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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The Indigenous Wampis people of the Upper Amazon in Peru establish their own autonomous self governing body

28 September, 2015

The Indigenous Wampis people of the Upper Amazon in Peru establish their own autonomous self governing  body to control and oversee their integral
territory. The Wampis communities reject large dam, road and hydrocarbon projects in their territory, (Statements and resolutions available in Spanish only).

Click here to view the statements

Statement A

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Video: Territories of Life - A video toolkit for indigenous peoples about land and rights


28 September, 2015

Indigenous communities around the world are seeing their lands threatened by the extractive and agro-industries, by conservation schemes and by tourism developments.  This video looks into the scale, drivers and impacts of the global rush for land. In this video we hear from indigenous peoples from Asia, Latin America and Africa who have first hand experience of the impacts of land grabs.

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New film denounces forced resettlement of Dayak peoples in Sarawak

24 July, 2015

Sarawak, Malaysia: A new film from the Borneo project, Broken Promises: Displaced by Dams,  made in conjunction of the indigenous peoples of central Sarawak and many support organisations summarises the threat posed by 17 large dams under development. Featuring interviews with numerous Dayaks and activists, the film describes the impact of previous dams, shows the strong and growing mobilisation in opposition to these impositions and calls for alternative development and energy supply systems.

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Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

15 July, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the project for over five years. Though the findings validate community concerns, the World Bank has not committed to correcting the damage caused by its failures in this project.

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Groups Propose New Development Model for BRICS New Development Bank

11 July, 2015

Today as the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) meet in Ufa, Russia to launch the New Development Bank, over 40 civil society organizations and social movements from around the world sent an open letter, urging the BRICS to break with the failed development models of the past and ensure that the NDB is truly something new. The letter lays out 4 Principles for a New Development Model: 1) Promote development for all; 2) Be transparent and democratic; 3) Set strong standards and make sure they’re followed; 4) Promote sustainable development.

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Guyana Article: Gold For Green Forests

9 July, 2015

The large-scale hunt for gold not only destroys rainforest in Guyana, it also threatens a deal for billions in funds from Norway

Read the full article on the Forest Peoples Programme Oximity page here

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Video: Infrastructural violence and the monopoly system in Indonesia’s oil palm plantation zone

9 July, 2015

A video lecture about oil palm in Indonesia and its social, economic and political impacts. Based on long term research in Sanggau District in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, carried out by dozens of students and two professors from Gajah Mada and Toronto Universities, it provides academic confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years, backed with detailed facts and statistics. Time for a rethink of the (neo-)colonial plantation model.

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PRESS RELEASE: Palm oil giant Wilmar resorts to dirty tricks

7 July, 2015

Full Release: English / Bahasa Indonesia

World’s largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International Ltd., under scrutiny as communities accuse its suppliers of harassment, deception and rights abuses.

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CSO Letter to the Green Climate Fund

1 July, 2015

A joint letter from over a hundred civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations requesting public consultation on the Information Disclosure Policy being development by the Green Climate Fund, the operational funding arm of the UN Climate Change Convention. 

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Letter to World Bank Group Special Representative to the EU

22 June, 2015

Letter responding to consultation called on Development Policy Lending, an area of Bank financing that does not apply safeguards.

Read the response in full here

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