OSISA and The Indigenous World 2013

In the recently released report by the The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), “ The Indigenous World 2013”, the work of OSISA’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Programme and our grantees features prominently.  This is a significant achievement as this report is widely considered to be one of the most influential and authoritative sources of information on the situation of indigenous peoples globally.

Some of the highlights featuring work supported by us,  in the report are:

Namibia

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Senior Programme Officer: Indigenous Peoples Rights

September 4th, 2014

In the recently released report by the The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), “ The Indigenous World 2013”, the work of OSISA’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Programme and our grantees features prominently.  This is a significant achievement as this report is widely considered to be one of the most influential and authoritative sources of information on the situation of indigenous peoples globally.

Some of the highlights featuring work supported by us,  in the report are:

Namibia

The OSISA sponsored visit of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Namibia;

A training workshop on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Namibia implemented for the office of the Ombudsman and other line ministries. This was a collaboration between ILO169, OSISA, AECID (The Spanish Cooperation Office) and the University of Namibia.

The Namibian Report on the San in Namibia two decades after Independence

The sub-regional conference entitled “Indigenous Education in a Changing World” convened by The Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA), our grantee, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This project was supported in part through our Education Programme;

The report also specifically notes that “In October, WIMSA, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) and Norwegian Church AID (NCA) organised a conference entitled “Indigenous

Voices for Good Governance and Human Rights”. More than 50 indigenous participants, as well as other stakeholders from Botswana, South Africa, Angola and Namibia, attended the conference…aimed at facilitating better cooperation among the indigenous peoples of the subcontinent.

The Namibian section of the report was authored by Dr. Ute Dieckmann, who was the lead researcher on our Namibian San report, and will be one of the main experts in the Etosha case which we hope to launch soon.

Botswana

The report highlights the work of our partner in Botswana, the Botswana Khwedom Council in filing a report to the Human Rights Council for discussion at the UPR in January 2013;

The formation of the San Caucus to the UNPFII, which we initiated in 2012 through our support to San activists from Botswana to attend the UNPFII

Professor Robert Hitchcock, who edited this section, is the lead researcher for our soon to be published report on the San in Zimbabwe,

Zimbabwe:

The report highlights the work of the Tsoro-o-tso Development Trust who we have been working with at the SADC CNGO meetings held recently in Harare, and was authored by our local partner to this project, Khumbulani Maphosa.

South Africa:

The report highlights the work of the National Khoi-San Council, who we have supported to undertake the work mentioned in the report, including the following:

“During November 2012, the San Council (the body representing the San communities located in the Northern Cape) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the NKC on the issue of intellectual property rights, with specific reference to the plant ‘rooibos’ and ‘ buchu’. The NKC and the San Council agreed to form a negotiating team comprising representatives of the Khoe khoe and San in relation to all intellectual property rights matters. Their legal representatives, Roger Chennels and Natural Justice, and OSISA grantee, will work collectively on these matters. The San Council and NKC also initiated Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) processes as set out in the Nagoya Protocolon indigenous plants such as rooibos and buchu. The expectation is that these ABS processes will take off during 2013 with due consultation of all affected Khoe khoe and San farming communities.The government, in cooperation with the NKC, ran country-wide consultations with groupings outside the NKC structure. This was after a long call from these groupings, who did not feel represented on the government-recognized structure.

Elections took place within the different groupings and the NKC expanded its membership from 21 to 30 representatives within the structure. This was the first time in

approximately 15 years that the membership of the NKC had been opened up to new mebers.”

All of this is work carried out with our support, and with the assistance of Natural Justice, the Khoi and San successfully concluded a royalty agreement with a major pharmaceutical company, and the  results flowed directly out of a workshop supported by us, through IPACC, in Pretoria in which we set out to reinvigorate the NKC and the San and Khoi movement more broadly.  The work of NJ in this has been critical.

This section of the report was written by the First Nations indigenous lawyer, Lesle Jansen, whose salary we support at Natural Justice. As previously reported, she is now also a member of the Expert Working Group to the African Commission on indigenous matters.

About the author(s)

Delme is the Indigenous Peoples Rights Senior Programme Officer. Delme was the APM in OSISA’s HIV programme from 2006-2010. Prior to joining OSISA, he was the Coordinator of the AIDS Law Unit of the Legal Assistance Centre, a public interest law centre based in Namibia. Delme was active in the international HIV Treatment Access movement, was a founding trustee of the AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, a founding member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, the Pan African Treatment Access Movement and the Collaborative Fund for HIV. Delme holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town, and obtained a bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the Western Cape.

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