Links - Community Organising

Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide

From Namati, an international organisation that tests the potential of legal empowerment through innovative interventions and research, this Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities to map their boundaries, adopt equitable rules for land governance, and secure legal tenure. The Guide details a five-part process for protecting community lands and examines questions like: “Who is included or excluded when defining a ‘community’?”, “How to resolve longstanding boundary disputes?”, and “How can communities prepare for interactions with potential investors?” The Guide goes beyond documentation to address issues of women’s land rights, inclusive governance, cultural revitalization, ecosystem regeneration, and more. Every chapter includes exercises, sample forms, and tips from veteran land protection advocates. All activities are easily adaptable to a range of cultures, contexts, and community goals. Use this link to download the guide.

Community Protocols

Protocols developed by Indigenous peoples or mobile or local communities ("community protocols") are gaining recognition as a useful means by which a range of peoples and communities can engage with others according to their values, and on the basis of customary, national and international rights and responsibilities. This website is intended for Indigenous peoples, mobile and local communities, their community-based and non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and researchers, among others, to: - Provide information about community protocols, - Share good practice about the development and use of community protocols, - Highlight the questions that peoples and communities are raising about community protocols, - Provide a range of resources relevant for the development and use of community protocols, and - Act as a clearing house for protocols developed by Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Kayapo Filmmaker: “Video Is our Bow”

Belo Monte on the Xingu River is among more than 60 dam constructions approved by the Brazilian government to increase energy production, despite more than two decades of protests and battles about its sustainability and legality. The Kayapo and other indigenous and environmental groups oppose the dam project due to its negative environmental impacts on their lands and traditional ways of life. Here the indigenous community use film to record what officials say and do, thus holding the government accountable. The link below will take you to National Geographic's website where the film can be viewed See also the link to LifeMosaic's Communication Resource page, which provides resources to promote discussion: What are the key messages that are important to share about your community? In what ways do you want to share information about your community to the wider world? In what ways does your community share information within your community? How can this be improved? The Communications video looks at the ways three communities in Indonesia, Tanzania and Ecuador are using radio, internet, mainstream national and international media and video to bring the stories of their struggles to both the wider world and their local area.

Indigenous Rights Radio

Indigenous Rights Radio uses the power of community radio to inform Indigenous communities of their rights. We envision a world in which Indigenous communities, equipped with knowledge of their rights, are empowered to protect their lands, languages, and cultures. Cultural Survival’s Indigenous radio producers gather stories from Indigenous Peoples around the world. In English, Spanish, and a growing array of Indigenous languages, we bring the voices of the native peoples of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas into dynamic dialogue about the meaning of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, their common struggles, and their evolving and innovative solutions to the problems they face today (Cultural Survival).

Pastoral Women’s Council (Tanzania)

The Pastoral Women's Council is a community-based organisation which works with pastoralist and agro-pastorialist women in the Ngorongoro and Longido Districts of the Arusha region, in north-eastern Tanzania. PWC's website contains a wealth of information, links and publications related to their work and the situation of pastoralists in northern Tanzania more generally.

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