IEP has been operating in Cape York in its current form since 2001. In 2006 we established an office in the Goulburn/Murray district of Victoria.
In 2010 IEP commenced working in the Redfern/Waterloo area of Sydney and the East Kimberley region in Western Australia.
Its development was driven by a group of individuals who were inspired by Noel Pearson's Our Right To Take Responsibility (2000) which articulated the existence of 'passive welfare' in Indigenous communities and the need to create a 'real economy'.
IEP has used this as their underlying philosophy. Our objective is to foster economic and social development, focusing on long-term, sustainable impacts that would help break the cycle of welfare dependency.
The vision of establishing partnerships between corporate, private philanthropy and Indigenous leaders was formed and Cape York was selected as the first trial site. In line with this approach, corporate and philanthropic partners began working through, and in line with, the strategies and aspirations of the Indigenous leaders and their organisations.