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On their own ground

Mónica Alemán 3 March 2020

If you want to build strong partnerships with Indigenous people, you have to approach them as equals and on their terms Machu Picchu in Peru, Teotihuacan in Mexico, or Tikal in Guatemala: what do these …


Relationships first, money after

Manaia King 3 March 2020

Philanthropy can help restore the power and dignity of Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, but it takes more than writing cheques, having meetings and making the right noises ‘He aha te mea nui o te …


In profile: Indigenous philanthropy

Alliance magazine 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

A snapshot of the key funds, foundations and networks at the heart of the growing Indigenous philanthropy movement Indigenous-led funds The AYNI Fund (FIMI) Launched in 2008, the AYNI Fund is one of several strands …

Justice is key to real social progress

Lourdes Inga and Darren Walker 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Lourdes Inga (Peruvian of Quechua descent) of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples talks to Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation about the importance of placing Indigenous perspectives centre-stage Lourdes Inga: International Funders for …

Mantras and the arch of leadership

China Ching 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

The best way philanthropy can support Indigenous Peoples is by backing the continuum of leadership between, within and across communities A few months ago, I found myself in the middle of the rainforest in Borneo. …

Arctic conservation harnesses Native skills

Anne Henshaw 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

After years of relying on international NGOs, funders are beginning to value the contribution Indigenous Peoples can make to environmental conservation In October 2020, the 15th conference of Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity …

Indigenous women changing philanthropy

Teresa Zapeta and Lucy Mulenkei 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

For Indigenous women, there is no distinction between individual and collective rights. How can philanthropy help them achieve those rights and where are the challenges? Indigenous women are part of ancient civilisations, culturally diverse and …

Following the leadership of Indigenous women

Nicky McIntyre 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Listening to Indigenous women activists will move philanthropy closer to achieving meaningful change, writes Nicky McIntyre of Foundation for a Just Society When Teresa Zapeta and Lucy Mulenkei affirm that ‘we are not first women …

Investment, innovation and respect

Jennifer Astone and Steven Heim 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Money is often not the most important element of investments in Indigenous communities, taking a backseat to building long-term partnerships Indigenous communities, foundations and entrepreneurs have launched creative structures and approaches to access financial capital, …

A more comprehensive idea of well-being

Nora Tzec, Verónica Fernández de Castro and Alejandra Garduño 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Indigenous Peoples’ idea of welfare goes beyond the material – often encapsulated in Latin America in the notion of buen vivir. The role of engaged funders is to embrace this, and to have a long-term …