Informal Exchange on the World Bank’s Review/Update on the Indigenous Peoples Policy, December 2012

Informal Exchange on the World Bank’s Review/Update on the Indigenous Peoples Policy, December 2012


A.  Substantive inputs for the content of the IP Policy in particular and safeguard policies in general

  1. The main framework of the WB Safeguard Policies (not only IP Policy) shall be consistent with and adhere to international human rights instruments especially with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (UNDRIP) and ILO Convention 169
  2. Requirement for the proper conduct of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) instead of Free Prior and Informed Consultation
  3. Measures to respect and protect the collective rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources, cultural heritage and distinct identities
  4. Recognition of pastoralism as a distinct lifestyle and pastoralists as indigenous peoples of Africa
  5. Measures to prohibit forced relocation of indigenous peoples 
  6. Measures to protect indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation 
  7. Mechanisms for the full and effective engagements and participation of indigenous peoples at all levels (local, national, regional and international)
  8. To account for the gender dimension in terms of risks and impacts as well as the vulnerabilities and needs of women
  9. To conduct independent evaluation of the implementation of IP Policy to include case studies in order to draw the lessons and gaps that shall be accounted for in the review and update of the IP Policy
  10. The IP Policy shall remain as stand-alone and safeguard policies shall cover not only investment funding but shall also include Development Policy Lending (DPL), P4R, Country Systems   as these also affect social, human rights and environment issues relevant for indigenous peoples.

B.  Recommendations to the process and conduct of the Review/Update of the WB’s Safeguard Policies

  1. Translation and dissemination of relevant documents relating to the review/update process in languages understood by indigenous peoples
  2. All input provided by indigenous peoples and others be put in a matrix  with attribution and with reference to items included in the draft  IP Policy  and to be made public the earliest possible
  3. Conduct of specific consultations with indigenous peoples at the national, regional and global levels during the public consultations of the first draft and the second draft of the IP Policy in particular, and safeguard policies in general 
  4. Ensure the effective participation of indigenous peoples in the conduct of in-country consultations with key actors and stakeholders
  5. Ensure the effective participation of indigenous experts in UN bodies and mechanisms in the review/update process
  6. Coordinate with the IP working group on the review process to be established by indigenous peoples to facilitate information dissemination and exchange, submissions and inputs, conduct of consultations at the regional and global levels
  7. Working groups on FPIC and land tenure be established to provide inputs and guidance in the drafting the IP Policy update
  8. Provide for a mechanism for different stakeholders to exchange views on their recommendations to content of the safeguard policies especially on the IP Policy
  9. To hold a dialogue between indigenous leaders and the Executive Board of the WB relating to the IP Policy recommendations of indigenous peoples in particular and to other safeguards in general preferably after the first draft of the safeguard policies

Prepared and presented by: Joan CarlingAsia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)December 8, 2012. Doha, Qatar