The Indigenous Peoples’ Poverty Alleviation Community Action Tool (CAT)

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The Indigenous Peoples’ Poverty Alleviation Community Action Tool (CAT) is both a framework and a tool designed to assist indigenous communities and community organizers (COs) to investigate ways to alleviate poverty and combat various forms of discrimination which dominate the lives of indigenous people. CAT is developed from the view-point of indigenous people, and is therefore, not ‘value-neutral’. CAT respects the wisdom of indigenous communities and builds on their diverse contexts. It indicates the critical factors to be taken into consideration while working on indigenous peoples’ development, and a respect for diversity makes CAT facilitative rather than prescriptive.