As the world celebrates Refugee Week this week, Refugee Week Ambassador Om Dhungel, a former refugee has launched a new consulting service to drive a paradigm shift in Refugee Settlement and Community Development – From Need-based approach to Strength-based approach. It redefines refugees with their strengths and also helps drive a sustainable resettlement model.
Australia is currently experiencing major changes in the social sector particularly with government reforms and funding model. It is a time filled with both uncertainty and real possibilities.
Mr Dhungel said “Refugee settlement and more broadly community development as well as human services delivery is currently driven largely through a ‘What do we need’ approach – thinking in terms of needs, problems and deficiencies such as unemployment, lack of education and training, youth issues and ageing.”