Ninti is regularly contracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for advice on development effectiveness and value-for-money on large and complex aid programs. This has involved using Ninti’s expertise in Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Timor Leste and Taiwan in a range of sectors. Ninti’s MD, Rod Reeve says that this work aligns with our stated mission of ‘Ninti is a professional services firm that works collaboratively with communities and relevant agencies to achieve social and economic development. Ninti draws on its long history of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and has developed the capacity to translate learning from this experience to a range of development contexts.’
Ninti was one of the first Indigenous suppliers to be engaged by DFAT under the Indigenous Procurement Policy. In February 2018, Rod and Sharon Forrester presented to 350 people at DFAT’s ‘Aid Supplier Conference’ at the ANU on the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Australia’s aid program. This followed Ninti’s presentation ‘International development and Indigenous Australia: ‘learning from each other’ at the Australasian Aid Conference at the ANU in 2015. Ninti also features in Devex articles on ‘Embedding an indigenous approach to development’.