Coffey International Development and Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities (NREC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signalling the building of a long-lasting relationship between Coffey and an Aboriginal Nation to support thriving local communities here in Australia.
Led by Clyde Rigney Jnr, Coffey Indigenous Consulting Director, and Bill Wilson, NREC Chief Executive Office, the MoU establishes a framework for cooperation between Coffey and NREC.
“This is a significant and important step for Coffey as we sign this MoU with the Ngarrindjeri nation,” Clyde said. “Through our connection with the Ngarrindjeri community, our first partnership with an Indigenous nation, Coffey is excited about bringing our international development expertise to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their development here in Australia.”
The Coffey and NREC partnership will aid cooperation and collaboration, particularly around the implementation of the Federal Government’s Empowered Communities Initiative, as well as implementation of joint research and evaluation activities and other projects that address goals of empowered and thriving Indigenous communities.
“A relationship with Coffey brings to our nation and organisation resources and specialist expertise, particularly in monitoring and evaluation, that will really support us in our regional development agenda,” NREC CEO Bill Wilson said. “NREC is excited to be signing this MoU, knowing it will be a strong partnership going forward.”
“Through our connection with the Ngarrindjeri community, our first partnership with an Indigenous nation, Coffey’s excited about bringing our international development expertise to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their development here in Australia.”
Coffey’s Indigenous Consulting business was established in 2019 and draws on a broad network of Indigenous leaders and advisers with deep experience working collaboratively with communities across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia. Coffey’s vision is to have strong and long-lasting relationships with Australian Indigenous communities that, over time, change the way we work, the insights we bring, and in Australia, the communities we partner with and projects we work on together.
The Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities works within the Ngarrindjeri Native Title region to work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to implement the Australian Government’s Empowered Communities initiative to support the continual empowerment of Aboriginal communities by Aboriginal people.