Indigenous issues continue to be one of the key leadership challenges for Australia.
In addition, there is growing international focus on the significant benefits of building platforms focused on women’s economic empowerment to support women to help themselves, support their families and communities, connect to markets and access financial services.
The Foundation is delighted to be supporting a collaboration to develop the Menzies Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. In partnership with Good Return and Kimberley Jiyigas, this program will support indigenous women in the Kimberley. Supported by Indigenous Business Australia, the first workshop took place in August 2020 in the East Kimberley. Over 80 women connected with each other over the two days. The second workshop in the West Kimberley is scheduled to take place in April 2021.
As an additional support and to complement the initiative the Foundation is delighted to have accepted an invitation to join Swinburne University as an industry partner to support Cindy Mitchell, CEO, The Millhouse Ventures, to undertake a PhD focused on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and indigenous leadership.
One of the key aspects of the Foundation’s catalytic approach is to ensure that each initiative is informed by research to ensure deep knowledge insights inform the work and an impact and evaluation framework which provides evaluative insights to support strategy development. Supporting the nexus between research and evaluation is an important pillar of each incubator and provides the context for innovation and the emergence of new approaches.