ESRC/AHRC GCRF Indigenous Engagement programme
Following the success of the Indigenous Research Methodologies workshop in Rio de Janeiro in March 2019, the Peoples Palace hosted a webinar to continue the conversation.
The webinar took place on May 11 on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted indigenous communities worldwide and what a future seminar event might look like. It was an opportunity to address many topics including:
- the increasing number of UK-based scholars working among Indigenous peoples
- the international development research community across multiple disciplines
- the challenges when engaging with indigenous communities whilst ensuring effective knowledge mobilisation
- the areas where good practice is established, or additional work is required.
The online event brought together 57 participants from around the world and was an opportunity to learn how indigenous partners are being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
You can watch the full webinar on the Peoples Palace website.
Attention is increasingly being paid to the importance, potential and practice of working in collaborative partnerships with overseas researchers, practitioners, and indigenous communities to ensure local research traditions and knowledge are in-built from the outset and continuously mobilised in the research process. The ESRC and AHRC portfolio of GCRF projects engages with local indigenous communities spanning a wide range of countries and geographical regions which are beneficiaries of official development assistance (ODA). Whilst this engagement has its challenges, as well as importance, we recognise that there are a particular set of challenges that present for researchers in relation to communities that are perceived, or perceive themselves to be, ‘indigenous’.
In order to explore these challenges, ESRC and AHRC invited current and previous GCRF award holders to bid for funding to produce reflective pieces in conjunction with the indigenous researchers and communities with which they were working. 12 collaborative projects were selected, and the PIs and Indigenous partners from 10 different countries (Brazil, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Dominica) were brought together at a workshop in Rio de Janeiro in March 2019 to further explore these issues, with particular focus on culturally sensitive knowledge exchange, equitable co-creation and mobilisation for meaningful impact. ESRC and AHRC also commissioned a think piece summarising the global literature from the University of Glasgow. The Think Piece and 12 reflections are presented below.
UKRI is committed to ensuring that genuine, equitable partnerships and engagement are embedded within international working. The ongoing learning from this programme will inform future funding calls and activities with GCRF and other International Development programmes.
Introductory think piece:
Indigenous Engagement programme projects:
- Empowering indigenous communities in India through the use of design thinking methods (PDF, 334KB)
- Executive Summary: Indigenous Research Methods Case Study (Heritage/Takumã) (PDF, 232KB)
- Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Critical Perspectives and Creative Responses from a Latin American Indigenous Perspective (PDF, 125KB)
- ‘Resilient Pastoralism: Towards Sustainable Futures in Rangeland’ (PDF, 204KB)
- Participatory Indigenous Geography Research The Experience of the Guarani-Kaiowa in Brazil (PDF, 931KB)
- Debating Deforestation, Drought, and Development in Uganda (PDF, 282KB)
- Moving with Risk: Forced Displacement and Vulnerability to Hazards in Colombia (PDF, 662KB)
- Forging Enduring Connections in Kiribati (PDF, 441KB)
- The Kalinago of Dominica: Establishing an indigenous framework for the UNESCO ICH Convention - ‘Reflections from the field’ (PDF, 597KB)
- KUSWA: A case-study of indigenous participatory film-making in addressing gender violence and sorcery accusations, Papua New Guinea (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Racism and anti-racism in Brazil - the case of indigenous peoples (PDF, 44KB)
- Nubian traditional knowledge and agricultural resilience (PDF, 968KB)
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