Topic outline

The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure (VGGT) 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.


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.

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

The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 15 to 45 minutes duration each, grouped into two units:

Unit 1 - Foundations of FPIC
  • Lesson 1.1 – Foundations of FPIC
  • Lesson 1.2 – What does FPIC mean?
  • Lesson 1.3 – Roles and responsibilities
  • Lesson 1.4 – Getting ready for the FPIC process

Unit 2 - Carrying out the FPIC process
  • Lesson 2.1 – Practical guidance

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

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      European Union (EU)