The Fourth eBario Knowledge Fair: 12-15 November 2013
ICTs for Indigenised Development
The e-Bario Knowledge Fair (eBKF) is a bi-annual conference, held in the village of Bario, Malaysia, which showcases the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for rural development. It is organised by the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in conjunction with the local Bario community, bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers with the residents of Bario and the wider Kelabit indigenous people. The eBKF is a pioneering example of Development Conferencing, the process by which development specialists articulate their plans and share their ideas together with the people whose lives they are trying to improve, and in their own surroundings.
Fourth eBario Knowledge Fair - The Movie
eBKF4 addresses the use of ICTs for Indigenised Development
eBKF4 - the Fourth Knowledge Fair - adopts the theme of ICTs for Indigenised Development. Indigenous peoples around the world share a common range of particular challenges, relating to; the preservation of their languages and cultures; relationships to the lands that they occupy; discrimination and marginalisation; social exclusion and isolation; exploitation and deprivation of their natural resources; loss of identity; inadequate education and health care; and excessive poverty.
There are now many examples of the use of contemporary Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) that have delivered beneficial effects in alleviating some of the adversities that indigenous peoples face. From the experiences that are now coming to light, it is possible to suggest that many of the core characteristics of ICTs lend themselves well to solutions for the problems that indigenous people face and are key components for indigenising development.
Despite this, dominant societies continue to follow assimilationist policies in the name of development for all, and in many cases it has become clear that such approaches have had dire consequences for indigenous peoples, pushing entire societies into new conditions of poverty and even extinction. One potential alternative is to indigenise development: to put it to work on behalf of indigenous peoples.