Proposed changes to World Bank safeguard policies will undermine decades of advances in indigenous peoples’ rights – Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
As the United Nations (UN), prepares to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples tomorrow, August 9, the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples are now under greater threat by new policies being promoted by the World Bank, the international financial institution that provides funding for projects in developing countries.
The Bank has recently unveiled a new set of ‘safeguard’ policies, with which it is supposed to comply with to ensure that the billions of dollars it lends for projects such as roads, dams and logging schemes each year cause no harm to local people or the environment, and do not infringe their rights.
Kemito Ene present their produce at Cocoa and Chocolate festival Peru
More than 30,000 people attended the annual chocolate festival, Salon del Cocoa y Chocolate in Peru where producers, including Kemito Ene – the Asháninka indigenous cocoa association from the Ene River – showcased their products to the market and appealed to prospective buyers.
At the festival, held between 4 – 6 July, the President, Claudio Vasquez and Treasurer, Mauro Mendoza of Kemito Ene introduced the crowd to their highly aromatic cocoa, which had been produced by more than 130 Asháninka families.
PHOTO CREDIT: MIKE GOLDWATER
The Rainforest Foundation UK is looking to find a dedicated Programmes Administrator to provide key administrative, financial and logistical support to around 12 programmes staff (4 with full time support, and 8 with general support) who are managing a number of projects, primarily in the Congo Basin but also currently in Peru. The Programmes Administrator will work closely with the Head of Programmes.