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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 crucial role of indigenous peoples in nurturing forest and maintaining forest cover - An important Non-Carbon Benefit of REDD+

Number of pages: 6
Release year: 2014
There is increasing and widespread recognition that, in order to make greenhouse gas emissions reductions/removals possible and enduring in the forest sector, REDD+ must broaden its scope from a highly carbon-focused to a more holistic approach. Hence, initiatives to achieve Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs), in association with a robust safeguards regime, are as important as carbon-related measures and ...
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Tribes States and Colonialism: The Evolution of the Concept of Indigenous Peoples and its Application in Asia

Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
This discussion paper traces the evolution of the concept of indigenous peoples in the UN system and aims at giving a better understanding of why the concept of indigenous peoples is relevant in an Asian context. Due to the lack of a definition of ‘indigenous peoples’ and the fact that the concept is often interpreted into a context of Western settler colonialism the concept remains contes...
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Marginalisation and Impunity - Violence Against Women and Girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Author: Dr. Bina D'Costa
Number of pages: 80
Country publication is about: Bangladesh
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2014
This report examines selected cases of violence against women and girls in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in 2011 and 2012. It also discusses relevant legal contexts and, based on four key principles, provides recommendations to the government and civil society to address violence against women and girls in the region. The report emphasises that militarisation and transmigration programs ille...
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The Indigenous World 2014

Number of pages: 597
ISBN number: 978-87-927864-18
Region publication is about: Africa, África, Arctic, Ártico, Asia, International, Internacional, Latin America, América Latina, Oceania, North America, América del Norte , Pacific, Pacífico, Middle East, Medio Oriente
Release year: 2014
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. The book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes, reflecting ongoing worldwide human rights violations, especially with regards to indigenous peoples’ land, territories and resources. ...
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Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa - Revised and updated 2014

Author: Albert Kwokwo Barume
Number of pages: 390
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-40-1
Country publication is about: Botswana, Botsuana, Kenya, Kenia, South Africa, Sudáfrica, Tanzania
Region publication is about: Africa, África
Release year: 2014
Professor of Law, Gudmundur Alfredsson writes about the first edition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Africa: "It is not only a first-class academic presentation but also a practical one, including a series of conclusions and recommendations that are highly relevant to any implementation and monitoring efforts at the national and international levels. This is a highly recommended book t...
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Divers Paths To Justice: Legal pluralism and the rights of indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia

Number of pages: 180
ISBN number: 978-616-90611-7-5
Country publication is about: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Tailandia, Philippines, Filipinas, Malaysia, Malasia
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2011
This book reveals that the majority of South East Asian countries already have plural legal systems and to some extent custom is recognized as a source of rights in the constitutions and laws of a number of them. National and international courts have affirmed indigenous peoples' customary rights in land. And all these countries have endorsed and ratified key international laws and treaties. Thu...
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Indigenous Knowledge and Customary Law in Natural Resource Management: Experiences in Yunnan, China and Haruku, Indonesia

Number of pages: 68
ISBN number: 978-616-90611-5-1
Country publication is about: Indonesia, China
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2010
This publication is a compilation of two case studies conducted one in Yuhu Village, Yulong county, Yunnan, China and the second in Haruku village, Haruku Island, Indonesia. Both cases highlight the importance of indigenous knowledge and customary law for the success of conservation and sustainable development initiatives as the way forward. Lands and territories inhabited by most indigenous pe...
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Preliminary Report: International and Interfaith Solidarity Mission In Defense of Indigenous Communities Fighting Impunity

Number of pages: 10
Country publication is about: Philippines, Filipinas
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
This report reflects on the outcomes of the International and Interfaith Solidarity Mission (ISM) in Defense of Indigenous Communities Fighting Impunity on 17-19 November 2012 at Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. The ISM was organized by the KALUMBAY Regional Lumad Organization, KARAPATAN Northern Mindanao Region, Community-Based Health Services (CBHS)-Northern Mindanao, Asia Indigenous People...
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Traditional Livelihoods and Indigenous Peoples

Number of pages: 166
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2010
This book reflects on the outcomes of the workshop on traditional occupations organized by AIPP, in partnership with UNDP-RIPP and ILO, together with the Ministry of Rural Development of the Royal Government of Cambodia. It compiles case studies aimed at looking deeper into the specific concerns and challenges relating to the practice of traditional livelihoods, specifically in Asia. It is div...
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Tilting the Balance: Indigenous Women, Development and Access to Justice

Number of pages: 216
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2013
This report on the Southeast Asia Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous women is intended as a material to be used by indigenous women, advocates, policy-makers and the public for the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of indigenous women facing violations of their rights due to state and corporate projects coming into their territories. ...
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We Have Rights: A Community Guide for Indigenous Peoples on the 2009 ADB Safeguard Policy Statement and Accountability Mechanism

Number of pages: 111
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2013
This guide is a tool for advocacy work and community actions. It focuses on the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement of 2009 (ADB 2009 SPS) particularly its safeguard requirements for Indigenous Peoples. In addition, it features the ADB Accountability Mechanism of 2012 and contains the principles and process of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Understanding the subject...
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Briefing Paper: Indigenous Women in Asia - Challenges in their access to justice

