Publications about indigenous peoples and issues in Africa

Below you find a list of our most recent English publications. If you are interested in publications in other languages, for example French or Kiswahili, please browse our 'Publications by language section', or make an advanced search under 'Search publications'.




This briefing note call attention to the ongoing situation of harassments and arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders in Loliondo in northern Tanzania.It offers an account of the recent events taking place in the area and background information.

IWGIA - 2016 August 25

read more
 
The Samburu are a Nilotic community who reside in Northern Kenya. One cultural practice among the Samburu community is Girl-Child Beading. This practice sanctions a non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the ‘warrior’ age group and young Samburu girls (usually between the ages of 9-15 years) who are not yet eligible for marriage. The practice has been in the community for centuries and is associated with a number of human rights violations.


This Research Report offers an account of the positive and negative impacts this practice has on indigenous Samburu girls in different communities and a detailed analysis of the legal framework in Kenya for addressing Harmful Cultural Practices. The Report also includes suggested strategies and recommendations to tackle the negative effects Girl-Child Beading have on Samburu girls’ lives.

Samburu Women Trust (SWT), KIOS Foundation & IWGIA - 2016 April

read more
 
With its 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, this new edition of THE INDIGENOUS WORLD gives a comprehensive overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015

IWGIA - 2016 April

read more
 
This report looks at the situation of the Tshwa San living in western Zimbabwe. Information on this small indigenous minority group has so far been limited. Due to unique social and cultural barriers, the Tshwa face a number of constraints and challenges that need to be dealt with.

IWGIA and OSISA - 2016 January

read more
 
The report explores the evictions of pastoralists and other conflicts over pastoralists’ land in Tanzania, with focus on the past decade. Although most of these evictions and land base...

IWGIA, PINGO's Forum, PAICODEO & UCRT - 2016 January

read more
 
The advent of climate change in Tanzania has seen increased rates of eviction of indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands for reasons ranging from land based investments to enlargement of protected areas. This policy brief examines the problem and offers some recommendations.

PINGOs Forum, IWGIA and TIPTCC - 2015 December

read more
 
Kanyinke Sena
The fact that energy projects are green does not necessarily mean they accept and protect internationally-recognised human rights norms, such as the rights of indigenous peoples.

IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCCC) - 2015 November 20

read more
 
It analyses current challenges related to land rights, political participation, education, gender equality etc. It also looks into specific cases of human rights violations as well as positive government initiatives that could be further developed, and makes recommendations to the Republic of Tanzania, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Development partners and to civil society organizations.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights & IWGIA - 2015 May

read more
 
In early 2015, Maasai and Datoga citizens living in the Morogoro region of Tanzania were victims of deadly, ethnic violence. According to reports from local media, the assaults were instigated by public figures interested in acquiring land, and state authorities have not intervened to protect Maasai citizens. Police protection has instead been given to others who are illegally cultivating officially registered Maasai land.

The brief calls for urgent action to halt the violence in the Morogoro Region and to put a stop to the current culture of impunity. It states that without strong and public action from the highest levels, Maasai and Datoga citizens will continue to be stigmatized and the prospective of nation-wide violence will remain a threat to stability, development, and peace in Tanzania.

IWGIA - 2015 March

read more
 
The book addresses cases from each of these continents, examining the experiences of indigenous peoples with access to remedy when their human rights are affected by corporate activities. By drawing from these experiences it seeks to inform the actions of corporate and State actors in relation their business and human rights obligation to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to effective remedy.

IWGIA, Almaciga & AIPP - 2015 March

read more
 
This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world that explore, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The book will serve as a resource for indigenous peoples, World Heritage site managers and UNESCO, as well as academics, and will contribute to discussions about what changes or actions are needed to ensure that World Heritage sites can play a consistently positive role for indigenous peoples, in line with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IWGIA, Forrest Peoples Programme and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation - 2014 November 14

read more
 
This case study focuses on the capacity of local communities to monitor biodiversity and resources in Madagascar, Nicaragua, Philippines and Tanzania. It makes a controlled comparison between local community monitoring and trained scientists’ monitoring and conclude that local and indigenous communities generate similar and equally good outputs as the trained scientists, and are much more cost efficient. The cases suggest that it is fully possible to build a cheap and effective MRV system based on community monitoring of Non-Carbon Benefits.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

read more
 
The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

This year the book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes.

