Localise the global MDGs – Listen to the real experts on the ground

A UNDP Policy Adviser on Poverty, MDGs and Human Development has an interesting story to tell. Several years ago, at a conference on the Darfur conflict, after the experts presented their research findings and contradicting suggestions, a Darfur pastoralist stood up and asked what they, the locals, should do. Came the reply from another local wise man: ‘Stop listening to the experts and outsiders.’ Continuing his story, the UNDP advisor says that, when it comes to MDGs acceleration, for example, views of those directly affected are important. A number of countries have successfully progressed in their MDG journeys by unlocking the bottlenecks of their existing strategies rather than developing new ones by listening to external experts. The MDG journeys should be guided by the real experts on the ground, he concludes.

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Original story http://www.developmentprogress.org/blog/2013/09/25/art-possible-listening-real-experts
MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

 

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A survival message from Columbia’s ‘elder brothers of humanity’

Twenty-five years ago, one of the world’s last, lost tribes – the Kogi – emerged from their remote mountainous region in Columbia to share a warning about humanity’s future. In 2008 they surfaced again, this time with a powerful new message, captured in Aluna, a groundbreaking documentary film. The Kogi possess a wealth of indigenous knowledge, which we may need in our current battle for survival in a changing climate. Showing us the delicate interconnections in nature, they paint the blood and breath of a thinking, feeling Earth. They want to change the way we see our planet. The tribe, who identify themselves as the ‘elder brothers’ of humanity, have now returned to their mountain. If we, their ‘younger brothers’, want to grow up or indeed survive, we need to change the way we see the Earth – from a set of separate habitats to a complex of interdependent systems….

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Original story: http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/culture/media/13816/they-show-thinking-feeling-earth/
Aluna, the movie: www.alunathemovie.com, www.facebook.com/alunamovie
Eradicating Ecocide campaign: www.eradicatingecocide.com
The Tairona Heritage Trust, www.taironatrust.org, a charity set up by Alan Ereira to help the Kogi community buy, and restore, land near their home


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