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  • 1. Can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities? Development Futures Conference, Sydney 20 - 21 November 2013 Sophia Close, PhD Candidate ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies National Centre for Indigenous Studies
  • 2. Key research question Can Indigenous communities better engage with development systems to transform conflict and create self-determining development? National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2010
  • 3. Development-related Conflict Indigenous peoples experience peace and conflict in multiple ways; my research focuses on conflict that is exacerbated or triggered by development. National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2010
  • 4. Initial Field Results: Timor-Leste • Timing and sustainability • Culture and language • Leadership and elites • Duplication and gaps • Poor donor coordination • Many layers of existing conflict National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2010
  • 5. Relationships “Relationship is paramount.” International Development Practitioner 2009: Interview Source: Close 2010 National Centre for Indigenous Studies
  • 6. Consent / Choice Free prior and informed consent is a decisionmaking process that does not involve coercion, is made before interventions begin and includes understanding the full range of potential impacts. National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2013
  • 7. “Capacity Building” “We are driven by models which do not apply here. When people do it themselves they do it better”. Timorese Development Practitioner 2010: Interview National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2010
  • 8. Self-determined Development “Self-determination is also about the right to development…the right to make decisions that determine the path development should take”. (Nuttall 2008) National Centre for Indigenous Studies Source: Close 2010
  • 9. Thank you E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au National Centre for Indigenous Studies
  • 10. Thank you E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au National Centre for Indigenous Studies