Social development

Ethnic minorities and indigenous people

Call for submissions: WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

Through this activity, WIPO aims to celebrate and make widely known the creativity of Indigenous and local community youth, as well as raise their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs. The theme of the WIPO Photography ...


Secure land rights are central to eradicating poverty and hunger (Goal 1), advancing women equal rights to economic resources, including land (Goal 5), building a world of justice where human rights are protected (Goal 16), protecting the environment and fighting climate change (Goal 13), and ...

Indigenous Peoples' Data During COVID-19: From External to Internal

Governments have used real-time data and disease trackers quantifying the size, spread, and distribution of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) that emerged in 2019 to inform and influence decision and policy making. Indigenous Peoples have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, whether through infection, fatality, economic ...

Webinar Invitation: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020

Date: 5-7 August 2020 Webinar: Towards self-determination and democratization: Where are we heading?  Program: Day 1: Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 11:00 am-12:00 pm    Session I: (Opening Plenary): Many Peoples, One Struggle 02:00-04:00 pm Session II: Towards self-determination and self-government Day 2: Thursday, 6th August, 2020 10:30-12:00 pm Session III: Securing lands, territories and resources: ...

RightsCon 2020's Panel Discussion: Lessons learnt from mobile data collection applications that strengthen Indigenous data governance towards Indigenous Data Sovereignty
RightsCon 2020

How do Indigenous Peoples exercise their data governance? Register for #RightsCon2020 to join Open Development Mekong‘s panel discussion on lessons learnt from mobile data collection applications that strengthen Indigenous data governance towards Indigenous Data Sovereignty (session ID #8999).   Register for RightsCon, the world’s leading event on ...

Call for participants: Regional Dialogue on Indigenous Youth Social Entrepreneurship
Call for Application Poster

Are you a young Indigenous person who is making a difference through social entrepreneurship and community building? Sign up for the Regional Dialogue on Indigenous Youth Social Entrepreneurship to be held on 20-22 January 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand!  Join here: by 27 November 2019. Applications are open to: Indigenous youth ...

Webinar: The role of indigenous communities in reducing climate change through sustainable land use practices

The climate crisis demands urgent action, yet we live in a politically polarized and paralyzed world. As governments and other actors struggle over climate change, our environment is irreversibly changing. A United Nations report on the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services revealed that three-quarters of ...

Regional Capacity Strengthening Program for Indigenous Peoples Advocates

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in partnership with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is calling for applications for a regional capacity strengthening program – ‘Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Business‘ – to be held in ...

BOOK LAUNCHED: Love, Money and Obligation: Transnational Marriage in a Northeastern Thai Village

Globalization means transnational marriages and intimacies become increasingly viable options for women and men. Patcharin Lapanun explores the marriages of Thai women with *farang* men,  and complicates conventional views about materiality and intimacy in these settings.The sentiments and life stories of women and men engaging in ...

The Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Asia

A new book titled: “The Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Asia”, written for Minority Rights Group International (MRG) based in London, discusses issues that indigenous and tribal peoples of Asia are facing, including complex threats to their survival as ...

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