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The INGO, the Project, and the Investigation of 'Indigenous Knowledge': The case of Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP)

Taylor, S; (2004) The INGO, the Project, and the Investigation of 'Indigenous Knowledge': The case of Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP). In: Bicker, A and Sillitoe, P and Pottier, J, (eds.) Investigating Local Knowledge: new directions, new approaches. (pp. 129-148). Ashgate Publishing Limited: Aldershot.

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Abstract

The emphasis on indigenous (or 'local') knowledge as the true measure of, and guide for, development has been championed by the non-government organisation. This development discourse has invoked a foundational political neutrality, situating aid beyond the State in an imperative of humanitarianism (paradoxically universal and local simultaneously). But there are problems with this approach. A detailed examination of the formation of a development project shows how political contest is both suppressed by, and yet embodied in, the INGO discourse of indigenous 'local' knowledge.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The INGO, the Project, and the Investigation of 'Indigenous Knowledge': The case of Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP)
ISBN: 0 7546 3230 X
Keywords: International NGOs, indigenous knowledge, projects
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/38824
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