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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Rooting Change: Indigeneity and Development

Rooting Change: Indigeneity and Development

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(p.221) Chapter 13 Rooting Change: Indigeneity and Development
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International Development
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Maivân Clech Lâm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.003.0014

International development, which took off after the Second World War, remained for fifty years the province of government officials and private experts bent on bringing “progress” to targeted areas. Later, as development practice spread globally, new actors emerged to contest both its goal and methods. The world's indigenous peoples, for one, campaigned, starting in the 1970s, for their right to participate alongside states in matters that affect them. The UN recognized this right in 2007 when it adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In sum, the instrument offers a normative basis for indigenous peoples, who typically experience development as transgress more than progress, to move from a position of victimhood in this area to one of co-authorship. Indeed, the Declaration requires UN agencies and states to actualize the agency of indigenous communities, and also incorporate their cultural values, in the planning and execution of development projects.

Keywords:   indigenous people, self-determination, territoriality, intellectual property, informed consent, agency, normativity, indigenity

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