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Towards the conquest of self-determination

Cover of the IWGIA Barbados + 50 book
Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Alberto Chirif
Number of pages: 416
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-19-7
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America
Release year: 2021
50 years since the Barbados Declaration This year, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting held on the Caribbean island of Barbados, where a group of 15 anthropologists (14 men and 1 woman) from Amazonian, Central American and European countries met to reflect on the situation of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. The symposium, organized by the University of Berne’s Institute...
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Indigenous Navigator: Innovating Indigenous Education through the Small Grants Facility

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Author: Romina Quezada Morales
Number of pages: 40
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-33-3
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Financially supported by: The European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: 07/01
This report presents the real-life experiences of Indigenous Peoples as they implement pilot projects that address educational needs identified by themselves through the Indigenous Navigator’s small grants facility. It shows how the Indigenous Navigator framework was used to create a data collection tool to monitor progress towards the fulfilment of Indigenous human rights and the global goals ...
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Indigenous Peoples in a changing world of work: Exploring Indigenous Peoples' economic and social rights through the Indigenous Navigator

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Author: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel
Number of pages: 62
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-15-9
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Global
Financially supported by: European Union
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise in 11 countries relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report explores indigenous peoples’ experiences in a world of work undergoing transformation.
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The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples – Progress achieved, the implementation gap and challenges for the next Decade

Publisher: The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Author: José Aylwin – Johannes Rohr
Number of pages: 65
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-30-2
Publication language: English
Financially supported by: Christensen Fund, DANIDA
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, IWGIA and Indigenous Peoples Rights International are happy to announce the publication of “The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples: Progress Achieved, the Implementation Gap and Challenges for the Next Decade”  
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IWGIA Annual Report 2020

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 34
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Global
Region publication is about: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Release year: 2021
Release month / day: June 01
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has impacted on all corners of the world and on all spheres of our lives and livelihoods. Indigenous Peoples have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic. This Annual Report will therefore give a broad overview of how the pandemic has affected the world’s Indigenous Peoples. IWGIA’s yearbook, The Indigenous World 2021, provides further extensive documenta...
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The Indigenous World 2021

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: General Editor: Dwayne Mamo
Number of pages: 824
ISBN number: 978-87-93961-23-4
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2121
Release month / day: April
This compilation 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. We thank them and celebrate the bonds and sense of community that result from the close cooperation needed to make this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.   For 35 conse...
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IWGIA Annual Report 2019

Publisher: IWGIA
Publication language: 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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The Indigenous World 2020

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: General Editor: Dwayne Mamo
Number of pages: 784
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-98-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2020
Release month / day: April
The compilation 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. We thank them and celebrate the bonds and sense of community that result from the close cooperation needed to make this one-of-a kind documentation tool available.   For 34 consec...
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Water Management in the Trans-Himalaya Rain Shadow of Lo-menthang: The Kghyamba System Steers Irrigation Practice for Lhoba People

Publisher: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) - Climate Change Partnership Program.
Author: Tunga B. Rai
Number of pages: 44
ISBN number: 978-9937-0-7372-1
Publication language: English
Country publication is about: Nepal
Region publication is about: Asia
Financially supported by: IWGIA
Release year: 2020
This case study unravels the example of how a customary institution is embedded in the social and physical uniqueness of a community of indigenous peoples. It demonstrates the value of recognizing and safeguarding the customary institutions and knowledge of indigenous peoples. This case study presents the facts—how the knowledge system and customary institutions of indigenous peoples are value-d...
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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.
Publisher: IWGIA
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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Déliberations Quatrième Réunion Mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA, 12 et 13 février 2019

Publisher: FIDA & IWGIA
Number of pages: 44
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

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
Number of pages: 20
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

Publisher: POINT, IWGIA
Author: Julia Fogerite
Number of pages: 21
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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The Indigenous World 2019

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: 97 authors / Compilation and editing: David Nathaniel Berger
Number of pages: 600
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-93-7
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
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 a...
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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Customary Land in Myanmar: Current Status and the Way Forward

Publisher: POINT
Number of pages: 83
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

Publisher: IWGIA
Number of pages: 56
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: 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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Rights to Respect amidst the era of Climate Change: Regional Learning workshop on IP Women and Customary Land Tenure

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
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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Indigenous peoples, land rights and forest conservation in Myanmar

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Christian Erni
Number of pages: 98
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: 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

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Compilation and editing: Pamela Jacquelin-Andersen
Number of pages: 564
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-85-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
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

Publisher: POINT
Number of pages: 30
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.
Publisher: Christian Literature Centre, Guwahati
Number of pages: 328
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: 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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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

Publisher: ACHPR & IWGIA
Number of pages: 140
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: 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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Customary Land Tenure: Case Study in Sar Pauk Village

Publisher: POINT - IWGIA
Number of pages: 30
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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The Indigenous World 2017

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Compilation and editing: Katrine Broch Hansen, Käthe Jepsen and Pamela Leiva Jacquelin
Number of pages: 652
ISBN number: 978-87-92786-72-2
ISSN number: 1024-0217
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: World
Financially supported by: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA)
Release year: 2017
Release month / day: April
This yearbook gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights situation across the world, and offers an overview of the most significant developments in international and regional processes relating to indigenous peoples during 2016. The Indigenous World contains 71 articles and country reports all written by indigenous and non-indigenous ac...
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Indigenous Women

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Inter-American Comission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 151
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

Publisher: IWGIA
Author: Editors: Hélène Artaud and Alexandre Surrallés
Number of pages: 228
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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Indigenous Peoples, Communities of African Descent, Extractive Industries

Publisher: OAS with the financial support by IWGIA
Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Number of pages: 182
ISBN number: OEA/Ser.L/V/II.Doc. 47/15
Publication language: English
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 2015
Release month / day: jan-01
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses in this report State obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation, and development activities concerning natural resources. Through the implementation of its monitoring mechanisms, the Commission has consistently received information evidencing the human, social, health, cultural and environmental impacts of these projects on i...
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