Question. How many consultants does i2i have? Answer. Thousands.
Deploying Consultants and Advisors
Over generations, countries with indigenous populations have witnessed an increasing number of indigenous peoples graduating from university or colleges, undertaking professional careers (e.g. doctors, teachers, health care, entrepreneurs, managers, scientists, academics) and remaining proud of their culture.
There are many thousands of these talented indigenous professionals across the globe, and as an intermediary, i2i is very fortunate to engage them in the delivery of advisory, consulting and management services targeting indigenous peoples in whichever country or region. For example, i2i has deployed two Torres Strait Islander and three Aboriginal Australian female teachers, to Vanuatu to capacity develop indigenous school teachers, and, deployed two indigenous Mapuche Chileans and an Indigenous Australian professional to support indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon.
Delivering International Development Assistance
‘Culturally Appropriate International Aid’
i2i is actively involved in contributing to the delivery of international development assistance (IDA) for donors, including Australian Aid and Inter-America Development Bank. It is strategically targeting the Indo-Pacific and Latin American and Caribbean market. I2i has advisors with over 20 years of IDA experience who professionally contribute to tender proposals, program design and delivery, and nomination and selection of sectoral advisors.
i2i has demonstrated its capability and capacity in several sectors. Notwithstanding its strategic targeting of indigenous professionals in the delivery of aid programs, it has engaged non-indigenous professionals in specialist sectors. We access indigenous professionals across a range of sectors including education, health, governance, anti-violence against women, agribusiness, private sector development, employment and training, human resources, entrepreneurship, gender equality and social inclusion, human trafficking, research, leadership, climate change, environmental management, etc.
For example, i2i has deployed five indigenous teachers to a Pacific Island to capacity develop local indigenous school teachers in teaching methods, literacy and numeracy curriculum development, teacher in-service training and school leadership. As indigenous teachers, each having over twenty years’ experience, they bring experience integrating their own culture into education which will inform the Island teachers how to embed their culture
Indigenous Economic Development
An area of strong commitment from within i2i owners and advisors is indigenous economic development. Drawing on a global wealth of indigenous entrepreneurs and business-minded professionals, i2i work with governments, donors and private sector clients to advise indigenous communities on models for sustainably participating in the economy. Our advisors have direct experience in the establishment of successful indigenous owned enterprises in both Indo-Pacific and Latin American regions.
i2i acknowledge indigenous peoples have been largely marginalised following colonisation. While they were originally the founders of enterprise, trading and innovation, they were isolated from participating in the economy. i2i works alongside indigenous communities globally to foster their return to their historical status as economic leaders. First peoples could only survive for thousands of years if they participated in the economy, sustainable food production, environmental management, leadership, safety, managing human resources, etc.
For example, in 2018, i2i was invited by the Peruvian Government to accompany them to meet with indigenous communities in the Amazon. The goal was to increase their awareness of alternatives for investing funding into the community, with our focus being sustainable enterprises development. The i2i advisory team included indigenous professionals and entrepreneurs from Australia, Chile, Canada and Peru.