Publications

In the context of international, regional and national processes, the ILO publishes a number of studies, reports, working papers and newsletters on issues that are relevant to indigenous peoples, either thematically or related to a specific geographical region.

February 2013

  1. Understanding the Indigenous and Tribal People Convention, 1989 (No. 169)

    19 February 2013

    This handbook aims to answer some of the essential questions regarding Convention No. 169 and is addressed to governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as for indigenous and tribal peoples.

August 2012

  1. United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) Strategic Framework 2011-2015

    02 August 2012

    (UNIPP) is a joint rights and results based initiative between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The Partnership underscores the significant place of indigenous peoples as rights holders under international human rights law so as to advance the rights of these peoples.

  2. United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Brochure (2012): Delivering as One UN at the country level

    02 August 2012

    Indigenous and tribal peoples constitute at least 5,000 distinct peoples with a population of more than 370 million, living in 70 different countries. They are part of the overall contribution of all peoples’ to the diversity and richness of the world. Yet there is an urgent need to respect, promote and protect their inherent collective and individual rights that derive from their social, economic, cultural and political institutions, traditions and knowledge. This Brochure addresses the collective strategy of the five UN agencies in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.

November 2010

  1. Developing women’s entrepreneurship in the Papua Highlands - special edition, November 2010

    02 November 2010

    Under the poverty reduction component, the ILO specifically managed the ESD programme. The project was aimed at facilitating activities to develop entrepreneurship skills among communities in these regions, primarily among indigenous Papuan women, in three regencies of Jayawijaya, Lani Jaya and Yahukimo.

April 2010

  1. Monitoring Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Rights through ILO Conventions _ A compilation of ILO Supervisory Bodies’ Comments 2009-2010

    01 April 2010

    The implementation of all ILO Conventions is monitored by the ILO supervisory bodies. This allows a continuous dialogue to take place between the Organization and the Governments concerned with the involvement of employers’ and workers’ organizations (trade unions), with a view to strengthening the implementation of these Conventions. The aim of the present publication is to present some of the most recent comments adopted by the ILO supervisory bodies concerning indigenous and tribal peoples. They are preceded by a brief introduction to the ILO supervisory mechanisms.

February 2010

  1. Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the New Constitution of Nepal

    11 February 2010

  2. Relevant Constitutional Provisions in Other Countries and Safeguards on Indigenous Peoples' Right in Other Laws - Addendum

    10 February 2010

November 2009

  1. Application of Convention No. 169 by domestic and international courts in Latin America - A casebook

    11 November 2009

    This Casebook contains summaries of judicial decisions from ten countries in Latin America, as well as a selection of relevant judgements and reports from the Inter- American human rights system. The introduction sets out the context of the national legal systems of the countries concerned and gives an overview of the types of cases selected. The case summaries highlight how the courts have relied on Convention No. 169. The Casebook will be useful for judges, lawyers and legal educators, and a source of information for indigenous and tribal peoples and their organizations in the context of advocacy and litigation. The publication is also intended as a way to share the experiences of Latin America with interested stakeholders in other regions.

October 2009

  1. Electronic Newsletter PRO169 - October 2009

    02 October 2009

    This is the second edition of PRO 169's electronic newsletter. Since the first edition in June 2009, there have been a number of developments within the programme including the initiation of activities in Central America and Bangladesh; organisation of various seminars and training programmes at Headquarters; new publications and further expansion of existing websites. PRO 169 has also undergone an external evaluation by three indigenous experts. In collaboration with the OHCHR, PRO 169 organised the celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.

  2. OVERVIEW REPORT of the Research Project by the International Labour Organization and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the constitutional and legislative protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in 24 African countries

    02 October 2009

    This report provides the results of a research project by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Communities/Populations in Africa (African Commission Working Group), with the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), University of Pretoria, acting as implementing institution. The project examined the extent to which the legal framework of 24 selected African countries impacts on and protects the rights of indigenous peoples. The main aims of the project were twofold: firstly, to contribute to the development of a suitable policy and legal framework for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples; and secondly, to build the capacity and raise the awareness of relevant actors amongst indigenous peoples and government institutions, in order to improve the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights in African States.

  3. Electronic Newsletter PRO169 - October 2009

    02 October 2009

    This is the second edition of PRO 169's electronic newsletter. Since the first edition in June 2009, there have been a number of developments within the programme including the initiation of activities in Central America and Bangladesh; organisation of various seminars and training programmes at Headquarters; new publications and further expansion of existing websites. PRO 169 has also undergone an external evaluation by three indigenous experts. In collaboration with the OHCHR, PRO 169 organised the celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.

  4. The ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Populations, 1957 (No.107) and the laws of Bangladesh: A comparative Review

    02 October 2009

    The initial idea of undertaking this study came about in 2005 as a result of increasing requests by indigenous peoples’ organizations in Bangladesh for the ILO to re-open dialogue with the Government of Bangladesh on implementation of ILO’s Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention, 1957 (No. 107). Although Convention No. 107 was ratified by Bangladesh in 1972, it had not been used systematically by the ILO and the Government of Bangladesh as an instrument for dialogue on development needs and strategies for indigenous and tribal populations in the country, despite its potential in this regard.

July 2009

  1. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- Key Principles in Implementing ILO Convention No. 169, Case Study #7

    31 July 2009

    This is an analysis of a number of case studies documenting best practices in implementing Convention No. 169. It covers selected principles of the Convention: (i) the concept of “Indigenous Peoples”; (ii) the right to be consulted; (iii) the right to decide own development priorities; (iv) the right to education; (v) cross-boundary contacts and co-operation; (vi) indigenous peoples’ institutions; (vii) customs and customary law; and (viii) Indigenous peoples’ participation in/contribution to ILO’s supervisory mechanisms.

  2. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- Oqaatsip Kimia: The Power of the Word: Case Study #11

    31 July 2009

    The study analyse some of the challenges Greenlanders have faced and face today, in a globalized world threatened by climate changes and at a time where they are not only about to take over the full responsibility for the education sector but where their country is negotiating with Denmark for greater autonomy.

  3. Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169- The Finnmark Act (Norway), Case Study #3

    31 July 2009

    This case study is an introduction to the Finnmark Act, and an analysis of the Act in relation to the ILO Convention. The study focuses on the process leading to the adoption of the Act and the substantive content of the Act, as well as the interdependency between the process and the substantive legal content of the Act. Besides focusing on State’s obligation to consult the indigenous peoples concerned through appropriate procedures whenever consideration is being given to legislative or other measures which may affect them directly, the case study also demonstrates that consultations can have enormous substantive influence.

June 2009

  1. Electronic Newsletter PRO169 - June 2009

    10 June 2009

    Welcome to the PRO 169 electronic newsletter. This is the first issue of PRO 169's electronic newsletter, which replaces the earlier printed newsletter. The aspiration is to reach a larger number of readers faster!

May 2009

  1. Indigenous & Tribal People's Rights in Practice - A Guide to ILO Convention No. 169

    10 May 2009

    This publication is a result of collaborative efforts of a wide group of ILO staff, indigenous organizations, experts and researchers on the main aspects of indigenous and tribal peoples’ rights. It hopes to provide governments, indigenous and tribal peoples and workers’ and employers’ organizations with a practical tool for the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, based on the experiences, good practices and lessons learned that have been generated so far.

  2. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2009

    01 May 2009

May 2008

  1. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2008

    01 May 2008

April 2008

  1. Including indigenous peoples in poverty reduction strategies

    30 April 2008

    A Practice Guide based on experiences from Cambodia, Cameroon and Nepal