RE: The pervasive power of western evaluation culture: how and in what ways do you wrestle with ensuring evaluation is culturally appropriate and beneficial to those who legitimise development aid? | Eval Forward

Evaluations and evaluators face the challenge of trying to understand and adequately prioritise indigenous knowledge, values and practices. This will enable them to achieve successful results.  

Indigenous people protect and conserve 80% of global biodiversity. Their sustainable management of biodiversity is fundamental to food security, nutrition, health and development.   

Indigenous principles and values are based on a DEEP AND HARMONIC RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE. Indigenous people advocate caring for Mother Earth –our home– as it provides the guidelines on good living and everything required to sustain the spirit of life and coexistence. They also promote THE CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSE, THE RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING BEINGS, THE IMPORTANCE OF ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE, THE RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN and, finally, THE COMMUNAL SENSE OF LIFE.

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