A core mandate of the Institute is supporting community development activities that are based on capability building, volunteer service based on "on ground" and in the field. Activities are free of politics, self-promotion and hidden agendas. We focus on providing individuals and communities the physical, skill, mental and spiritual capabilities to selflessly aspire and take action to transforming their lives and the life of their communities.

Additionally, because of the wealth of "field" experience of Institute members who have worked in community development projects, we also offer professional services in developing, managing and evaluating development projects to both the private and public sectors. Our staff draw from a wealth of experience working at the community grassroot as well as at government level. We have worked on international and domestic based project assignments as well as working with Australian Indigenous Communities.

"Service" is at the heart of our work

At the heart of many of the world's problems is individualism often operating unconsciously at the personal level negatively affecting individuals and their relationships. Far too often, community development work concentrates on material goals or "if you do this you get this."

The core philosophy in our development work concentrates on helping people change "the self", being conscious of their actions the negative forces around them, then working with them to bring positive change: to aspire to higher personal and professional values and action steps to realise these changes in their life. It is this changing of "the self" that is at the core of the Institutes community capability building because it is the individuals in a community that act to change things for the better and influence others to do the same. It is this principle that brings long-term change to communities.

Institute members support community development on a practical level and recognise the importance to also give people the capabilitiy to get out of negative situations such as using our training strengths to improve an individuals poor communication, literacy or employment skills. We achieve this through volunteer education and training programs and to private and public organisations, through Community Development commercial services.

Members of the Institute believe in "giving without acknowledgement." The point of service is that one gives because they care for others, not for self-promotion. For this reason, community development projects are not advertised or elaborated. Please contact us if you want more information about them.

Junior youth empowerment project

This project encompasses most Australian States and some countries of the Pacific region (New Zealand, Paupa New Guinea, Kiribas, Fiji, Tonga).

The objective of the project is to empower and develop the capabilities of junior youth and to enable them to take positive action towards service projects for their own communities. A key principle is the empowerment of the youth so they take charge of their own progress and development. This is enabled through helping individuals identify and practice responsibility in action, good leadership, positive relationships and language, good personal and professional self management. The project also focuses on giving them the capability to pass on this learning to others so they may also gain these capabilities to facilitate lasting and positive change to the community.

"...As members of a community, each individual has a responsibility to contribute to the advancement of the whole. To be empowered to recognize this high calling, conscious leaders play an important role in supporting the members of their community. The Young Leaders Program aims to develop capacity within participants to recognize the inner qualities that must be strengthened to bring about a better world. The program maintains that the building of a better world begins with a strong sense of purpose to improve oneself and contribute to the upliftment of others. Through discussions, the formulation of plans and community visits, program participants are assisted to recognize constructive and destructive social forces and to align themselves with thoughts and actions that contribute to social progress..."
- excerpt from one of the Institutes Program Coordinators (B. Edis)

Professional community development services


Each year despite rigorous effort and an enormous outlay of funds, there is an increasing recognition that traditional approaches and business models to address community problems are proving ineffective. Solutions are no longer the responsibility of a single organization or sector. Instead, initiatives engaging people and communities as active participants–based on deep understanding of their cultures, values, aspirations and needs–are proven to drive solutions to complex societal challenges.

How can we improve the effectiveness of worthwhile projects and programs?
Building on clients' existing capacity, the Australian National Institute for Training and Development provides you with quality consulting to equip you with tools, knowledge and skills to gain most from your projects. We combine years of capacity building experience with participatory approaches, attention to gender integration, and respect for local and existing knowledge to develop innovative, practical and sustainable solutions.

Institute services

The Institute helps clients in the public, private, and social sectors. Our multidisciplinary teams can co-create new solutions with clients and help evolve those critical solutions beyond the concept and pilot phases. We focus on strengthening processes where an array of interwoven players participate to bring about lasting changes to organizations and community. The types of services we provide are:

Funding effectiveness
  • Review of your processes for financial sustainability and extend of revenue; how budgets overcasts match resources and outcomes.
Project and program design
  • Working with you to design projects and programs with clear, realistic and measurable outcomes to improve program quality and effectiveness;
  • We review your project designs and portfolios to improve program quality.
Performance management
  • Building Capacity for performance management, learning and accountability.
Program evaluation: Evaluation is a platform for learning, accountability and focused strategy
  • To evaluate systematic assessment of effects on individual households, institutions, and the environment caused by a given project, program or policy;
  • To evaluate programs during the project life;
  • To evaluate with central objectives to foster participation, learning and empowerment among stakeholder, in particular staff and volunteers which will lead Improve human resource management and volunteer recruitment;
  • Develop capacity for evaluation & building organizational skills to achieve results.
Impact evaluation
  • Measure social impact of the methodological approach, bearing in mind that each evaluation occurs in a unique operating environment.
Strategic planning
  • Strategic Planning for Organizations and Teams creating a shared vision, mission and strategy with measurable results for an organization, team or operating unit; creating a culture for strategic management & effectiveness of work carried out.
Team Effectiveness
  • Team Planning Meetings as harnessing the creativity, collective wisdom and energy of diverse teams contributes to achieving planned milestones. This will contribute to creating strong culture of leadership in the organization or community.
  • Organization to implement regular training for staff and volunteers—helps organizations achieve a higher level in attaining intended milestones;
  • Training for facilitation techniques–impart capacity in organization for facilitation and training.

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E.F. Schumacher (1999)

Schumacher, E.F. (1999). Small is beautiful. Hartley and Marks Publishers, London.
ISBN 0 88179 169 5.

Paulo Freire (1993)

Freire, P. (1993). Pedagogy of the oppressed. Penguin Publishing, London.
ISBN 978 0 140 25403 7

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