Our two complementary initiatives are focused on reducing territorial inequality, with the goal of realizing increased power, rights, and access for Afrodescendants, indigenous communities, and others who have been pushed to the margins. This includes investing in local organizational and leadership capacity; research, strategic litigation, and advocacy; supporting dialogue and driving alliances; protecting the safety and security of social leaders; and challenging damaging narratives. We approach all our work with an intersectional lens and particular attention to gender issues.

We work across Colombia and Peru, and to a lesser degree in Chile, with a focus on Colombia’s Pacific Coast (encompassing areas in Chocó, Valle del Cauca, Cauca, and Nariño departments) and Peru’s Mining Corridor (including Cusco and Apurímac departments as well as neighboring areas in Ayacucho, Arequipa, Puno, and Madre de Dios).

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.