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The potential for endogenous development for indigenous communities: A comparative study of indigenous realities in Southeast Mexico

Summary


In view of the shortcomings of classic development approaches it is discussed if and to what degree Endogenous Development approaches could be considered suitable for achieving economic development of indigenous people. Endogenous Development directly refers to growth processes and capital accumulation from territories that have their own institutions and culture on which investment decisions are made. That is to say Endogenous Development means growth from within. Accordingly, it builds on the existing skills, capacities and social networks of indigenous groups and thus respects the important role that self-sufficiency has in indigenous communities. This allows maintaining a high level of independence and autonomous decision making. Most importantly such an approach would respect the important role that self-sufficiency has in indigenous communities. Moreover according to Endogenous Development family structures, culture and social values of the community also have the potential to limit or help expand local development. However Endogenous Development approaches have been implemented in limited indigenous communities, Thus there is room for researching if and to what degree Endogenous Development can effectively work  in the context of Mexican indigenous communities.

 

Supervision:

 
  Prof. Dr. Benno Pokorny
  and Dr. Leticia Merino Pérez, Autonomous University of Mexico

Researcher:


  Luis Bustillo

Duration: 10/2015 – 10/2019
Funding:   Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Teconología (CONACYT) – Mexican National Council
  of Science and Technology

 

 

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