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Knowledge generation is an important foundation for increasing understanding and for pushing for change. In this database, you can find all of our resources, which include books, manuals, briefings, human rights reports and urgent alerts. 

The impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator

Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
Number of pages: 52
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-12-8
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Africa, Asia and Latin America
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: October
On the basis of a collaborative, community-led data-gathering effort and testimonies from indigenous communities, this report provides first-hand information on the situation of indigenous peoples in 11 countries where communities have participated in the Indigenous Navigator initiative. It highlights the differentiated impact that COVID-19 is having on indigenous peoples, which also varies from c...
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Implementing the Indigenous Navigator

Author: David Nathaniel Berger & Ena Alvarado Madsen
Number of pages: 34
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-06-7
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: September
This report is the result of a process of review and feedback conducted between June and August 2020. The feedback was gathered through consultation, surveys and interviews with Indigenous Navigator Consortium members and coordinators at the national partner organisations who have been involved with implementation of the Indigenous Navigator project. Some partners have been implementing the Indige...
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent Protocol by Communities Affected by the EIB-Funded 220 KV Marsyangdi Corridor in Nepal

Number of pages: 13
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: October
On 8 October 2018, communities filed a complaint to the EIB’s Complaints Mechanism documenting that project authorities have left communities in the dark about the transmission line, its various impacts and the route of the line.
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Bearing the Brunt: The Impact of Government Responses to COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples in India

Author: National Campaign Against Torture, ILAI and IWGIA: Editors Chris Erni & Signe Leth
Number of pages: 42
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-05-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Denmark
Region publication is about: India
Financially supported by: DANIDA
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: Sep-11
This report documents how government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only failed to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on India’s Indigenous Peoples, but made their often already desperate situation even worse. To make matters worse, the government used the temporary paralysis of the country as an attempt to undermine existing environmental safeguards and laws protecting the rights of ...
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Building Autonomies

Author: Jens Dahl, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Shapion Noningo Sesen, Shankar Limbu and Sara Olsvig
Number of pages: 66
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-03-6
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: August
This book forms an essential contribution to the process of legitimising the recognition and exercise of the world’s Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination in domestic and international law. It further offers a space for analysis, dialogue and debate aimed at coordinating visions and sharing experiences of the difficult path to building and practising autonomy and self-government.
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IWGIA Annual Report 2019

Publication language: English English
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: July
Indigenous Peoples are at the heart of the struggle for equality, rights, participation and self-determination for a more sustainable and just world. At IWGIA we are proud to stand by and behind Indigenous Peoples. We thank all those who support us to do so. This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2019 for Indigenous Peoples' rights. 
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Territorial management in indigenous matrifocal societies

Number of pages: 177
ISBN number: 978-92-5-132043-3
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: China, Colombia, India, Peru
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: July
Over the centuries, Indigenous Peoples have developed ingenious and dynamic ways of managing their constantly evolving territories while avoiding the depletion of natural resources. Some Indigenous lifestyles have faced various challenges and have led to a less sustainable management of their resources.
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Violation of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in Chitwan National Park of Nepal

Number of pages: 67
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: February
This fact-finding mission report looks into human rights violations as well as abuses in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal. following recent reports by BuzzFeed, The Kathmandu Post and other media, as well as other organisational reports, claiming the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) is responsible for gross human rights violations, including torture, sexual abuse and killings...
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Indigenous Women and Climate Change

Author: (Rocío Silva Santisteban)
Number of pages: 154
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-00-5
Publication language: English English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Release year: 2020
Release month/day: January, 15
Related partner: SERVINDI Intercultural Communication Service
Related publication(s): 3254
Against all the odds, and despite the challenges that climate change represents for Latin America, women are demonstrating day in, day out that they have the ideas and the unique and essential skills to propose a radical change in the matrix of civilisation at this crucial point in humankind’s history.
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The impact of renewable energy projects on Indigenous communities in Kenya

Author: Ilse Renkens
Number of pages: 48
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-96-8
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Kenya
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: December
Related publication(s): 3204
IWGIA’s latest human rights report examines the sociocultural impacts two particular projects – the Lake Turkana Wind Power project and Olkaria Geothermal Power plants – are having in several Indigenous communities in Kenya.
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Silenced Genocides

