A proposal for capacity building in the African-Australians in Goulburn Valley: a case study on ‘Co-Learning, Development Enhancement, and Knowledge Management of ‘Emerging Communities’ in rural/regional Australia
Nsubuga-Kyobe, Apollo, and Sivamalai, Sundram (2009) A proposal for capacity building in the African-Australians in Goulburn Valley: a case study on ‘Co-Learning, Development Enhancement, and Knowledge Management of ‘Emerging Communities’ in rural/regional Australia. AFBE Journal, 2 (2). pp. 92-109.
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In 2007 a ‘needs analysis’ was conducted on the African-Australians cohorts in the Goulburn Valley/Murray aimed at exploring how settlement needs could be addressed in ways would enhance the recent arrivals not to migrate to other places. After analyzing the data, it became apparent that ‘capacity building’1 in the cohort was among the high needs. The critical settlement needs were identified using triangulated methods (of survey, in-depth interviews and literature review). The findings indicated that certain settlement needs required more immediate attention in relation to others. As well, prioritising using concepts like ‘Hierarchy of Learning Out-Comes’ were deemed vital so as to enhance Co-Learning and also aimed to achieve staged developmental outcomes. The participants in the study ranked the following as key needs for their longer time survival in the region and integration with the community: job (number 1); housing (number 2); Competent in the English language; qualification recognition; access to health care; child care; transport; community connectionand support; welfare support; appropriate interpreters; respect; sporting; education institutions in region and an African Cultural School. Among other objectives for this study was to minimise Human Capital Stagnation’ and focus to possibilities of improving settlement outcomes not only to the members if recently arrived communities as the region by tapping new ideas (if any). Mentoring one of tools of Human Resource Development (HRD) was identifies as one of the best approaches. It was seen to be well suited as it would use concepts of ‘adult learning processes’. As well, it has been envisaged as being the one of the best mechanism by which transformation (capacity building) would occur. Therefore, this paper develops a conceptual model on how capacity building could be brought about. Indeed, it serves as a case study of Co-learning, Development Enhancements, and inducing growth through knowledge management of emerging communities in the rural/regional setting. This paper concludes with a proposed model by which the capacity building could be brought about within the given cohorts and the region’s circumstances.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Date Deposited:||23 Sep 2009 01:53|
|FoR Codes:||20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare @ 100%|