Indigenous Peoples of Africa therefore join indigenous peoples from all corners of the world demand a new social contract between us and our governments. We must demand inclusion, participation, and approval in the constitution of a system with social and economic benefits for all. A new social contract demands that land and resources in indigenous people’s territories must be owned and controlled by indigenous peoples themselves. And that Indigenous Peoples must be capacitated to develop the resources not only for their own economic development but for the benefit of the nations in which they live.
IPACC therefore calls on:
- the African union, the African Development Bank, EAC, SADC and ECOWAS to spearhead the development of a new social contract with indigenous peoples through the review of review of their respective policies and programs to ensure indigenous peoples are no longer left behind but are put in front.
- African member-states of the above institution to meaningfully support the development of a new social contract and to domestic the new social contract in their respective territories.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to urgently constitute a UN Inter-agency support group to deliver as one in spearheading and supporting the African Union and its member states in redesigning a new social contract
- The private sector and non-governmental organizations to review their policies and programs to champion a new social contract with indigenous peoples
- Indigenous peoples in Africa to better organize themselves at all levels and drive the agenda of a new social contract with their governments, the private sector and NGOs.