6th October 2014, Washington DC, US
YOU ARE INVITED TO:
Safeguarding Land, Housing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights - A civil society-hosted roundtable discussion with the World Bank on the draft Environmental and Social Framework
Sponsored by Inclusive Development International, Oxfam, Heinrich Boll Foundation, and Forest Peoples Programme
October 6th, 9.00am – 1.00pm, Open Society Foundation, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW #700, Washington DC
In late August, the World Bank released the first draft of its proposed new Environmental and Social Framework for public consultation. While the Bank defends its draft as a “broadening and strengthening of the existing policies,” civil society groups and indigenous peoples’ organisations from around the world have expressed serious concerns about the potential impact of the proposed changes on the lives and livelihoods of affected peoples. This included over 120 civil society organizations, social movements, indigenous peoples’ organizations, professional associations and scholars issuing a statement strongly rejecting the failure to protect land rights in the draft framework. The statement argues that the draft framework represents a significant dilution of current policies, which will exacerbate the global land tenure insecurity crisis, undermine international human rights standards and force poor and vulnerable groups to shoulder the costs of development.
The roundtable discussion will examine what the draft framework would mean in practice for land, housing, and indigenous peoples’ rights vis-à-vis World Bank operations. The discussion will be prompted by case study presentations on the adverse impacts of four Bank projects in Kenya, Cambodia, Laos and Guatemala. Following the presentations, participants will engage in an open discussion on whether the draft framework would effectively protect land rights and safeguard against these types of impacts.
Mark King, World Bank Chief Environmental and Social Standards Officer, and other members of the Safeguards Review team will join the discussion.
Case Study Presentations
Natural Resource Management Project – Kenya
Dr. Christopher Kidd - Project Officer at Forest Peoples Programme
Peter Kitelo (by video link) - Strategic Director of the Chekpitale Indigenous Peoples Development Project
Nam Theun II Hydropower Project - Laos
Bruce Shoemaker - Independent Researcher
Dragon Capital Group Financial Intermediary Agribusiness Project – Cambodia
Thuon Ratha - Researcher at Equitable Cambodia
Land Administration Project - Guatemala
Fernando Galeana - Former Bank consultant on land administration projects in Latin America
Refreshments will be provided.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by clicking here as soon as possible.
The Open Society Foundation is graciously hosting this event at its offices at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW #700, Washington DC