IWGIA's Global Network

Since 1968, IWGIA has worked for protecting, promoting and defending the rights of indigenous peoples. We work in partnerships and are dependent on information and collaboration with the global network of indigenous peoples' organisations, non-indigenous organisations, institutions, committees and councils.   

The links below are grouped alphabetically and by the following regions:



Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) work to lobby national governments, EU bodies (Council, Parliament and Commission) as well as other policy formulating bodies/agencies in Europe (e.g. the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva and the FAO in Rome) to explicitly recognise and support pastoralism (and the people that practise pastoralism: pastoralists) in the drylands of Eastern Africa.

CAURWA is an non-profit organisation working for the Batwa indigenous people of Rwanda. They work for the promotion and protection of the rights of people and help to generate sufficient income for the often very poor Batwa people.

Djingo wants to unite Niger's local and scattered pastoralists' associations to voice the needs and opinions of their community towards national and foreign development structures.

Indigenous Information Network, Kenya
The mission of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) is to enhance and maintain the capacity of indigenous peoples to protect their rights and participate in development. The IIN works with
information dissemination and networking, research, socio-economic empowerment, human rights, cultural and environmental conservation, gender mainstreaming and HIV/AIDS and related health problems.

Indigenous Peoples of Africa and the San People
Website with information about the San People of Africa. 

IPACC - The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee
The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC) is an advocacy network of indigenous peoples organisation in Africa. IPACC has over 70 members around the continent. It's Annual General meeting is held during the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations (UNWGIP) in Geneva, Switzerland each year. Every second year the membership elects a representative body which functions as the IPACC Executive.

The Kalahari Peoples Network

This is a network that links the widely spread communities of San people and the organizations that work with them. The Kalahari Peoples Network (KPN) fills a need for a link that provides information to the many people worldwide who request information and express interest. It is a platform for communication by the San people themselves, and offers a publishing forum for memoirs, story-telling and new writing by individuals. In addition, there is a regular news-feed bringing up-to-date news from communities and organizations.

Supports the rights of all Ogiek people in East Africa.

OGIEK Peoples' Development Program
OGIEK Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) is dedicatet to the preservation of the Ogiek culture, the protection of nature and the improvement of socio-economic opportunities by way of building the synergies of the Ogiek youth and women through education.


SASI is an independent, Non-Governmental Organisation that mobilises resources for the benefit of the San peoples of southern Africa as mandated by the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA) and other San organisations. They do this through activities such as community mobilisation, fundraising, lobbying, networking, training, building strategic alliances and capacity building on issues related to culture, language, income-generation, health and social environment, and land rights.


The Arctic Network for the Support of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Arctic (ANSIPRA) is a communication network linking Russian Indigenous Peoples' Organisations (IPOs) with international institutions and organisations alarmed about the future of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North. The website is posting information (articles, reference work, maps) on all sorts of relevant issues, including download versions of the network's bulletin.

The Arctic Council

The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that provides a mechanism to address the common concerns and challenges faced by the Arctic governments and the people of the Arctic.

Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat
The Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat of the Arctic Council helps Arctic indigenous organisations to work together through the Arctic Council.

L'auravetl'an Indigenous Informations Centre, Moskow
Information from grassroots indigenous communities of the Russian North, Siberian and the far East. In Russian and English.

North People Information Centre, Yakutsk
Information from indigenous communities of the Russia North. In Russian.

Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North - RAIPON
RAIPON is the umbrella organisation for the indigenous peoples of Russia.

"Sápmi - Becoming a Nation"
The web site is based on an exhibition of the same name which opened in 2000, presenting an overview of the emergence and development of the Sami cultural and political movement during the post-war period up to the present. The site has been made primarily as an educational resource, but are of relevance for any with an interest in indigenous issues.


Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara

Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) or Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago is an independent social organisation composed of indigenous peoples communities from the whole of Indonesia.

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) is a regional organisation conceived by indigenous peoples organizations in 1988 to strengthen the process of building cooperation and solidarity among indigenous peoples of Asia. It is committed to the cause of protecting and revitalizing indigenous systems and institutions and their control over their ancestral homelands and their own development and future.

Bruno Manser Fund
The Bruno Manser Fund is committed to maintaining the threatened tropical rainforests with their rich plant and animal life, and to campaigning, in particular, for the rights of the peoples who inhabit the rainforests, especially the Penans.

Center for Orang Asli Concerns
This site is committed to information and commentary on the Orang Asli, the indigenous minority peoples of Peninsular Malaysia.


The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) was formed in 1995 by Chin to begin independently documenting human rights situation in Chinland and make internationally aware about the truth.

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is an independent federation of progressive peoples organizations, most of them grassroots-based organizations among indigenous communities in the Cordillera Region, Philippines. CPA is committed to the promotion and defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, social justice, and national freedom and democracy.

Friends of the Chakmas (FOTC)
Friends of the Chakmas or FOTC is a global initiative to campaign for support and solidarity of the Chakma people. It is an effort by people from all over the world to help, defend and spread awareness about the various causes of the Chakmas and to help them preserve their identity.

Institut Dayakologi
This web site is provided by Institut Dayakologi (ID) in order to promote Kalimantan and the Dayak people, present information about specific issues such as the rainforests and environment in Kalimantan as well as other issues affecting the life, culture and indigenous rights of the Dayak People.