IWGIA - 2014 May 21

read more
 
Albert Kwokwo Barume
This revised and updated edition of Albert Kwokwo Barume’s book from 2010 reflects some of the latest developments affecting Africa’s indigenous peoples and their land rights.

IWGIA - 2014 May 20

read more
 
PAICODEO
Pastoralists in Tanzania are suffering from many human rights violations, including forced evictions from their lands. This report gives a comprehensive analysis of the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in Tanzania, and documents cases of human rights violations against Maasai pastoralists in ten districts.

PAICODEO - 2014 January

read more
 
By Kanyinke Sena
Briefing note on how the Maasai have been affected by the Olkaria geothermal field that is placed on their ancestral land in Kenya.

IWGIA - 2013 November

read more
 
Manuela Zips-Mairitsch
In this book, the author processes the detailed descriptions of a land rights dispute in Botswana in such a way that its instructive relevance for fundamental questions of intercultural justice becomes obvious.

The case of the present book is the High Court of Botswana’s decision of the case Sesana v. the Attorney General in late 2006. In this case, 215 individual indigenous San claimants took legal steps against their relocation from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

IWGIA and LIT - 2013 June

read more
 
Parakuiyo Pastoralists Indigenous Community Development Organization (PAICODEO), PINGOs Forum, Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA), the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and journalists from ITV, Star TV, Channel 10 and Mwananchi newspaper have conducted a fact finding mission concerning the forced evictions of pastoralists in Kilombero and Ulanga districts in Morogoro region in Tanzania. The fact finding mission was carried out from 12.11 – 15.11 2012.

IWGIA & PAICODEO - 2013 June

read more
 
This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

IWGIA - 2013 May 25

read more
 
Kanyinke Sena
This report explores the potential impacts of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia transport corridor project (LAPSSET) on Indigenous peoples in Kenya as observed by a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It outlines some of the potential threats that Indigenous Peoples face and provides some recommendations to address these challenges.

International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs - 2012 December 10

read more
 
This documentary highlights the silent human rights violations against young girls and women in the Samburu community which the traditional practice of "beading" entails.
The practice known as “beading,” can briefly be described as a community-sanctioned, non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the “warrior” age group, and young Samburu girls who are not yet eligible to be married.

Samburu Women Trust and IWGIA - 2012 December

read more
 
The manual is designed as a training tool for indigenous rights activists in Africa. It is also intended to be a practical instrument for use in the training of judicial officers, lawyers, media activists and government officials on indigenous rights in Africa. The full use of this manual will only be realized if it is used to enhance the capacity of indigenous groups to constructively and sustainably engage with the African human rights system.

ACHPR amd IWGIA - 2012 December

read more
 
This publication gives an overview of the presentations made at the regional sensitization seminar organized by the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in the republic of Congo on 22 to 25 August 2011. One of the objectives of the seminar was to inform key stakeholders from East and Central Africa on the African Commission’s approach to promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and IWGIA - 2012 December

read more
 
This report describes pilot research conducted by the Samburu Women Trust (SWT), formerly known as SWEEDO), a community based organization located in Nanyuki, Kenya. The research focused on a practice known as “beading,” which can be briefly described as a community-sanctioned, non-marital sexual relationship between Samburu men in the “warrior” age group, and young Samburu girls who are not yet eligible to be married

Samburu Womens Trust and IWGIA - 2012 November

read more
 
Aili Pyhälä
Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Livelihood Opportunities in South-East Cameroon

This report looks specifically at the livelihoods and human rights situation of the Baka indigenous hunter/gatherers of south-east Cameroon. The Baka of this region are facing an increasingly uncertain future as their traditional lands have been almost entirely taken away from them, mainly to allocate to international logging and mining companies and as parts of Protected Areas. As a result, many Baka communities have been forced to leave their traditional lands and very few are now living a purely traditional nomadic lifestyle. Many live in settlements along the roadsides where they are the victims of widespread discrimination and human rights abuses on the part of the dominant society and where they face immense problems in terms of poverty and access to sufficient food and basic services.

IWGIA and Plan - 2012 June

read more
 
This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2011.

Available as book and CD.

IWGIA - 2012 May 10

read more
 
This newsletter is an outcome of a project implemented by SWEEDO in Kenya and focuses on the tradition of “Girl beading” which entails engagement of very young girls in sexual relationships. The tradition frequently leads to cruel forceful abortions, increases the spread of HIV/AIDS and forces the girls to leave school. In the present newsletter the beading practice is for the first time highlighted and discussed.

