This article explores and examines the dynamics of indigenous approaches employed by local organizations in North Kordofan, Sudan. It demonstrates how these approaches have succeeded in achieving economic and human development. The article illustrates how people have been inspired by their own values and internal social relationships to create changes in their lives and the lives of others. The material is based on an empirical study conducted in 2006 and 2008, in which I used various qualitative research methods.
For remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, the world has changed completely and irrevocably in the space of a lifetime. Drawing on Jonathan Lear’s (2006) Radical Hope, the authors highlight the comparative struggles outlined in Lear’s reflection on the life of Crow Indian chief Plenty Coups.
Remote Indigenous school principals find themselves caught in the middle of system priorities and demands, the demands of running complex and busy local schools, and the expectations and needs of the local community. Remote communities often complain that they are not being listened to or “heard”, but the process of listening, hearing and understanding in the complex cultural context of remote Aboriginal communities is far more complex than a visit or a single conversation can achieve.