Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Responsible finance

The Responsible Finance Programme (RFP) aims to make public and private finance for development and the environment fully accountable to the public and affected communities. FPP advocates for rights-based approaches in development and emphasises that international finance agencies have a duty to ensure that the aid and investments that they support uphold the obligations of donor and recipient countries under international law.

Advocacy targets include the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and Asian Development Bank alongside bilateral aid agencies such as the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The programme also carries out advocacy on the private sector with the aim of promoting respect for human rights and greater corporate accountability.

FPP’s advocacy activities seek to ensure that international financial institutions (IFIs) and development agencies adopt and fully comply with social and environmental policies that are in line with international standards, including human rights norms. RFP tracks the different safeguard policies of IFIs and pushes for upward harmonisation in standards and the establishment of mechanisms and incentives to promote effective implementation of safeguards.

Major efforts are also made to monitor IFI loan and grant operations affecting forests and forest-dependent communities. Where requested by local partners, FPP may also assist community appeals and complaints to IFI accountability mechanisms in order to help them secure redress and expose problems in IFI due diligence.

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Press Release: World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

29 July, 2014


Tuesday 29 July 2014 / For immediate release.

A new statement provided to the World Bank highlights the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause. 

World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

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Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

FPP, Sawit Watch and TUK Indonesia

7 November, 2013

Conflict or consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.

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Peruvian indigenous organisations denounce Inter American Bank land titling project

30 July, 2014

Peru: Indigenous organisations consider formal complaint against the Inter American Bank land titling project for violations of indigenous rights and for undermining commitments to reduce deforestation ahead of COP20 in Lima.

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World Bank’s Draft Safeguards Fail to Protect Land Rights and Prevent Impoverishment: Major Revisions Required

29 July, 2014

97 non-governmental organizations and civil society networks and 17 distinguished individuals from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe sent this collaborative statement to the World Bank’s Board, demanding that the draft be sent back to the drawing board and re-written with serious safeguards to respect and protect the land, housing and livelihood rights of the poor.

View the statement here

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World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

29 July, 2014

PRESS RELEASE (July 29 2014)

World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor: Global civil society response gathers momentum

Grave concerns are held by civil society regarding the proposed weakening of the World Bank’s protections for land rights and land tenure in the leaked new draft Environmental and Social Standards.

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Civil Society Statement on ESS6- Biodiversity, World Bank Environmental and Social Framework CODE Draft

29 July, 2014

Proposed changes to safeguards for forests, natural habitats and biodiversity raise serious concerns among civil society organisations around the world. These concerns have been raised with the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE), the Board committee tasked with determining if the current draft proposals are ready for public consultation.

Civil Society Statement ESS6 Biodiversity

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Latin American and Caribbean civil society organisations concerns on the World Bank Environmental and Social Policy and Environmental and Social Standards First Draft

29 July, 2014

49 civil society organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean sent a collective statement to the World Bank highlighting their concerns with the structural changes to safeguard policies in the Bank being proposed that would, if adopted, weaken social and environmental standards for affected peoples and the environment.

Rear the statement here (PDF):


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World Bank Safeguard Draft Rolls-Back Protections for People and the Environment Key Human Rights Concerns

29 July, 2014

A statement from the Bank on Human Rights Coalition submitted to the World Bank Executive Board. The World Bank has repeatedly committed to producing a new safeguard framework that results in no-dilution of the existing safeguards and which reflects prevailing international standards. Instead, the draft safeguard framework distributed this month to the Committee on Development Effectiveness represents a profound dilution of the existing safeguards and an undercutting of international human rights standards and best practice among development institutions.

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Final Statement on Draft World Bank Safeguard Policy

29 July, 2014

This statement, prepared jointly by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), contains views and recommendations for improving the draft for the second round of consultations. We have been engaging in the review process since it was launched in 2011 and we hope that the dilutions to the current safeguard policies shall be addressed properly, and the added provisions such as the on the free prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples be strengthened, along with the legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and resources.

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CSO letter on support for CAO

15 July, 2014

CSO letter to the President of the World Bank Group expressing support for the office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).

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