The North-South Institute


Free, Prior and Informed Consent

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Resource scarcity is a growing issue that affects everyone. As companies explore and develop projects in ever more remote areas, they are increasingly encountering indigenous peoples and territories. Weak governance regimes in host and home countries, coupled with the lack of implementation of the internationally recognized right of indigenous peoples to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) over projects that affect their land, can lead to conflict.

This project contains over a decade (2000–12) of applied and participatory action research conducted in collaboration with indigenous and Afro-descendant groups of the Americas. It provides practical guidance for policy-makers, mining companies, and local peoples to uphold indigenous people’s rights in decision-making and avoid conflict.

The NSI policy brief A House Undermined: Transforming relations between mining companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas summarizes the findings and policy recommendations from this project. These are presented in greater depth in the analytical report Tipping the Power Balance: Making Free, Prior and Informed Consent Work.

The project included several country-specific studies and resources:

Canada    Colombia    Guyana    Peru    Suriname


Program Funders Program Partners
The International Development Research Centre Amerindian Peoples Association
The Ford Foundation Association for Indigenous Village Leaders
United States Agency for International Development CooperAcción
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Forest Peoples Programme
Inter-American Development Bank Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Rights & Democracy Proceso de Comunidades Negras
Resguardo Indigena Cañamomo Lomaprieta

For more information, please contact:

Pablo Heidrich
Senior Researcher