Our Strategy (1)

Strengthening Rights and Power

We support efforts to help Afrodescendant and indigenous communities achieve greater visibility, recognition, and collective rights, so they can have a voice in the political, social, and economic decisions that affect them and their territories.


Communities are empowered to build effective alliances with civil society, government, and the private sector, in order to advance their territorial rights.
Afrodescendant and indigenous communities influence public investment and policies to better meet their needs and strengthen their collective territorial rights.
Communities work with government agencies to implement collective rights laws, policies and mechanisms—including the ethnic chapter of the Colombian peace agreement, Peru’s Plandepa framework, and free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

Equitable Access to Natural Resources

We support efforts to ensure that natural resource exploitation is managed, and associated revenue distributed, in ways that benefit the communities who live in these resource-rich areas.


Rural, Afrodescendant, and indigenous communities are equipped and empowered to influence debate and decision-making about natural resource management, and to advocate for more diverse and sustainable land use.
Local, regional, and global networks work together to monitor and challenge inequities related to natural resource management and revenue-sharing.

Three-year special initiative: Peace and Polarization

The armed conflict in Colombia exacerbated violence, exclusion, racism, sexism, poverty, and inequality, with far-reaching impacts on the communities with whom we work. Emerging peace in the country offers a unique opportunity to address territorial inequality as well as the political polarization that exacerbates it. The first three years of this period are critical.

Through this special initiative, we seek to empower victims, marginalized communities, and civil society organizations, and support them as leaders in reducing division and advancing peace and reconciliation.


Stories of violence, especially those focused on marginalized groups, are documented and included in truth and memory initiatives.
Civil society plays an active role in the post-conflict transition, broadening social support and accountability for implementation.
Leaders across sectors take steps to tackle a legacy of polarization and current political divisions, and achieve a sustainable peace.
What we don't fund

Because our goal is systemic change in the rules of the game, we do not fund voter registration or get-out-the-vote efforts. Because our goal is long-term power building, we do not fund projects to improve government operations or transparency. Because our goal is to connect public policies with movements on the ground, we do not fund stand-alone tax and budget research or analysis. And because our goal is to support strong and sustainable civic infrastructure, we do not fund individual issue-based policy campaigns.