SWEEDO and IWGIA - 2012 April

read more
 
The African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Based on a research visit to Kenya the report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities describes the human rights situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Kenya, and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2012 March

read more
 
The African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Based on a mission to Brazzaville and the Sibiti region, the report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities describes the human rights situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Congo, and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2011 November

read more
 
Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Describes the situation of the indigenous populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and makes recommendations to the government, civil society organizations, and the international community.

IWGIA and ACHPR - 2011 October

read more
 
Featuring 58 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2010.

Available as both book and CD.

IWGIA - 2011 May

read more
 
Combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development.

IWGIA - 2010 December

read more
 
The report gives an account of meetings held with government authorities, civil society organizations, indigenous communities and other stakeholders. It describes the situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Rwanda and it makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2010 November

read more
 
The United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) constitutes a landmark in the struggle of indigenous peoples worldwide, including Africa. It is the most comprehen...

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2010 October

read more
 
Albert Kwokwo Barume
As in many other parts of the world, the indigenous peoples of Africa are increasingly being dispossessed of their ancestral lands. Indigenous peoples have not let this happen without reacting and in some cases they have even gone to court. The purpose of this book is to analyze some of the land cases filed by indigenous peoples in selected African countries, in order to see how the judiciary has dealt with this issue, and what lessons can be learned.

IWGIA - 2010 May

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a mission to the Republic of Gabon in September 2007. The report of the visit was adopted by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights at its 45th Ordinary Session, 13-27 May, 2009.

IWGIA and ACHPR - 2010 April

read more
 
Featuring 64 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2009.

IWGIA - 2010 April

read more
 
Pat Robbins
Red Spotted Ox is the fascinating autobiography of an East African pastoralist, as told to Pat Robbins in the early 1970s.

IWGIA - 2010 March

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a mission to Libya in August 2005. The report describes the situation of the indigenous populations in Libya and makes recommendations to the Government.

IWGIA, ACHPR - 2009 December

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a mission to the Central African Republic in January 2007. The report describes the socio-political context of the Central African Republic, the existing legal framework on human rights and the situation of the indigenous populations in the Central African Republic.

IWGIA, ACHPR - 2009 October

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
Gives an account of meetings held with government authorities, civil society organizations, indigenous communities and other stakeholders. It describes the situation of the indigenous populations in the Republic of Uganda including the Batwa and pastoralists groups, and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

IWGIA, ACHPR - 2009 October

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The report from the regional sensitization seminar: “the Rights of Indigenous Populations / Communities in Central Africa” is published in both English and French. The seminar took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, 13-16 September 2006 and was organised by the African Commission for human and peoples’ rights in collaboration with IWGIA.

IWGIA, ACHPR - 2009 September

read more
 
This urgent alert is based on the forceful evictions of Maasai pastoralists from their homes and grazing lands in Loliondo Division, Ngorongoro District in Northern Tanzania and the gross human rights violations that are being committed.

IWGIA - 2009 August 20

read more
 
Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Report from the country visit to Burundi undertaken by the ACHPR's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in March-April 2005.

African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA - 2007 May

read more
 
Report of the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities
Based on a country visit to the Republic of Congo in September 2005, the report describes the situation of the country's indigenous populations and makes recommendations to the Government, civil society organizations and the international community.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2007 May

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a mission to the Republic of Botswana from 15 - 23 June 2005. The African Commission on Human and peoples' Rights adopted this report at its 38th Ordinary Session, 21 November - 5 December 2005. This publication is both in French and English.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2007 May

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
The African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities undertook a mission to the Republic of Namibia from 26 July - 5 August 2005. The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights adopted this report at its 38th Ordinary Session, 21 November - 5 December 2005. This publication is both in French and English.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2007 May

read more
 
African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights and IWGIA
From 14 - 24 February 2006, Working Group on Indigenous Populations / Communities (WGIP) undertook a mission to the Republic of Niger. The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights adopted this report at its 40th Ordinary Session, 15 - 29 November 2006. This publication is both in French and English.

ACHPR and IWGIA - 2007 May

read more
 
The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and IWGIA
This is a summary report of the Report of the African Commission's Working Group of Experts on Indigenous Populations/ Communities

ACHPR & IWGIA - 2006 June

read more
 
This thematic issue of Indigenous Affairs examines how the Millenium Development Goals relate to the issues facing indigenous peoples in Africa.

IWGIA - 2006 May

read more
 
show all 79 related publications