draw support from individuals and the community. The key to self-sustainability and extension of such enterprises is the diffusion of key income-generating capacities through the community. Four pilot projects, including establishing a Women’s Enterprise and Agricultural Hub, were mobilised to support the community’s efforts at cultural preservation, local expertise development, self-governance and self-reliance. Integrated research on these projects yielded important new knowledge to inform effective remote community development strategy design and delivery.
Chief investigator: Yaso Nadarajah
Research interns: David Fisher and Benita John
Project sponsor: The Trust Company, Melbourne