Forcing 'development' or 'progress' on tribal people does not make them happier or healthier. In fact, the effects are disastrous.

The most important factor by far for tribal peoples' well-being is whether their land rights are respected.

progress =

moving forward towards a destination;
development towards an improved or advanced condition

There are two versions of Survival's ground-breaking report 'Progress can kill: how imposed development destroys the health of tribal peoples'. Both are free to download.

Download a shorter version

for the general reader.
23 pages, PDF

Download the full report

The full length, in-depth report for those wanting to know more.
61 pages, PDF

Download references

Download additional references for the latest edition.
5 pages, PDF

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