Indigenous organisations and northern non-governmental organisations in Ecuador - partnership?
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This research explores the question ‘In a country where the Indigenous movement has been relatively successful, what were the interactions between international non-governmental organisations and Indigenous organisations?’ Sub questions include ‘What role did partnership play in these relationships?’, ‘How was capacity building done?’ and ‘What role did intermediary organisations play?’ Having worked internationally in NGO settings involving Indigenous people, in Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Australia, I was aware that approaches such as partnership and capacity building are promoted but appear to be difficult to put into practice. I felt that it would be useful to look at the relationship between Indigenous organisations and International NGOs in a context where the Indigenous movement is considered to be relatively successful. I hoped that by exploring a context other than Australia I could identify relevant challenges, alternate ways of working, and whether there are any implications that are relevant to Australia. The case study selected for analysis is that of the Indigenous movement of Ecuador, and its relationship with those International non-governmental organisations that support it, together with the role played by one of its strongest supporters, the intermediary Ecuadorian organisation the Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CDES). The research will explore the nature of the Indigenous movement, and the International NGOs that support the Indigenous movement, together with the relationships that exist between them.
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