Hydroelectric production and mineral extraction often take place in remote and ecologically sensitive areas. In many countries, a significant share of the population in these areas is composed of indigenous peoples with special ties to the land and the existing resources, adding a complex social dimension to the activities of extractive industries. Many of the current conflicts and struggles of indigenous peoples relate to large scale development projects, such as dams and mining, where indigenous peoples have come to bear a great share of the costs but few of the benefits. Investments into consultation or joint management of land and water resources remain limited.
The UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at SIWI works with the governance of water, aiming to improve the human relations around water allocation and use. The Facility works with multiple water themes that range from integrated water resources management, transboundary water and water supply and sanitation to climate variability, gender, integrity, human rights and capacity development. Relating to its general concern for human rights, the WGF has come to take a particular interest in indigenous people’s strife to access to land and water resources as well as basic services.
Objectives of the Internship
The objective of this internship is to assist the WGF team at SIWI and its partners to develop a comprehensive database and map of water resource related conflicts between indigenous peoples and extractive industries. The mapping exercise will be based on secondary sources, through web based research and contacts with relevant partners. The result will contribute to future WGF publications and will potentially be presented at the Stockholm World Water Week (August 31-September 5, 2014).
This internship should form part of an academic programme (and can flexibly adjust to fit requirements of the academic institution of the intern).
The intern needs to have all personal costs or upkeep covered through scholarship or other arrangements through the academic institution. There will be no remuneration or compensation for personal costs paid by SIWI to the intern.
The most suitable candidate will be selected based on:
- Letter of Motivation
- Curriculum Vitae
- Relevance of the topic to the studies held at the academic institution
Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.
Dates of the internship
Expected time requirements: 3.5 months full-time study
Starting time: As soon as possible. Aligning with academic year, with aim to conclude work in time for presentation in August, 2014.
Deadline for application
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 February, 2014.