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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. 

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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
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”
Publication language: 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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Déliberations Quatrième Réunion Mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA, 12 et 13 février 2019

Publication language: French
Region publication is about: International; internacional
Release year: 2019
Organisée en parallèle à la quarante-deuxième session du Conseil des gouverneurs du FIDA Thème: Promouvoir les savoirs et innovations des peuples autochtones en faveur de la résilience aux changements climatiques et du développement durable
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The Necessity: Collaboration for Coherence in Myanmar. Climate Change Response

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2019
Climate change is the great global challenge of the 21st century. Because of climate change, undesirable disasters became intense and has caused loss of many lives and billions of dollars’ worth of properties. To respond to climate change, the United Nations founded the body called United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with the global...
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Forest Management, Women's Rights and REDD+ in Myanmar

Author: Julia Fogerite
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2019
In Myanmar, women manage forests and depend on them for their livelihoods, but their tenure over these forests is insecure. Women often have distinct roles in managing forests as compared to men, and therefore also have expert knowledge about forests and different priorities for how forests are managed. Despite their distinct knowledge and priorities, women in Myanmar are under-represented in deci...
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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
Publication language: 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: 71
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
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: 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 Customary Land in Myanmar: Current Status and the Way Forward

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: The Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), with funding from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).
Release year: 2019
Myanmar has adopted a National Land Use Policy in 2016 which mandates the enactment of a comprehensive National Land Law. Once a National Land Law is passed, all other laws will have to be harmonized with its provisions. This new law will be critical for the future of Myanmar’s indigenous peoples, most of whom depend on land and natural resources for their livelihood. Control over land and reso...
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Indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and self-government as a manifestation of the right to self-determination

Publication language: 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: 68
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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Rights to Respect amidst the era of Climate Change: Regional Learning workshop on IP Women and Customary Land Tenure

Author: POINT
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia, Asia
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2018
Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, with the threat of flooding, drought, cyclones, and changing rainfall patters threatening lives and livelihoods.1 Myanmar’s National Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (2017) outlines the major risks that Myanmar will face. Heavier rainfall and shorter monsoons increase the risk of landslides in the uplands and ...
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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)
Publication language: 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, Copenhagen, 5-6 September 2018

Author: IWGIA
Publication language: 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
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-89-0
Publication language: 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: 52
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
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
Publication language: 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 peopl...
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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Myay Latt Village

Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Myanmar
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: Norad & IWGIA
Release year: 2018
Customary land tenure of the indigenous peoples in Myanmar is not recognized in policies and laws. Lack of legal protection leaves indigenous territories insecure, threatened by investments and other forms of land concession. On the other hand, there is little evidence showing how the community is managing and using the land. Therefore the study to document the customary land tenure system of indi...
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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.
ISBN number: 978-93-81758-43-4
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: India
Region publication is about: Asia
Release year: 2018
Release month / day: March
Related partner: 61, 183
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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Report of the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities. Extractive Industries, Land Rights and Indigenous Populations'/Communities' Rights. East, Central and Southern Africa

ISBN number: 978-87-92786-76-0
Publication language: 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
Related partner: 130
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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La Voix des Autochtones

Author: Le Groupe de travail sur les populations et communautés autochtones (le GTPA ou le Groupe de travail) de la Commission africaine des droits de l’Homme et des peuples (la Commission).
Publication language: French
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: nov-2017
BULLETIN ÉLECTRONIQUE PAR LE GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LES POPULATIONS ET COMMUNAUTÉS AUTOCHTONES NOVEMBRE 2017 / NUMÉRO 1 La voix des autochtones est un bulletin électronique annuel publié par le Groupe de travail sur les populations et communautés autochtones (le GTPA ou le Groupe de travail) de la Commission africaine des droits de l’Homme et des peuples (la Commission). Le bulletin a pou...
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The Voice of the Indigenous

Author: The Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (WGIP) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission)
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Africa
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: nov-2017
UPDATES FROM THE WORKING GROUP ON INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS IN AFRICA NOVEMBER 2017 / ISSUE 1 The Voice of the Indigenous is an annual e-newsletter of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (WGIP) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) that aims to create awareness about the situation and rights of indigenous populations/communities in Africa as w...
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Livelihood, Land Use and Customary Tenure in KHUPRA - Report of a participatory action research

Publication language: 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

Publication language: 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

Publication language: 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 Kwaingan - Report of a participatory action research

Publication language: 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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Land grabbing, investments & indigenous peoples’ rights to land and natural resources: Legal analysis and case studies from Tanzania, Kenya, India, Myanmar, Colombia, Chile and Russia

Author: Jérémie Gilbert
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: October
In the global quest for land and natural resources, indigenous peoples are particularly negatively impacted. While most local communities, peasants, farmers and other local land users are affected by this global land rush, embedded discrimination, a lack of recognition of land tenure and vulnerability mean that this recent land rush is affecting indigenous peoples particularly badly. The following...
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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Sar Pauk Village

Publication language: English
Financially supported by: NORAD
Release year: 2017
The study was conducted by POINT (Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together) in Sar Pauk village, and especially emphasized on the customary land tenure of the village. The objective of the study is to identify and document customary land tenure of the village, including livelihoods, land use, management of land and forest. In order to conduct this study, the researcher went to the village thre...
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Delivering on the Paris Promises: Combating Climate Change while Protecting Rights

Author: Sébastien Duyck & Erika Lennon (CIEL – Center for International Environmental Law / coordinating authors), Lapka Nuri Sherpa (AIPP - Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact), Tonya Rawe (CARE), Anabella Rosemberg (ITUC – International Trade Union Confederation), Kathrin Wessendorf & Lærke Marie Lund Petersen (IWGIA – International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs), Monica Camacho (Rainforest Foundation Norway) (The “Ecosystem Integrity” part is based on a paper written by REDD+ Safeguards Working Group 2015), and Juliana Vélez Uribe (WEDO).
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: May
The negotiations of the Paris Rule Book are critical to ensuring that the promises made in the Paris Agreement will be met – including the commitment of governments to respect, protect, and take into consideration existing human rights obligations.
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Indigenous Women

Author: Inter-American Comission on Human Rights
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Financially supported by: IWGIA, Danida
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: April 17
Standing tall, head held high, her dignity on full display. That’s the image of an empowered indigenous woman confronting discrimination and violence, saying “enough is enough” to the tragic impact of extractive industries and other development projects in her ancestral territories. The play of shapes that combines an indigenous woman’s silhouette with mountains, lakes, trees, and moon/sun...
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The Sea Within: Marine Tenure and Cosmopolitical Debates

Author: Editors: Hélène Artaud and Alexandre Surrallés
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-87-6
Publication language: English
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: april-17
Recent texts on the rights of indigenous peoples clearly show that indigenous ownership of marine and coastal spaces must be respected. In addition, their rights to their sea spaces must be guaranteed according to local perceptions, and this is masterly described by some articles in this book. This is expressed in the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP...
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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. Read The Indigenous World.

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