Number of pages: 36
Country publication is about: Thailand, Tailandia, Laos, Cambodia, Camboya, Philippines, Filipinas, Malaysia, Malasia
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2013
This briefing paper is prepared as part of the advocacy of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) for the respect, protection and recognition of the human rights of indigenous women. In this paper, the focus is on access to justice for indigenous women in Southeast Asia facing development-induced violence. We draw on the results of the Southeast Asia Regional Consultation on Development, Access...
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Violence, Customary Law and Indigenous Women’s Rights in Asia

Number of pages: 24
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
The briefing paper analyses how gender relations in Asian indigenous societies have undergone and continue to undergo changes in response to external factors. Finally it draws conclusions and recommendations based on addressing problems through empowering indigenous women in traditional customary institutions. Values and gender relations of the dominant mainstream society which indigenous peo...
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Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls: A Complex Phenomenon

Number of pages: 12
Release year: 2013
This briefing note, published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme, is intended to develop discussion and thought about the complexity of the challenges of violence against indigenous women and girls. Work being done by indigenous women’s organisations in Asia and around the world has increasingly drawn attention to the need for specific analysis and understa...
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Indigenous Peoples and Corporate Accountability in the ASEAN

Number of pages: 50
Country publication is about: Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Camboya, Philippines, Filipinas, Malaysia, Malasia
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
Due to the increasing and expanding operations of multinational corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) conducted this study on the business practices of these corporations in indigenous peoples’ territories. The study focuses on the operations involving rubber, cassava and oil palm plantations, hydropower dams and mining in Cambodia, Indonesi...
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Briefing Paper: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

Number of pages: 24
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
This briefing paper draws on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and concerns relating to climate change adaptation. It analyses two cases: the adaptation practices among the Tangkhul Naga Community in the North Eastern Region of India and the traditional adaptation practices of Pidlisan-Kankanaeys of Sagada,Mountain Province and Ikalahan-Kalanguya of Caraballo Mountains,Cagayan Valley of the Philippines...
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Briefing paper on REDD+, Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Lessons from REDD+ Initiative in Asia

Number of pages: 32
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
This briefing paper aims to outline the lessons learn from the Cancun Agreement and explores how far the REDD+ countries in Asia have advanced in addressing social and environmental issues in their REDD+ strategy drafting. From asking which experiences indigenous peoples have made so far in engaging with REDD+, the briefing paper reflects on a few piloting initiatives which have been found particu...
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REDD+ Implementation in Asia and the Concerns of Indigenous Peoples

Number of pages: 28
Release year: 2010
This report provides an overview on indigenous peoples in five of REDD+ countries in Asia: Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, together with the status of the program’s implementation in each one. The report also elaborates on the concerns of indigenous peoples in the current ‘readiness phase’ and on REDD+ national strategies, providing recommendations on ways forward for REDD+. It...
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What is REDD+? A guide for Indigenous Communities - 3rd Edition

Number of pages: 120
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-22-7
Release year: 2012
This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples. As a guidebook for communities, the content is simplified and accompanied by illustrations and photos fo...
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The Forest is Life: Knowledge for Communities

Number of pages: 26
Release year: 2012
Climate change is a commonly discussed issue nowadays and has become an environmental problem-affecting people throughout the world. Climate change is resulting in shifting weather patterns and other global effects such as unseasonal rains that affect agriculture, droughts, increased temperatures, floods, plagues and diseases. Global warming is mainly the result of rising CO2 level in the earth...
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Manual on Basic Financial Management for Indigenous Peoples' Organizations in Asia

Number of pages: 126
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
This manual on basic financial management is the fifth of a series of training resource materials developed by the indigenous Learning Institute for Community Empowerment (ILI) under the Regional Capacity Building Programme of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). The Manual was drafted in response to the need of AIPP members and partners to build their skills in financial management and admini...
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Community Organising training manual

Number of pages: 254
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2012
This manual is based on the experience of providing community organising training in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia for which PACOS Trust (a local organisation in Sabah, Malaysia) provided the COT Manual 2005 as a resource book for the training through the Indigenous Community Organising and Leadership Training (ICOLT) project of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundat...
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Education Manual on Indigenous Elders and Engagement with Government

Number of pages: 138
Release year: 2012
This Education Manual on Indigenous Elders and Engagement with Government is meant for indigenous elders, leaders, organizers, and indigenous peoples' representatives in government, who desire to be of service to the interest of indigenous peoples. The manual aims to build and strengthen the capacity of indigenous elders in Asia to lead their communities during contemporary times, wherein indige...
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Learn and exercise your rights: A simplified version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Number of pages: 32
Release year: 2013
This booklet presents in a simple and illustrative manner, the collective rights of indigenous peoples as contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It is intended as an educational tool for communities to understand indigenous peoples' rights and to know what they can do to promote and protect their rights. While indigenous peoples are five perc...
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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.

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E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
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