The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has issued a call for proposals for projects designed to empower indigenous peoples’ communities in rural areas. The grants will be provided through IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF), established in 2007 to foster development in the framework of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in partnership with indigenous peoples’ organizations at the regional level.
About the Funding
Through small grants ranging from US$20,000 to US$50,000, IPAF finances projects that are designed and implemented by indigenous peoples themselves.
These initiatives aim to strengthen indigenous peoples’ organizations, building on their culture, identity and traditional knowledge.
The 2015 funding cycle is expected to finance around 30 projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, with over US$1 million in grants
Projects approved by IPAF address indigenous peoples’ management of land and natural resources, their participation in policy-making, the preservation of their cultural heritage, and the improvement of indigenous women’s livelihoods, among many other issues.
Priority areas in this funding cycle include;
- Food and nutrition security
- Access to markets
- Control over land, territories and resources
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Deadline for applications: 6 March 2015
Selection of finalists: July 2015
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