This blog post was derived from a longer report, Preliminary Inquiry into Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in EITI Multi-Stakeholder Groups.
Across mineral rich and developing regions of the world, substantial natural resource wealth rests with Indigenous and tribal communities. And yet, throughout the world, Indigenous Peoples have historically suffered disproportionately from negative impacts of extractive activities in their territories: lack of consent, control, recognition, and benefit, and even outright theft and violence.
The global transparency movement has the potential to play a part in changing that past for the better by supporting Indigenous People’s greater participation in resource decision-making on their territories and in their countries. Used robustly, transparency can empower Indigenous Peoples to hold governments, including their own Indigenous governments, and companies to account for the payments made and received for resources and harness the development of their lands for their peoples’ own needs and wants.