IWGIA is pleased to announce that Nauja Bianco (pictured left) and Peter Dawson (pictured right) have joined IWGIA as new board members as of 1 January 2024.
Indigenous communities in Kenya still tied up in court proceedings over the Lake Turkana Wind Project
On 22 May 2023, Indigenous Peoples had a victory in the Lake Turkana Wind Project (LTWP) case when Kenyan Environment and Land Court in Meru declined the Review Application filed by the LTWP. Essentially, this means that the land titles in question are cancelled because the time extension requested by LTWP in 2021 was denied with the court maintaining that the LTWP deeds are “irregular and unlawful”. LTWP have now filed yet another Notice to Appeal.
Sally Ann García Taylor is a Raizal woman who studied Political Science and Government at the Universidad del Rosario, and a Master's degree in Caribbean Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Social Anthropology from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social Occidente (CIESAS-Mexico). She currently works as Deputy Director at the Ministry of Social Prosperity of Colombia.
BY ALEXANDRINA HENRÍQUEZ FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS
Since colonial times and slavery, the population of African origin has faced difficulties to be recognized as subjects of law. In Central America, they have gone through centuries of resistance to be accepted first as people and then as citizens of the republics. Currently, the Afro-descendant Creole community in Nicaragua is fighting for the demarcation, titling and regulation of their ancestral lands, while at the same time seeking equal conditions for their development as other Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. Meanwhile, mining, logging and fishing concessions, and the use of the territory for megaprojects and monocultures are expanding on their lands.
BY PAOLA YAÑEZ INOFUENTES FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS
Despite the achievements of the Plurinational State, racism and racial disparities persist in Bolivia. In this regard, the absence of accurate statistical data on self-identification hinders the development of policies that promote equality. Afro-Bolivian women, in particular, experience intersectional discrimination wherever racism and sexism converge, worsening the conditions in which they live. Although the political constitution of the state institutionally recognizes their presence in the national political space, no significant progress been yet made in the participation of Afro-Bolivians in decision-making.