Focus area
Indigenous Peoples & Development: 8 case studies for a peaceful and plentiful planet

Discover the good practices and lessons learned regarding indigenous peoples development through the experiences from eight case studies that are presented in this report, with examples of successful practices and approaches in World Bank-financed projects that have had positive impacts on indigenous communities, specifically along one or more of the thematic areas.

The goal of this study is to initiate a process for developing a better understanding of good practices for the sustainable development of indigenous peoples, to enhance the capacity of the Bank and its partners in developing projects that support culturally appropriate development activities for indigenous peoples, and to advance the effective application of the Bank’s policy on indigenous peoples.

Projects and Programmes
Indigenous Peoples & economic inclusion: example of a Māori Business Network

Te Awe Wellington Māori Business Network is a non-profit organisation and was established in 1996. It is the oldest Māori Business Network operating in New Zealand. Te Awe has a strong membership base representing small to medium sized businesses through to large corporate companies.

Te Awe's purpose is to promote, assist and encourage Māori in business through regular networking Hui where Maori business owners meet and share their business successes and challenges. Non Maori business people can also take advantage of our Associate Membership option.

We Are Humanity

The Jarawas are the last descendants of the first humains.

Somewhere on this planet, there still exists a secret place isolated from the rest of the world. The last untouched paradise where the first humans are still living the same way from the beginning of humankind. They are the Jarawas.

Director Alexandre Dereims whose documentaries have received numerous awards (international prize of the Red Cross, Albert London prize, Golden Nymph of Monaco), he gives the floor to this people in danger while launching a petition to sanctuarise the islands where they survive in his most recent film:

We Are Humanity / Nous sommes l'Humanité (2017). 

On the Andamas Islands, off India, in an isolated place from the rest of the world, the Jarawas still live as at the beginning of humanity. Having come from Africa 70,000 years ago, they are only 400 and their way of life is threatened by the Indian settlers who want to transform their territory by exploiting the forests and by transforming these islands in tourist paradise.

They are the ancestors of the Asian people and the American natives.

Today, there is only a population of 400 people left.



Cultures with Vivendi: Intercultural Dialogue

This section provides bridges between continents, invites to learn more about other cultures and fosters a spirit of openness via a number of testimonials and reports.

"Culture(s) with Vivendi" is in line with Vivendi's corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to promote cultural diversity, facilitate access to knowledge, encourage the expression of talent and participation in cultural life, and promote a spirit of openness.

Launched on 21 May 2012, Culture(s) with Vivendi aims at providing a concrete illustration of the role played by cultural and creative industries in fostering economic growth, enhancing social cohesion and fuelling innovation. The website is composed of four parts:

  • the "Artist Inspiration" section shows the diversity of musical and cinematographic influences that help artistic creativity to flourish;

  • the "Creative jobs" section presents the value chain and the wealth of career paths within the cultural industries, explained by actual professionals in the field

  • the "Intercultural Dialogue" section demonstrates the linkages between culture and mutual understanding;

  • the "De Facto" section puts culture at the heart of sustainable development through facts and figures, testimonies and reports. "De Facto"  is a forum for those to want to highlight the linkages between culture, human development, openness, access to knowledge and fight against poverty. It serves as a resource center gathering the statements on why and how culture should be integrated within the new world sustainable development agenda and the Millennium Goals that will be agreed on for 2015-2030.

Communication and cultures

Miguel Peyró is a Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Seville) and he is interested in the study of intercultural contact from a semiotic / communicative perspective. His blog reflects his interests and viewpoints about intercultural communication. In his articles, he analyzes intercultural "misunderstandings" and "shocks" as basic communicative failures, that is to say mismatches in any or all elements of communicative process, more than as general problems of "empathy" with the Others.

Empathy is indeed a crucial issue of the process of intercultural contact, but he also tries to analyze it from a semiotic perspective (using the linguistic concept of 'acceptability').

Miguel Peyró's ultimate aim is to explain that communication in diversity is perfectly possible without the participants in this process must give up in any way their own cultural worldviews. 

Projects and Programmes

For 12 long months, young people learned to do things differently, in a sustainable and efficient way. Training sessions in life skills, entrepreneurship, coaching sessions, educational expeditions and retreats were the menu of their learning.


Context Matters: An Ethiopian Case Study Adapting Leadership Development Methods to Serve Different Cultures

This paper elaborates how to contextualize leadership development tools and practices for an African audience, focusing specifically on a case study of LBB work with healthcare leaders working in remote areas of western Ethiopia.

Constructing Intercultural Dialogues

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes Constructing Intercultural Dialogues.

These provide concrete examples of how actual people have managed to organize and hold intercultural dialogues, so that others may be inspired to do the same.

Videos on how to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate medical care

These videos include guides on how to work with an interpreter and how to approach cultural and religious differences with patients. 

Enhancing Cultural Competency A Resource Kit for Health Care Professionals

This resource kit was jointly developed by the Alberta Children’s Hospital/Child and Women’s Health Diversity Program Coordinator, and the Program Facilitator, Mental Health Diversity Program (2002-2007), with the assistance of a project worker, in response to an identified staff need for easily accessible information on cultural diversity. The information is intended to assist health professionals in providing culturally competent care to individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.