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This website provides information and resources on FPIC as a tool of self-determination to assist communities in decision making. We have selected articles, tool kits, videos, voice messages, and community stories about FPIC and consultation.

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Demanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent Across Borders - Making Rights Real in Colombia
News Article

2012 - English - Technical

Demanding Free, Prior and Informed Consent A...

Aviva Chomsky


This article discusses a workshop that was conducted in Colombia in partnership between a U.S. based grassroots organization called Witness for Peace (WfP) and local community activists in Guatemala and Colombia. In the workshop, Guatemalans who had successfully been using FPIC to withhold their consent to development projects, taught the Colombians strategies with which to resist industry using community consultations and advocacy.

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Through " Free Prior Informed Consent": Reflections from the Bolivian Case
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Advanced

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Thr...

Jean Grugel, Lorenza Fontana


This article explores the challenges of ethnic-based participation and its potential for creating inclusive and effective forms of decision-making for marginalized social groups. Empirically, it examines a recent attempt to establish more participative forms of resource and development governance for indigenous communities in Bolivia through Free Prior and Informed Consent.

This paper discusses various contemporary issues surrounding human rights, Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the extractive industries, focusing on the Brazilian context.

Civil Society Participation in International Decision Making: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives in the Indigenous Rights Arena
Scientific Paper

2012 - English - Moderate

Civil Society Participation in International...

Enzamaría Tramontana


This article looks that the fact that while a number of positive steps have been taken to allow indigenous peoples the possibility to take part in relevant intergovernmental decision-making processes, there’s a need to provide their own self-governing institutions and organisations with a more influential status than that granted to civil society organizations.

An Analysis of Factors Leading to the Establishment of a Social Licence to Operate in the Mining Industry
Scientific Paper

In an effort to identify key determinants of SLO outcomes in the mining industry, this paper presents a comparative case study analysis of four international mining operations: Red Dog Mine in Alaska, USA; Minto Mine in Yukon, Canada; the proposed Tambogrande Mine in Peru; and the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea.

Maintaining Legitimacy of a Contested Practice: How the Minerals Industry Understands its 'Social Licence to Operate'
Scientific Paper

This article presents findings of interviews with 16 managers in the minerals industry in Australia. It explores how these managers conceptualise social licence in relation to notions such as legitimacy, approval, and consent, how they interpret processes of social licence in practice, and how they differentiate it from concepts such as CSR.

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