As far as I am concerned it is difficult to give a forthright answer to this question although I think that there is always a pros and cons in any issue we deal with., but here we are talking about the survival of the indigenous cultures and languages. In fact, the cultural debate on the issue of ICT, its pros and cons is not going to die soon. It is for some a double-edged sword, for others a computer-mediated colonialism, but it can also be a powerful agent of change for the indigenous … [Read more...] about INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT): IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS CULTURES?
A Note from Executive Director and Chair, Dr. Franca Sciuto
Brazil — The new President Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in on January 1st. He feels emboldened to roll back rainforest protections and legitimize the police’s use of deadly force. According to a good article from The Guardian: “Brazil’s preeminent provocateur wrestled it straight into a Trumpian whirlpool of bluster and barminess.”. He portrays himself as a law and order candidate who will use force to “change Brazil”. All those who work tirelessly to help Indigenous People protect and … [Read more...] about A Note from Executive Director and Chair, Dr. Franca Sciuto
Rainforest Fund Comments to the World Bank on the Revised Economic and Social Framework
The World Bank has presented the Proposed Environmental and Social Framework for consultation. A new, revised set of standards seek to "ensure the delivery of an environmental and social framework which is more efficient and comprehensive," however, Rainforest Fund sees significant flaws in the proposed draft. It includes watered down standards making it easier for states to ignore the rights of indigenous peoples. … [Read more...] about Rainforest Fund Comments to the World Bank on the Revised Economic and Social Framework
A Note from RFUND’s Executive Director on Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Free, prior and informed consent can be understood as one of the main achievements of the indigenous movement, overcoming the old mentality that considered indigenous peoples as unable to decide their own future. … [Read more...] about A Note from RFUND’s Executive Director on Free, Prior and Informed Consent