Forum invitation 2012

Invitation for the Forumconference 2012 at the University of Tromsø, Norway, 9-10. October 2012:

“Changing standards and practices – the same rights and peoples?”

The Forum for development cooperation with indigenous peoples is a meeting place for indigenous peoples, indigenous people’s organisations, researchers, development workers and managers engaged in North-South cooperation on development. The Forum works to strengthen the attention to indigenous people’s issues in aspects of Norwegian development assistance. It was established by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 and has through the annual conferences focused on a variety of issue, with a cross-cutting theme on how national, bilateral and multilateral policies, actions and practices contribute to the capacity and capability of indigenous peoples to exercise their right to development. More information at web link:

Title of the Forum-conference 2012, set for the dates 9-10. October 2012 is: “Changing standards and practices – the same rights and peoples?”

The previous conference in 2010 addressed “Indigenous Participation in Policy-making: Ideals, Realities and Possibilities”, and revealed a significant implementation gap between the ideals and practice on the ground. The Forum conference in 2011 “Stakes Replacing Rights – New Pathways for Indigenous Peoples in Development Cooperation?” addressed how the approaches outlined in the Paris Declaration on Aid Efficiency and new large scale money-flows in development cooperation, using climate related initiatives as an apt example, may call for new ways to bring in the views of indigenous peoples.

This year, the focus at the Forum conference will be that a substantial part of development cooperation work is directed towards, or has implications for, indigenous peoples. Still, some of the most dominant topics in the current policies are oil and commercial cooperation, forests and climatic change rainforests and dominant population groups. One of the goals of The Forum Conference 2012 is to discuss how indigenous people can be made visible and important in this bigger picture. Forum for development cooperation with indigenous peoples seeks to provide a meeting place for different actors within the field of development work, and to raise questions regarding indigenous people. The Forum Conference 2012 will be a physical meeting place for people working with development cooperation from the fields of research, management and development work; will present and reflect upon the foundations of the forum within Sápmi and the northern regions, and facilitate reflection concerning the current role and future work of the Forum.

Geographically, the Forum Conference 2012 will move from Karasjok, via Indonesia to Brazil. Thematically, it will not only have a focus on indigenous rights, but will move from a focus on policies to an analysis of impact, examine various examples of cooperation between indigenous peoples, and discuss experiences from the emerging indigenous agendas in the Churches. The Forum Conference 2012 wishes to give knowledge, share experiences and raise questions. Among the main speakers you will find:

  • Edward Porokwa, PINGOs Forum, Tanzania: NORAD involvement on REDD with particular involvement of indigenous peoples and issues in Tanzania.
  • Signe Howell, University of Oslo: ‘No Rights – No REDD” a credibility gap between policy and practice’
  • Dmitry Berezhkov, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East (RAIPON): “Indigenous peoples’ experiences and perspectives on the new international standards in the fields of human rights and corporations.”

Yours sincerely
Torjer Olsen
Assistant Professor, Chair of Advisory Board
Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous peoples

Terje Lilleeng

Practical Information

Tromsø University Campus, Teorifagbygget, House 1, Auditorium 1
Map of the University of Tromsø:
Transport between the conference hotel and the venue will be organised at scheduled times.
Homepage for Scandic Hotel:
Postal: Forum-conference, Centre for Sami studies, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway.
More information, program and registration:

English, Norwegian and Sami (No translation to Spanish)

Registration deadlines
28 September for pre-booked accommodation, otherwise 5.October.
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