Can development transform conflict
in Indigenous communities?
Development Futures Conference, Sydney
20 - 21 November 2013...
Key research question
Can Indigenous
communities better
engage with
development
systems to transform
conflict and create
s...
Development-related Conflict
Indigenous peoples
experience peace
and conflict in
multiple ways; my
research focuses on
con...
Initial Field Results: Timor-Leste
• Timing and
sustainability
• Culture and language
• Leadership and elites
• Duplicatio...
Relationships

“Relationship
is
paramount.”
International Development Practitioner
2009: Interview

Source: Close 2010

Na...
Consent / Choice
Free prior and informed
consent is a decisionmaking process that
does not involve
coercion, is made befor...
“Capacity Building”
“We are driven by
models which do not
apply here. When
people do it
themselves they do it
better”.
Tim...
Self-determined Development
“Self-determination is
also about the right to
development…the
right to make
decisions that
de...
Thank you
E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au

National Centre for Indigenous Studies
Thank you
E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au

National Centre for Indigenous Studies
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Sophia Close - How can development transform conflict in Indigenous communities?

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 5. Relationships “Relationship is paramount.” International Development Practitioner 2009: Interview Source: Close 2010 National Centre for Indigenous Studies
  6. 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. 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. 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. 9. Thank you E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au National Centre for Indigenous Studies
  10. 10. Thank you E-mail: sophia.close@anu.edu.au National Centre for Indigenous Studies

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