Getting in the Driver's Seat Creating Sustainable Development for Indigenous (and all) People
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This paper looks at the various definitions of development and their implications through exploring the 'culture ofdevelopment' that exists in large international aid and nongovernmental organizations. An example of the contrasts in these cultures can be seen in the work ofa local NGO, the New Life Center with the development policies ofthe Thai government involving assimilation into Thai society. The issue of prostitution is explored in regards to how it is related to hill tribe people. Finally, this paper addresses the concern of both a theoretical and practical definition of sustainable development involving empowerment, participation and accountability. The New Life Center again provides an example of how these concepts can be put into action.