This discussion explores the findings of First Peoples Worldwide’s “Indigenous Rights Risk Report” that advocates for the protection of Indigenous Rights as good business practice and shares examples in Africa. Topics include how communities, funders, investors, and corporations can use First Peoples Worldwide’s “Indigenous Rights Risk Report” as a market-based advocacy tool. The findings make the case that protecting the rights of the Indigenous in Africa and around the globe is good business.
“Indigenous Rights Risk Report” exposes risk to shareholders when the rights of Indigenous people are ignored. The report analyzed 370 oil, gas and mining extractive projects on or near Indigenous territories, and assigned each a risk score based on the probability of violating or upholding the rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) as outlined in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples. the methodology used and general findings from the report, definition of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), examples of extractive projects on or near Indigenous land in Niger Delta and Ghana are discussed followed by audience questions and discussion.
Speaker: Nick Pelosi, Corporate Engagement Associate, First Peoples Worldwide and Researcher on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples
Moderator: Talaya Grimes, Program and Communication Coordinator, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group
Date: December 18, 2013
Q&A: What is the affect of land division due to colonialism and how do these historical land divisions play into risk companies now face in doing business in Africa?
Q&A: Please elaborate on how Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) works on the ground between indigenous communities and extractive industries? How can funders use this report in their work to support communities under pressure from business interest?
Q&A: Is there an extractive industry that is proactive in assessing their risk and considering FPIC in dealing with indigenous communities? Using the Niger Delta Region as an example, how can a company work with multiple indigenous communities in one area?