Free, prior and Informed Consent
Civil Society Organisations
Australia & Pacific, Asia
23 July 14
Dr Susanne Kelly
The program’s overall objective was to build national and regional civil society understanding of Free, Prior and Informed Consent Program (FPIC) rights in the Asia Pacific region. The intention was to strengthen civil society organisations’ (CSOs) ability to use FPIC and related human rights instruments to support Indigenous Peoples and other project affected peoples to hold private sector companies and their own governments accountable. The program sought to achieve this through development, translation and dissemination of FPIC resources, and training programs and workshops.
The evaluation scope covered the program from July 2011 to June 2014. It included desktop analysis of key project documents, monitoring data, and in-depth semi-structured interviews with 31 key program stakeholders, and with government, regional/global civil society and industry representatives. Interviews focussed on Oxfam Australia’s contribution to strengthening awareness of FPIC rights among civil society and affected communities regionally and globally.
The program succeeded in achieving most of its intended outputs (training, workshops, and translated resources). It reached a significant number of CSOs (77) and participants (307) and important steps towards increased CSO capacity was achieved. Significant steps were made towards strengthening CSOs’ FPIC knowledge, and capacity to support communities and influence policy. There is evidence Oxfam Australia has made a significant contribution to the global ‘noise’ around FPIC. The tension between FPIC for Indigenous People versus FPIC for all project affected peoples remains but there is growing momentum for FPIC to guide best practice in community consultation and negotiations.