Poverty and Exclusion among Indigenous Peoples: What is the Global Evidence?

Building the evidence base for inclusion of indigenous peoples is a complex task. In different countries, and within them, indigenous peoples are described by different names: ethnic minorities, scheduled tribes, first peoples/nations, aboriginals, ethnic groups, Adivasi, hill people and others. There is no single definition. Estimates of the number of indigenous peoples worldwide also vary, from 300 to 370 million people.

At the micro level, there are many ethnographic and anthropological studies about individual indigenous groups. What is still needed, in order to get clearer understanding of development challenges faced by indigenous populations around the world, is systematic, comparable research on a global scope.

In the developing world, most research on indigenous peoples has focused on Latin America. However, widening the lens to capture the entire developing world reveals a stunning result - the largest share of indigenous peoples actually live outside of this region; and while there are some encouraging instances where indigenous peoples are beginning to close the development gap, the global indigenous population often remain among the poorest of the poor, and faces many common challenges.

During this webinar, Gillette Hall, the co-author of the first global study on indigenous populations and poverty, will recap some the research findings from the book Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development, and discuss holes in the research that are still needed to be addressed.

The webinar will be moderated by Maitreyi Bordia Das of the World Bank Group.

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Gillette Hall

Gillette Hall is Professor in the Practice and Director of Teaching in the Global Human Development Master’s Program. Her current research focuses on the differential outcomes of poverty reduction programs for minority or disadvantaged groups.
Originally from Oregon, she grew up in Mexico and Brazil, where she developed an early interest in the issues of poverty and inequality. After completing her undergraduate studies at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, she served as volunteer teacher and community organizer in the rural village of Nepena, Peru, where she was given the mayor’s award for public service. Driven to better understand the causes and solutions to the complex problems of poor families, she returned to Peru as a Fulbright scholar, and completed a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Ph.D in Economics at the University of Cambridge, England. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she worked as a senior staff member at the World Bank, conducting policy research, as well as implementation and evaluation of poverty reduction programs. She has taught at the University of Oregon and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has won several teaching awards. Her recent work includes the book Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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Submitted 12:14 pm, June 6, 2018

very interesting


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Submitted 12:51 pm, March 24, 2017

What an excellent talk! Thank you guys for organizing this webinar series (which I have shared with colleagues in my unit) and especially this session that I really enjoyed.

Jesús Manuel

Submitted 2:53 pm, March 22, 2017

liked and shared,great info.

Naresh Babu

Submitted 3:35 am, March 22, 2017

Very Interesting Topic and Incase India we will see large diversity in aboriginal people way of life. Assimilation of aboriginal people into main stream along with there culture is a challenge.


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Submitted 3:45 am, October 8, 2016

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