The Indigenous Navigator comprises a series of tools for monitoring indigenous peoples’ rights and development. One of these tools is a set of indicators, which serve to pinpoint what to look for when measuring whether the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) are implemented in a given country or indigenous community.
The indicators serve to detect gaps in implementation, hold duty-bearers accountable, and devise implementation strategies. The indicators can also be used to measure essential aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the commitments made by States at the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).
The indicators are structured around 13 thematic domains reflected in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They have been systematically developed with a solid foundation in the methodology for developing human rights indicators proposed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Like all other human rights instruments, UNDRIP comprises standards on specific rights and cross-cutting human rights norms. The first step towards identifying the indicators has therefore been to identify the attributes – or building blocks – contained in the UN Declaration. Subsequently, measurable indicators have been identified with a view to capturing States’ duties to respect, protect and fulfill indigenous peoples’ human rights.
The indicators framework comprises:
- Structural indicators, which assess the legal and policy framework of a given country.
- Process indicators, which measure the states’ ongoing efforts to implement human right commitments through programs, budget allocations, etc.
- Outcome indicators, which capture the actual enjoyment of human rights by indigenous peoples.
Below you will find documents with the indicators for assessing the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments from the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
The indicators for monitoring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples serve to pinpoint what to look for when measuring the level of realisation of the Declaration in a given country or indigenous community. The indicators serve to detect gaps in implementation, hold duty bearers accountable, and devise implementation strategies. The Declaration mirrors universally applicable human rights and contextualise these to the situation of indigenous peoples.
More than 1/3 of the SDG targets reflect specific articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Specifically, the Indigenous Navigator framework has integrated a number of the global SDG indicators. By collecting data related to the global SDG indicators, indigenous peoples will:
1) Contribute data for local, national and global SDG monitoring. 2) Generate comparable data to monitor if indigenous peoples are left behind
Where National Statistical Offices are already collecting disaggregated data on indigenous peoples, these data can be integrated into the Indigenous Navigator Data Portal.
The indicators in the Indigenous Navigator are useful for monitoring the realisation of the commitments made at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014.
The WCIP indicator table presents State commitments for national-level implementation as reflected in the WCIP Outcome Document, and the indicators proposed to monitor their implementation.
The indicators are a strong tool for raising awareness and advocating for realising the rights of indigenous peoples. You can read more about how our tools can be used for advocacy here.