Development is an economic, social, cultural, spiritual and ecological process that encourages the empowerment and wellbeing of individuals, communities and organisations to reduce poverty, enjoy and nurture basic human rights and independence, and work towards a future where the interdependence of economic and ecological sustainability is achieved.

Palms Australia believes that all people contribute to their own development, and we can contribute to the development of others only when invited to do so. Sustainable development derives from the coordinated and negotiated plans of the local community.  Palms Australia views partnerships with local communities as part of an ongoing and dynamic process of interaction, dialogue and negotiation within a work environment.

Palms Australia supports a development by preparing qualified and experienced professionals to build the capacity of individuals and institutions within a community. With the main objective being the exchange of skills and knowledge with members of the communities, Palms Australia volunteers work side by side with local people to develop the local skills and knowledge necessary for the communities to become self-reliant. All communities served by Palms Australia seek a future without dependence on money and handouts.

Palms Australia’s development philosophy shares the best practice principles outlined in the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID)‘s Practice Note for Responsible International Volunteering for Development. You can download a copy of the Practice Note here.

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