AIPP’s Latest Publications

Briefing Paper: Development For Whom?

With the Asia region becoming the new investment and economic development hub, indigenous peoples face increasing marginalization and violations to their individual and collective rights. Asia is home to around 2/3 of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples and they share a common situation as other indigenous peoples in other parts of the world – they are part of the most marginalized and at the bottom rung of the development ladder. Even with this, indigenous peoples have been maintaining and sustaining their culture, traditions, and their strong connections to their lands and territories for their sustenance and continuity of their ...

Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries

Indigenous women view forests as a common wealth of all, within which individual families may use and manage portions of the forest for their needs. All members of the community can enjoy the benefits of forest products in accordance with the customs or rules set by the community. Particular customary laws and practices are applied in managing, protecting and improving forest resources such as in the cultivation of land, identification of forest zones, and proper use and collection of forest products. Classification of forests is particularly important in designating and protecting critical areas that are off-limits to exploitation. Indigenous women ...

Leadership training for indigenous peoples

This leadership training (LT) manual is intended to build the capacity of indigenous peoples’ leaders, communities and organizations to lead and manage their organizations. The trainingfocuses on leadership principles and organizational management.It provides knowledge and skills needed by indigenous peoples in leading and running their organizations. It also includes skills on advocacy for the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, on community development and management of projects and activities and facilitation skills. Included at the end of the training manual are annexes containing particular context papers, specific case studies, actual experiences and samples of organizational structures, which may be used as ...

Community Organising training manual

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 though the Indigenous Community Organising and Leadership Training (ICOLT) project of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation from 2006 to 2009. This Manual is similar to the PACOS COT Manual 2005 which consists of input materials and the process involved in training community organizers who are mainly indigenous youths with no previous exposure or training. The materials in the ...

Indigenous Women Programme publishes HerStory!

In December 2013, AIPP’s Indigenous Women Programme published “HerStory of Empowerment, Leadership and Justice”, made possible by the generous funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. ‘The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and ...

Survival under Threat: Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

The publication of this report has come at a time when the Indigenous peoples of Bangladesh are facing increasing challenges to the enjoyment of their human rights including the continuing denial of their existence by the Government of Bangladesh. It also comes at a time when instead of advancing the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts [CHT] Accord, several parties seem to be bent on railroading its substantive implementation. Violence against Indigenous women continues to plague women who are going about their daily chores and girls who are attending schools. There is increased communal violence which has reached an alarming ...

Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women Against Destructive Mining

This publication is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. These testimonies have been shared earlier in the following fora: 1. National Consultation Workshop on ASEAN Mechanisms, Corporate Social Responsibilities and Indigenous Peoples, Baguio City, Philippines, 13 – 14 November 2010 2. National Consultation Workshop on ASEAN Mechanisms, Corporate Social Responsibilities and Indigenous Peoples, Jakarta, Indonesia, 16 – 17 November 2010 3. Southeast Asia Regional Consultation on Development, Access to Justice and the Human Rights of Indigenous Women, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 30 October – 2 November 2013 ...

Managing forests, sustaining lives, improving livelihoods of indigenous peoples and ethnic groups in the Mekong region, Asia

Lessons learned from the Learning Route This paper presents the Learning Route, ‘Managing Forests, Sustaining Lives, Improving Livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Groups in the Mekong Region’, undertaken in November 2012 by PROCASUR and AIPP with the support of IFAD. It describes the Learning Route process, outputs and outcomes, as well as lessons learned, in addition to two case studies – one in Lao PDR and the other in Thailand – of community-based forest management, communal land titles and sustainable livelihoods. The document also provides a general overview of the land tenure system and its effect on the traditional ...

Learn and Exercise Your Rights: A simplified version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

While Indigenous peoples are five percent of the global population, they comprise fifteen percent of the poorest of the poor. Throughout centuries, indigenous peoples have been asserting and defending their lands, territories and resources as the source of their distinct identities, cultures and ways of life. They continue to voice out and demand the recognition of their collective rights as a matter of attaining equality and dignity for all. 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 ...

A Training Manual on “Advocacy, Lobbying and Negotiation Skills for Indigenous Peoples in Climate Change and REDD+”

While indigenous peoples’ low carbon lifestyles contribute little to climate change, it is on our ancestral lands that impacts of global climate change are first felt. The ways that indigenous peoples have sustainably managed natural resources for hundreds of years can help mitigate climate change impacts. Given this wisdom, indigenous peoples should play central roles in international climate change negotiations. Strong and concerted advocacy and lobbying by indigenous peoples of the world is necessary to achieve this. Indigenous peoples have proactively engaged in international negotiations for their full and effective participation in decision making and collective rights to lands, territories ...