Why a Stand-Alone Indigenous Peoples Policy within the African Development Bank's Integrated Safeguards System - An Assessment by the CSO Coalition on the AfDB

The African Development Bank is in the process of developing a new Integrated Safeguards System to guide its future lending in Africa. This paper argues that the measures to protect the rights of indigenous peoples in the proposed draft fall far below accepted international norms and standards and need substantial revision. The African Development Bank needs to adopt a standalone policy on Indigenous Peoples consistent with the rights of peoples and indigenous peoples as set out in the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The current draft text puts the AfDB itself, its borrowers and its clients all at risk of developing projects that are not only contrary to African and international standards, but which are likely to generate social conflict rather than promote sustainable development.

Press Release: Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes

As government representatives start formal negotiations in Brazil to seek agreements on so-called ‘green economy’ policies and to assess progress in fulfilling commitments on environment and development made at the Rio Earth Summit twenty years ago, indigenous peoples from all over the world have come together at the Rio+20 global summit to put forward their own solutions for sustainable development and to flag serious risks associated with government ‘green’ proposals.

Help the Ogiek to regain their ancestral lands at Chepkitale, Mount Elgon in Kenya - Request for Donations

The Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, are on the verge of reaching a legal agreement that will have their ancestral lands returned to them. However, they urgently need financial help (around £5,000) in order to make these last steps possible. This is an extraordinary opportunity for them to regain their land and continue their sustainable livelihoods, an extraordinary opportunity for them to gain legal recognition so that they are no longer threatened with eviction.

Ayude a los Ogiek a recuperar sus tierras ancestrales en Chepkitale, en el Monte Elgon, Kenia - Petición de donativos

Los Ogiek del Monte Elgon, Kenia, están a punto de llegar a un acuerdo legal por el que se les devolverán sus tierras ancestrales. Sin embargo, necesitan urgentemente ayuda financiera (alrededor de £5000) para poder dar estos últimos pasos. Es una oportunidad extraordinaria para que recuperen su tierra y continúen con sus medios de vida sostenibles, una oportunidad extraordinaria para que sean legalmente reconocidos y no vuelvan a verse amenazados de desalojo.

Aidez les Ogiek à retrouver leurs terres ancestrales à Chepkitale, au Mont Elgon au Kenya – Demande de donations

Les Ogiek du Mont Elgon, au Kenya, sont sur le point d’arriver à un accord juridique qui permettra que leurs terres ancestrales leur soient restituées. Néanmoins, ils ont besoin de toute urgence d'une aide financière (environ 5000 £) afin de rendre ces dernières étapes possibles. Il s’agit pour eux d'une occasion extraordinaire de reprendre possession de leur terre et de conserver leurs moyens de subsistance durables, d’une occasion extraordinaire d’obtenir une reconnaissance juridique afin qu’ils ne soient plus menacés d’expulsion.

Ajude os Ogiek a retomarem suas terras ancestrais em Chepkitale, no Monte Elgon no Quênia – Pedido de Doações

Os Ogiek do Monte Elgon, Quênia, estão prestes a alcançar um acordo jurídico que lhes devolverá as terras dos seus ancestrais. Contudo, necessitam urgentemente de ajuda financeira (aproximadamente £5.000) para que possam dar estes últimos passos. Esta é uma oportunidade extraordinária para que eles recuperem suas terras e continuem com os seus meios de vida sustentáveis , uma oportunidade extraordinária para que eles ganhem reconhecimento jurídico e não voltem a ser ameaçados de despejo.