5.2 Indigenous Communities

Those who have lived in Indigenous communities, or in communities where resources are scarce, have learned that the organized work of the community is the essential engine for the success or failure of projects. We know very well that, beyond the supply of economic resources, the most important feature is the organization of members of the community in the effective use of local resources, which apart from the available material resources, include their abilities and relationships with other people, communities and institutions.

Throughout this module, we have pointed out several essential elements that the communities must take into account when developing ICT projects in such a way that they assure their sustainability and applicability to the development objectives of the community.

In order to achieve ICT projects that match the development objectives of the communities, they need to carry out intense reflection and organizational work that can prompt the necessary actions to be performed in the communities. Thus, as we have already pointed out, it is an essential objective for the governments to open spaces for participation in all of the aspects related to the development of ICTs in isolated and Indigenous communities. But we also show that the communities themselves need to be prepared and organized to participate and assume the authority to make decisions inherent to their development.