NCIV is the only organization in The Netherlands that has a primary focus on the promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. NCIV has been working for more than forty years to create awareness about indigenous peoples’ issues and to advocate the rights of indigenous peoples both in The Netherlands and at various United Nations fora. We are part of a large network of indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs), indigenous experts and experts on indigenous peoples’ issues, not only in The Netherlands, but in many parts of the world. Since 2002 NCIV is an NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

NCIV has worked for many years with NGOs in the field of development cooperation, environment and human rights both in and outside The Netherlands for the promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. In the past ten years NCIV has been able to channel funding from the larger donor NGOs in The Netherlands to support indigenous peoples direct participation in international processes to advocate their rights (through the Environmental Rights Fund for Indigenous Peoples, ERFIP, or the Human Rights Fund for Indigenous Peoples, HRFIP) and support capacity building projects of indigenous grass root organisations (through the Grant for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, GRIP).

Unfortunately, due to a shift in focus away from support for specific vulnerable target groups, such as indigenous peoples, towards support for sectors, such as education or environment, the support for NCIV’s Programme for the Promotion of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was not continued after 2008.

As a result NCIV is now focusing on those issues that are both key to indigenous peoples and relevant in the current policy dialogues in The Netherlands, such as climate change, the millennium development goals, Corporate Social Responsibility) biofuels, protection of biodiversity and sustainable forest management. We consult IPOs on their views on these topics and then facilitate the dialogue with the relevant stakeholders in order to improve Dutch policies that impact the well-being of indigenous peoples. NCIV is of the opinion that Dutch policies which affect indigenous peoples should be in conformity with the provisions of UNDRIP. NCIV is engaging with several actors in Dutch society such as Ministries, universities and independent experts, the private sector and several NGOs (such as IUCN NL, OxfamNovib, Mensen met een Missie, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth and ICCO) on a number of issues, including:

  • MDG’s and indigenous peoples
  • Impact of Dutch economy on indigenous peoples
  • Safeguards for indigenous rights in sustainability criteria for timber

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What can we do for you?

NCIV offers advice about the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples and can help facilitate a dialogue between indigenous peoples and interested parties in The Netherlands. For more information, please contact Mr. Leo van der Vlist, through this form>>

NCIV is also promoting the cooperation between several specialised NGO’s in The Netherlands that work for one or more specific indigenous peoples.


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About NCIV

Since 1969, NCIV is an NGO that supports the promotion, recognition and protection of indigenous peoples' rights. NCIV brings the issues and views of indigenous peoples to the attention of the Dutch government, civil society, business and science and works to encourage them to make a positive contribution to improving the situation of indigenous peoples at national and international levels.