• The Indigenous World

    The Indigenous World

    The Indigenous World 2022 is out now.

    Find the new edition and all previous editions below.

The Indigenous World

  • The Indigenous World 2022
  • The Indigenous World 2022

    The Indigenous World is the unique result of a collaborative effort between Indigenous and non-indigenous activists and scholars who voluntarily document and report on the situation of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. This yearly overview serves to document and report on the developments Indigenous Peoples have experienced throughout 2021.

    The Indigenous World 2022 adds not only documentation, but also includes a special focus on the contribution and situation of Indigenous women and their rights around the world.

    Indigenous women play crucial roles in their communities as breadwinners, caretakers, knowledge keepers, leaders and human rights defenders. While Indigenous women have made small, but significant progress in being part of decision-making processes in some communities, risen to leadership in communal and national roles, and stood on the protest frontlines to defend their lands and the planet’s decreasing biodiversity; the reality remains that Indigenous women are massively under-represented, disproportionately negatively affected by the decisions made on their behalf without their valuable input, and are too frequently the victims of intersectional discrimination and multiple expressions of violence and sexual assault.

    This 36th consecutive volume covers 60 countries and 21 international processes and initiatives. We are so thankful for the community that has made this publication happen.

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Qapaj Conde, Aymara attorney and Co-Chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus

Qapaj Conde, Aymara attorney and Co-Chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus

-- The Indigenous World performs a far-reaching service by combining a unique global panorama with specialized national articles on the situation of indigenous peoples. Its comprehensive reporting allows the indigenous movement to articulate among themselves, as well as, to develop – from the local to the global level– a broad awareness about human rights.


Ib Petersen, Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations in New York

Ib Petersen, Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations in New York

-- Fact-based tools like The Indigenous World are and will be the key to ensure that the Development Agenda 2030 leaves no one behind. IWGIA is able to produce such a tool every year in a short period of time, a task that no other organisation has managed to cope with.

Jason Pan Adawai, PingPu and Director of TARA-PingPu

Jason Pan Adawai, PingPu and Director of TARA-PingPu

-- The Indigenous World has been invaluable for us, indigenous peoples in Taiwan, giving access to the global situation of indigenous peoples and their development. It has linked us in Taiwan to other indigenous peoples, beyond the barriers and restrictions for our engagement at UN and international indigenous peoples' forums.


Hawe Hamman, National Vice President of MBOSCUDA and Member of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (ACHPR), Cameroon

Hawe Hamman, National Vice President of MBOSCUDA and Member of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (ACHPR), Cameroon

-- I draw valuable information from The Indigenous World to prepare my interventions at national, regional as well as international level. The book both helps me master the topic and compare or elucidate in a case I wish to illustrate and give me relevant and general information of the global advancements to argue my interventions.


International Indigenous Women's Foundation (IIWF)

International Indigenous Women's Foundation (IIWF)

-- The Indigenous World is a key reference documentation for us to underpin our positions in the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples. Having a global approach, the inclusion of our voice is critical for making our perspectives, worldviews, contributions and ways of acting known.


Dr. Fleur Te Aho, Lecturer at Auckland Law School in New Zealand

Dr. Fleur Te Aho, Lecturer at Auckland Law School in New Zealand

-- When I teach my ‘Indigenous Peoples in International Law’ course I recommend The Indigenous World to my students as a way to get a sense of contemporary Indigenous rights challenges, and successes, from around the world. It is crucial that our stories are shared and the book is an important global platform for this.


Bestang Sarah Dekdeken, Kankanaey Igorot from the Cordillera region in northern Philippines and the current Secretary General of CPA.

Bestang Sarah Dekdeken, Kankanaey Igorot from the Cordillera region in northern Philippines and the current Secretary General of CPA.

-- The Indigenous World is a valuable publication that enables us to have a better understanding of the global situation of indigenous peoples, the common issues that we face and common actions we undertake. The book helps strengthen our solidarity relations among indigenous peoples and advocates.


Antonella Cordone, Senior Technical Specialist Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues Policy at IFAD

Antonella Cordone, Senior Technical Specialist Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues Policy at IFAD

-- The Indigenous World is an invaluable book used as an entry point and easily accessible information by anyone working on the topic. I do not let anybody touch the book in my office.


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Since 1986, the purpose of The Indigenous World has been to give a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples have experienced. It is our hope that indigenous peoples themselves, along with their organisations, will find it useful in their advocacy work aimed at improving indigenous peoples’ human rights situation. The book is the unique result of a collaborative effort between indigenous and non-indigenous activists and scholars who voluntarily share their valuable insights and analysis. We thank them and celebrate the bonds, strengths and sense of community that emerge from making this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.

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