Topic outline

  • General

    Free, prior and informed consent

    Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent

    The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure state that responsible investments should do no harm, and safeguard against dispossession of legitimate tenure right holders. They also embody international legal provisions requiring the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from Indigenous Peoples to any project that may affect them. This course explains the underlying principles of FPIC, and sets forth practical actions that government agencies, civil society organizations, land users and private investors can take to ensure that FPIC is integrated into their operations.

    Duration:  3.5 hours Publication Date:  January 2017

    • System Requirements

      The online version of this course runs on the main web browsers. Preferably you should use Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox. 

      The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

      • Audience

        The curriculum is targeted to “change agents” - i.e. people who can have a direct impact by introducing changes in how tenure is governed such as national policy makers and administrators, surveyors, trainers, legal support providers, civil society and nongovernmental organizations, advocacy, control and monitoring professionals.

        • You will learn about

          • Basic concepts of free, prior and informed consent
          • The three main phases and key elements to consider in the free, prior and informed consent process
          • Participatory engagement, negotiations and consultations as means and tools through which FPIC is achieved
          • Actors involved in the FPIC process and their responsibilities