Author: Ricardo Verdum, Daniela Lima, Fabrício Amorim, Leila Burger, Patrícia Rodrigues, Victor Alcantara e Silva
Number of pages: 128
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-97-5
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Brazil
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: December
How can indigenous peoples survive the dismantling of public policies and rights acquired by decades of work in Brazil? This process, resulting from setbacks to democracy, as described by the authors, shows that this is an emergency situation. There is a need to seek alternatives and for pressure from indigenous and civic organizations to help indigenous peoples exercise their rights. This report ...
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Peru: Deforestation in Times of Climate Change

Author: Edited by Alberto Chirif
Number of pages: 286
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-95-1
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: December
This book comprises a total of 14 articles addressing the issue of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and its impacts, not only on the Amazonian environment and wildlife but particularly on the communities inhabiting the area. These impacts are being facilitated by informal dynamics for which the state is largely responsible and has failed to act promptly enough to put a stop to these dynamics a...
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Adivasis and Their Forest

Author: Gladson Dungdung
Number of pages: 330
ISBN number: 978-81-940838-9-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: November
If we calculate all the risks, 90 million Adivasis are struggling for their survival, losing access to forests and suffering the gravest threat of being alienated from their forest lands and traditional habitations. This book is an attempt to understand the relationship between Adivasis and the forest, unfolding the ground realities of the Forest Rights Act. It exposes the dual role of the State ...
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The limits of self-regulation and soft law in Business and Human Rights from a victims perspective: Reflecting on the human rights impacts by corporations from Chile, China and Spain in Peru

Author: Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos Perú Equidad
Number of pages: 22
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Peru
Region publication is about: Peru
Financially supported by: NICFI
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: October
Related publication(s): 3539
In the current global economic consensus of neoliberalism, maximizing profit is prioritized on behalf of respecting international human rights regulations. Ensuring multinational enterprises implement adequate corporate responsibility in Peru has been troublesome. This report describes issues of union member harassment, questionable tax practices and denial of local Indigenous communities their ri...
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Fires in Indigenous Territories and Protected Areas in Bolivia

Author: CEJIS & CPTA
Number of pages: 6
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bolivia
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: September
Related partner: Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (CEJIS)
Since early August 2019, the most widespread and enduring fires in Bolivia’s history have been recorded in the country’s lowlands (Tierras Bajas). Widespread due to the large area burned and enduring because climatic conditions, along with the negligence of the authorities and even of those involved in the conflict themselves (who have risked setting fires in order to prepare the land for cult...
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Draft National Forest Policy 2018: A Conspiracy to Deny the Rights of the Scheduled Tribes

Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 978-81-88987-87-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: September 24
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Government of India published the Draft National Forest Policy of 2018 on 14 March 2018 and is expected to finalise the policy soon.  This draft policy provides for the adoption of а completely new legal framework that is discriminatory towards indigenous peoples and seeks to take away the rights of the indigenous peoples already re...
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IWGIA Annual Report 2018

This annual report presents some of the many significant achievements IWGIA supported in 2018 for indigenous peoples' rights.
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: June
The world today faces many challenges: a global climate and biodiversity crisis, rising inequality, shrinking civic space in many countries, and increasing distrust in international institutions and national political systems. Indigenous peoples make up five percent of the world’s population and are disproportionately affected by much of this; but they are also key to many of the world’s solut...
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Outcome document from seminar on indigenous autonomy and self-government

Author: Reporting Team of the International Seminar “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Autonomy and Self-Government as a Manifestation of The Right To Self-Determination”
Number of pages: 15
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: global
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: april 2019
To create a room for indigenous peoples to discuss and analyse their experiences around autonomy and self-government, the international seminar "Right to Autonomy and Indigenous Self-Government as a manifestation of the Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples" was held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2019 in Mexico. Indigenous representatives from Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Nicarag...
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Global Report on the Situation of Lands, Territories and Resources of Indigenous Peoples

Author: Compiled by joji Carino, edited by Loreto Tamayo
Number of pages: 80
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Asia, Pacific, North America, Latin America, Russia
Financially supported by: Rainforest Foundation Norway, IWGIA and EU
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: April
Related partner: Tebtebba Foundation
Related publication(s): 3333
The report on the current state of Indigenous Peoples’ Lands, Territories and Resources (LTR) was prepared by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) to inform the implementation of global commitments to Sustainable Development and the various related processes for transformational change. It is a summary of regional reports written by indigenous researchers and experts under the guidance of t...
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The Indigenous World 2019

Author: 97 authors
Number of pages: 600
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: The Indigenous World
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia, Arctic, Middle East and the Pacific
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: 04-25
Rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point, and with an ever-shrinking civic space worldwide, the topics of criminalisation of Indigenous Rights Defenders’ activities and their organisations; land rights issues; and access to justice are more important than ever. The Indigenous World 2019 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attac...
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Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government

Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Bolivia, Peru, Greenland, Philippines, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Sapmi, Russia, Canada, Nepal, India
Region publication is about: South America, North America, Asia, Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tebtebba Foundation
Release year: 2019
Release month/day: mar-01
Related partner: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
An International Seminar to assess the global status and trends with regards to indigenous autonomies is taking place in Mexico City in March 2019. This meeting follows the work developed by indigenous organizations and the organizing institutions over the last few years. In January 2018, at its annual Expert Meeting, the UN Permanent Forum was requested to compile information on indigenous autono...
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Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand

Synthesis report: Marginalization of vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand
Author: Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (IPF) and Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Foundation (IKAP)
Number of pages: 44
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Thailand
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA & European Union
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: December
This synthesis report of marginalized and vulnerable indigenous peoples in Thailand represents the cases of ten indigenous groups who are targets of the Community Knowledge-Based Database System (CKBDS) project for empowering the most marginalized and vulnerable indigenous groups in Thailand, namely Mlabri, Kow (Umpi), Bisu, Chong, Yakoor, Saek, Moken, Moklen, Urak-Lawoy and Mani. These groups are...
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Outcome Document: Defending the Defenders

Author: IWGIA
Number of pages: 8
Publication language: English English
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: September
Human rights defenders are dying, attacked and criminalized all over the world. This is happening at an increasingly alarming rate. In 2017, over 400 people were killed while protecting their community’s land or natural resources. Approximately half of these were indigenous peoples. The conference aimed to understand why in particular and increasingly indigenous peoples from developing countries...
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Indigenous peoples, land rights and forest conservation in Myanmar

Author: Christian Erni
Number of pages: 98
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-89-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: aug-18
Related partner: Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together
In light of the urgency of both forest conservation and the recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to land and resources, along with the documented potential for creating conservation synergies through recognition of community rights, this study tries to look at the approaches to forest conservation taken in Myanmar so far, and to take stock of their achievements and impact with respect t...
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The Indigenous World 2018

Author: Editing: Pamela Jacquelin-Andersen
Number of pages: 564
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
Publication language: English English
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: april/19
The rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples are reaching a tipping point and The Indigenous World 2018 adds to the documented records, highlighting the increase in attacks and killings of indigenous peoples while defending their lands. The Indigenous World is a one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments indigenous peoples exper...
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The Place of Women in Naga Society

The main purpose of this book is to discuss Naga society and its cultural practices with a specific focus on the status of women.
Number of pages: 328
ISBN number: 978-93-81758-43-4
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release month/day: March
Related partner: Naga Women’s Union
Naga society is a casteless and classless society where, traditionally, women have enjoyed a high social positioning and a fair spirit of independence, playing very central roles in family and community affairs; however, it is also a patriarchal, patrilineal and patrilocal society where, for instance, family names are carried forward through sons, who are also the family members that inherit fami...
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Extractive Industries, Land Rights and Indigenous Populations'/Communities' Rights

Author: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Number of pages: 294
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-76-0
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Cameroon
Region publication is about: Africa
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: dec-03
Related partner: African Commission on Human and Indigenous Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and its Working Group on Indigenous People (WGIP)
In 2003, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) established the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa (WGIP) with the responsibility to advise the Commission on matters relating to the rights of indigenous populations/communities on the continent. In this capacity, the WGIP found it appropriate to commission a study on extractive industries, land righ...
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Livelihood, Land Use and Customary Tenure in KHUPRA - Report of a participatory action research

Number of pages: 60
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: October
Four reports illustrate how the method “participatory action research” can benefit Indigenous Peoples by acknowledging traditional knowledge and documenting land use and ownership for future generations.
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Livelihood, Land Use and Customary Tenure in Yusomoso - Report of a participatory action research

Number of pages: 56
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: October
Four reports illustrate how the method “participatory action research” can benefit Indigenous Peoples by acknowledging traditional knowledge and documenting land use and ownership for future generations.
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Livelihood, Land Use and Carbon - A Study on the Carbon Footprint of a Shifting Cultivation Community in Kayah State

Number of pages: 60
Publication language: English English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2017
Release month/day: October
Four reports illustrate how the method “participatory action research” can benefit Indigenous Peoples by acknowledging traditional knowledge and documenting land use and ownership for future generations.
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About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

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DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
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