Discovering the "underlying drivers of problems to achieve long term systemic change".
"Creating new ways for Aborigines and others to work together."
"Building capacity and innovating new approaches."
It's all part of an impressive agenda, but will Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) get its hands dirty and apply its objectives on the ground, where they are most desperately needed, right on its doorstep, here in Alice Springs?
That would, of course, require naming names – elected people not doing their job, highly funded yet inadequate or corrupt NGOs, incompetent government departments. Will DKA have the bottle?
On the day this week when the Alice Springs News Online spoke to CEO John Huigen about DKA's long-term plans we also visited Hidden Valley, one of Alice Springs' notorious town camps: there have been two recent attacks on police, with rocks and sticks; there was a stabbing killing late last year; camp dogs were eating people in 2008. Alcohol abuse is rife although its use is prohibited.
As we were talking to prominent camp dwellers Mark Lockyer and Patrick Nandy (pictured) in one house about overcrowding and unwelcome visitors, next-door police were taking away in handcuffs a man suspected of sexual assault.
Yet in that same camp is a "cluster" – a concept of which DKA is very fond – of people whom most would consider to be leading normal lives. By ERWIN CHLANDA with additional reporting by KIERAN FINNANE.
PHOTO: Patrick Nandy outside his mother-in-law's new house in Hidden Valley.
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks told Q&A's national audience on Monday: "We live in absolute poverty."
Do they? At the very least the residents of Utopia have income support in the form of Centrelink benefits.
Does "we" include her and her family?
They have a three bedroom house with airconditioning, according to someone familiar with Utopia, 250 km north-east of Alice Springs.
That person spoke with us after watching Q&A and on the condition of not being named.
Others might be sleeping rough, but sometimes it’s a choice: it's great for accessing the shop, a factor of transport rather than accommodation.
Sometimes camping rough is a necessity due to sorry business. No number of permanent housing will alleviate cultural expectations. Some
people have access to housing on nearby outstations.
A local artist living on a truck was one of the exhibits when Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, called in on his
one-day fact-finding mission.
But the artist's house on his nearby homeland was a fact not found by Mr Shetty because he wasn't made aware if it, our source suggests.
If he had, perhaps his finding would not have been that "around 500 homeland communities are being left to wither as the Government starves them of essential services". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Photo: Naronda William Loy, 21, with her daughter Karlishia Raggatt, 1, speak with Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty, at Mosquito Bore, Utopia, 8 October 2011. Courtesy Amnesty International.