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Engaging Indigeneity in Development Policy


  • Melissa Marschke
  • David Szablowski
  • Peter Vandergeest


This article explores how development programming in rural poverty and the environment can work with indigenous peoples. It draws on research conducted in Asia and Latin America to suggest how indigeneity can be understood as specific kinds of marginalisation intersecting with self-identification and recognition as indigenous. Current obstacles to effective engagement with indigenous peoples are outlined, and suggestions are offered for pro-actively addressing their experience. Two critical areas where there are opportunities for donors to support indigenous peoples' priorities include 'FPIC' (Free Prior and Informed Consent) and a careful consideration of the implications of niche-market engagement. Copyright (c) The Authors 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Melissa Marschke & David Szablowski & Peter Vandergeest, 2008. "Engaging Indigeneity in Development Policy," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(4), pages 483-500, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:4:p:483-500

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