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Safeguarding Land, Housing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, 2014

6th October 2014, Washington DC, US


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