“A nation’s progress is often judged by the strength of its economy or the size of its GDP. Many people feel indigenous peoples (or IPs for short) should also contribute to this type of ‘progress’. GDP does not calculate what is valuable in the eyes of IPs: the cost of lost cultures and local knowledge, dramatic reductions in biodiversity and the negative impacts of such reductions on social capital.”

2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee SAUR MARLINA MANURUNG accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor.