21 January, 2020

Our Partners and Networks

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I. Partnerships with Indigenous Peoples' Organizations and Networks

Our partners, which are indigenous organizations and networks with whom we have developed formal partnerships, represent the most disadvantaged and marginalized indigenous peoples in their countries. These indigenous formations are also the ones who are leading the indigenous peoples’ movements in their countries. Thus, they have proven track records and have high credibility in their respective countries and communities. Their work is grounded in community-level work but they have also built their capacities to engage in national and global processes with the support of Tebtebba.

These partner organizations and networks of Tebtebba are the following:


1. ELATIA (Indigenous Peoples' Global Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development), is the most vibrant global indigenous network implementing indigenous peoples' sustainable, self-determined development (IPSSDD), including recognition and protection of indigenous peoples' rights and rights to lands, territories and resources; empowering indigenous women and youth;strengthening indigenous governance systems and traditional knowledge; supporting low-carbon sustainable livelihoods; implementing community-based monitoring and information systems (CBMIS), participatory mapping and resource inventory.

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ELATIA, formed in 2009 through the leadership of Tebtebba, is currently composed of 19 indigenous peoples' organizations, networks and NGOs in 13 countries: Tebtebba;  Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) and Institut Dayakologi (ID) - Indonesia; Maleya Foundation – Bangladesh; SILDAP and Naundep ni Napaknuhan ni Kalanguya - Philippines; Center for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development (CIPRED) - Nepal; Centre for Research and Development in Upland Areas (CERDA) - Viet Nam; Lelewal – Cameroon; Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organisation (MPIDO) and Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA) – Kenya; Pastoralists Indigenous Non Governmental Organizations (PINGO's Forum) - Tanzania; Servicios del Pueblo Mixe-Asamblea Mixe Para el Desarrollo Sostenible  – Mexico; Centro de Culturas Indígenas el Perú (CHIRAPAQ) – Peru; Centro para la Autonomía y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CADPI)- Nicaragua; Conselho Indigena de Roraima (CIR) – Brazil; Dignite Pygmee (DIPY) and UEFA  - Democratic Republic of Congo; Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas - Paraguay.

ELATIA is an indigenous Maasai term meaning "neighborhood."

Through these organizations and networks we have direct partnerships as well with indigenous communities. These indigenous territories and communities  are the following:

  • Tanjung and Pendaun Villages in West Kalimantan, Indonesia – indigenous peoples are Dayak
  • Dura community in Lamjung District in Nepal – indigenous peoples are Dura
  • Thai Nguyen and Thanh Hoa provinces, Viet Nam - indigenous peoples are the Thai, Tho, Tay, Nung, Dzao, Cao Lan,  San Chi, H’Mong and Kinh
  • Tasba Pri Territory and Waspam, Autonomous Region in the Atlantic Coast, Nicaragua – indigenous peoples are Miskito, Mayangna and Afro-descendants
  • Chandigarh, Junin Region; Oxapampa, Pasco Region, Puerto Inca, Huanaco Region - indigenous peoples are mainly Yanesha and they belong to FECONAYA (Federation of Native Communities of Yanesha)
  • Santiago, Malacatepec and San Cristobal, Chichicaxtepec,  Mixe Region, State of Oaxaca, México – indigenous peoples are Mixe
  • Kajiado, Nakuru and Narok counties, southern Kenya – indigenous peoples are Maasai
  • Jacamim, Malacachete, Manoa-Pium in Serra da Lua Ethno-Region in the State of Roraima, Brazil – indigenous peoples are Wapichana
  • Ikita and Loile Villages, Inongo territory, Province of Bandundu in Democratic Republic of Congo – indigenous peoples are pygmies
  • Mbalmayo, Central Province and Djoum, South Province, Cameroon – indigenous peoples are the Mbororo and Baka
  • Cordilleras - Binablayan, Wangwang, Tukukan, Ahin, Tulludan barangays (villages) in Tinoc municipality, Ifugao; Pidlisan, Mt. Province; Pasil in Kalinga; and Manipungol and Mapaang barangays, Maco municipality, Compostela Valley in the Philippines – indigenous peoples are Kalanguya, Kankana-ey, Guinaang, and Mansaka, respectively

2. Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility - Asia Pacific (5th Cycle - 2018 - 2020)

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3. Indigenous Peoples Global Research and Education Network (IPGREN) with 58 indigenous researchers and 9 indigenous organizations (Indigenous Information Network – Kenya; National Khoi-San Consultative Conference – South Africa; Instituto Muni-kat – Guatemala; Maleya Foundation – Bangladesh; Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) and Institut Dayakologi – Indonesia; Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indigenas y Negras del Ecuador Versalles (FENOCIN) – Ecuador; SILDAP – Philippines; Tebtebba)

4. Forest Carbon Partneship Facility Capacity Building Project

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5. Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN) with 19 member federations and organizations from 12 countries: Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand (IWNT) – Thailand; BAI/Philippine Indigenous Women’s Federation – Philippines; Naga Women’s Union, Indigenous Women’s Forum in Northeast India and Adivasi Women’s Network – India; Women’s Resource Network and Taungya – Bangladesh; Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas – Viet Nam; Palaung Women’s Organization – Burma; Dongba Cultural Institute of Lijiang and Yulong Culture and Gender Research Center – China; Association for Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples’ Policies (ATIPP) – Taiwan; Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS) – Malaysia; Centre for Human Rights and Development – Mongolia; National Network of Indigenous Women, Nepal Indigenous Women’s Federation and Association of Newar Women – Nepal; Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) – Indonesia; Tebtebba

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6. Asia Network of Indigenous Lawyers (ANIL) with 23 indigenous lawyers from the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia.

7. Global Network on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, a network which Tebtebba helped establish after it organized the “Global Conference on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples” in 2010 April. This has around 30 member organizations which are mainly indigenous peoples’ formations based in Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, India, Cambodia, Mongolia, USA, Canada, Norway, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo. It has regional focal points in each of the regions who compose the Global Steering Committee. Non-indigenous organizations and individuals also took part and are members of the network. These are the ones engaged in campaigns related to extractive industries in oil, gas and mineral extraction.

8. Ugnayang Pambansa para sa Katutubong Kaalaman at Talino (UPAKAT), national network of indigenous political structures (IPS) and indigenous peoples’ organization (IPOs) for the promotion of traditional knowledge and wisdom with 20 IPS and IPOs in the Philippines.


II. Partnerships with Civil Society and the Academe

Aside from helping establish issue-based networks, Tebtebba is also a member of other civil society networks and have established partnerships with several academic institutions. These include:

  1. Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a respected network of NGOs, donors and intergovernmental bodies that looks into rights and tenure issues related to forests
  2. Third World Network (TWN), an international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World, and North-South issues
  3. University of the Philippine Baguio, the Northern Luzon campus of the premier state university of the Philippines
  4. Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York, USA “is committed to its three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world”