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B. Roger Harris E Inclusion For Indigenous Peoples

  1. 1. E-Inclusion and Media for Indigenous Peoples Roger Harris Associates Roger W. Harris PhD Roger Harris Associates Hong Kong UNDP Workshop on E-Inclusion and Media for Indigenous Peoples The e-Bario Knowledge Fair 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007 6-8 December 2007
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><ul><li>Malaysia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nepal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vietnam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philippines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sri-Lanka </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thailand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taiwan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mongolia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indonesia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lao PDR </li></ul></ul>harris38@netvigator.com http://rogharris.org <ul><li>Promoting rural ICTs for poverty reduction since 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Major aid agencies; UN, WB, ADB, IDRC, APEC… </li></ul><ul><li>Start-up Social Enterprise; Asian Encounters; promoting pro-poor community based tourism through ICTs </li></ul><ul><li>9-year relationship with Bario, leading to the e-Bario Knowledge Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted with the organisation of the UNDP Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Drafted the e-Primer on E-Inclusion and Media for Indigenous Peoples </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summary highlights <ul><li>Indigenous peoples number around 300 million people, including ethnic minorities of Asia; most in China and India. </li></ul><ul><li>They represent about 5 % of the world’s population, but over 15 % of the world’s poor. </li></ul><ul><li>The UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Peoples are largely invisible in international development processes, such as the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers </li></ul><ul><li>International development processes do not propose Information and Communication Technologies for alleviating the problems of indigenous peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>As marginalised groups, indigenous peoples suffer the adverse effects of the digital divide. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Issues and challenges <ul><li>‘ e-Inclusion’ describes the use of ICTs to deliver material benefits to all members of society, emphasising that no groups of disadvantaged people should be left out. </li></ul><ul><li>The digital divide remains a serious impediment to e-inclusion for indigenous peoples </li></ul><ul><li>In Asia, e-inclusion is not an objective; it hardly exists in the vocabulary of most Asian governments, much less as a target for their indigenous peoples. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lesson learned <ul><li>Examples of the use of ICTs by indigenous peoples demonstrate their ability to deliver desirable benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>The value of pro-poor ICTs is greater for indigenous peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation with pro-poor ICTs has given rise to several national programmes for widely diffusing ICTs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The wider significance <ul><li>A review of MDG and PRSP implementation mechanisms. </li></ul><ul><li>Further infusion of ICTs and media within existing programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising among indigenous peoples’ organisations of the potential of media and ICTs. </li></ul><ul><li>Closer associations between governments, development organisations and indigenous peoples to develop and implement generic media and ICT applications addressing key concerns highlighted in the UN Declaration. </li></ul><ul><li>An indigenous peoples network for media and ICTs for enhanced levels of e-inclusion, </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships towards a better understanding of the problems, including better data. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Thank you Roger Harris Associates Roger W. Harris PhD Roger Harris Associates Hong Kong UNDP Workshop on E-Inclusion and Media for Indigenous Peoples The e-Bario Knowledge Fair 6-8 December 2007

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