Tribal Strategies – Power through Participation

mango wideTribal Strategies is a boutique consulting firm specialising in helping organisations convert their visions and creative ideas into achievable, inspiring strategies and operational plans. We can assist with research, visioning workshops, strategic planning exercises, project planning, community consultations and evaluations.

In all our work, Tribal Strategies focuses on harnessing wisdom from across traditions, cultures and tribes and we aim to combine creativity, mindfulness and rigour. We are passionate about community, change and development.

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Key staff

Principal and Director

Dr Tim Budge is a development professional with over 30 years’ experience in international development, community organising and education.

He has held senior management positions in Australian charitable organisations, as well as postings at Country Director level for International NGOs.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons – Monash), a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Swinburne) and a PhD in Development Studies.

He is a skilled communicator and a strong analytical thinker.3263000


What others have said about Tribal Strategies and the company’s director and founder Tim Budge:


(ABCD work – Gaza) “You cleared the rust from my brain!”


“We appreciate much your teaching approach. Your excellent teaching skills and courteous personality has helped the team tremendously to understand the approach.”


“I found Tim’s approach refreshing and enlightening: he demonstrated how an ‘evaluation’ facilitated by an outsider could still be genuinely participatory, emphasising the learning experience for the participants (many of whom had no experience) and ways of recognising and valuing local knowledge in local form, rather than simply extracting and taking ownership of data for external purposes.”


“Tim delivered two engaging, informed and stimulating lectures for my third year international studies course on development. My students loved his style, and the content of his lectures was spot on.”

Management and Mentoring:

“He leads naturally and is truly invested in each individual’s professional progress, while also caring about their wellbeing. Tim gave me the autonomy to work towards my objectives, while also giving much insightful advice about how to navigate the very different environment I found myself working in.”

Leadership and Strategy:

“I admire the way Tim approaches leadership within a global organization – never afraid to propose new strategic directions that do not always fit in with the global definition of what should work.”3263000

Who we have worked with


Over the decades Tribal Strategies clients have been diverse. They include:


  • UK Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Plan International
  • Africare
  • Tropical Health and Education Trust
  • World Vision International
  • PATH


  • Westgate Health Co-op
  • Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
  • Anglican Overseas Aid
  • Plan International Australia
  • Baptist Union of Victoria3263000