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) is an autonomous and politically non-partisan, national level common organization. NEFIN currently consists of 50 indigenous member organizations widely distributed throughout the Terai, Hills and Himalayas of Nepal.

Nepalgunj Media Center
Nepalgunj Media Center aims at sensitising indigenous communities through communication and media.

Partners of Community Organisations

PACOS TRUST (PACOS) is a community based voluntary organization that aims to help raise the quality of indigenous communities.

Tebtebba is a Philippine indigenous organization. The website is a venue for popularizing perspectives and analyses of indigenous peoples on issues and events shaping our world today.

West Papua Information Kit

West Papua Information Kit is a website where documents related to the West Papuan struggle for self-determination are collected.


Abya Yala Fund
Abya Yala Fund (AYF) was created by and for Indigenous Peoples from Central and South America and Mexico. Abya Yala is a Kuna (Panama) word meaning Continent of Life which includes all of the Americas.

The Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS)is an NGO that promotes and protects human rights and advocates democracy and rule by law in Argentina.

La Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes

Global Exhange campaign in Mexico.

The International Indian Treaty Council
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

The Latin American Network Information Center, LANIC
LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. The target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. The site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.

Movement in the Amazon for Tribal Subsistence and Economic Sustainability
Movement in the Amazon for Tribal Subsistence and Economic Sustainability (MATSES) provides support to the Matsés communities so that they themselves can preserve their culture and lands in a sustainable and independent manner.

The South and Meso American Indian Rights Center
The South and Meso American Indian Rights Center (SAIIC) exists to ensure that the struggles of Latin America's Indigenous peoples for self- determination and respect are heard in the US and internationally, and to support Indigenous peoples' organizing.

Website features information, facts and news about indigenous peoples of Brazil.
(In English and Spanish)

OAS - The Organization of American States
The Organisation of American States and Human Rights (OAS) is composed of all of the states of the Americas and the Caribbean (Cuba's membership has been suspended). Its main offices are in San José, Costa Rica and in Washington DC.


Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) serves as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia.

American Indian Policy Center
American Indian Policy Center provides information about the legal and political history of American Indian nations, and the contemporary situation for American Indians.

The Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
CAPonline provides information about Aboriginal peoples across Canada who live in a non-reserve setting whether urban, rural or wilderness. CAPonline also have an elaborated list of links related to the topic.

Indian Law Resource Centre
As an organization founded and directed by Native Americans, we are dedicated to protecting the right of indigenous peoples to live with dignity and respect according to the ways of their ancestors. Our principal goal is the survival of indigenous peoples, including protection of their land rights, environment, and right to self-determination. By providing legal and technical support to indigenous communities working on these issues, we work to reform national and international laws to recognize indigenous human rights.

The International Indian Treaty Council
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of indigenous peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the sovereignty and self-determination of indigenous peoples and the recognition and protection of indigenous rights, traditional cultures and sacred lands.

National Congress of American Indians
National Congress of American Indians (NCI) is an advocacy group for issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and individuals.


Central Land Council
Central Land Council (CLC) is an elected Aboriginal body which represents all Aboriginal people in the southern part of the Northern Territory. CLC represents Aboriginal land owners and Aboriginal people who have yet to regain their land.

This online research tool is regularly updated. The page is optimised for transmission speed, not fancy looks. Currently this page provides links to 135 specialist information facilities. All links are inspected and evaluated before being added to this Virtual Library. 

Northern Land Council
The Northern Land Council was established in 1973 to represent traditional Aboriginal landowners and Aboriginal people in the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia.

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.


The Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Programme (CBNRM)
The Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Programme (CBNRM) is a joint initiative by SNV-Netherlands Development Organisation and IUCN - The World Conservation Union. It is built on SNV's experience in CBNRM pilot projects at the grassroots level and on IUCN's expertise in information sharing, documentation of project approaches, and establishing dialogue between Non-Governmental Organisations, Government and private sector on a national, regional and international level.

Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS)
CWIS is an independent, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.

ish Insti
tute for
Human Rights
The Danish Institute for Human Rights was established by a parliamentary act in 2002. The objective of the Centre is to gather and develop knowledge about human rights nationally, regionally, and internationally. The work of the Danish Insitute for Human Rights includes research, information, education, and documentation relating to Danish, European, and international human rights conditions.
DoCip is a Swiss NGO linking Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations. It is a non-profit organization established in 1978 at the request of Indigenous Representatives to the United Nations.

The First Nations Environmental Network
The First Nations Environmental Network is a circle of First Nations people working to protect and restore the balance of all life.

First Peoples Worldwide
Advocates for the rights of indigenous people. Mother organisation: First Nations Development Institute.

Forest Peoples Programme
Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is an international NGO, founded in 1990 to promote forest peoples' rights. FPP supports forest peoples to secure and sustainably manage their forests, lands and livelihoods.

Global Exchange
Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. Since our founding in 1988, we have been striving to increase global awareness among the US public while building international partnerships around the World. Information about campaigns in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. Human Rights Watch then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.

Inter Press Service
Inter Press Service (IPS) is a global news agency that puts a strong focus on the concerns of indigenous peoples, and features a special webpage with news on that topic.

The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
The International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests is a worldwide network of organisations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions (Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas). 

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

Mandat International
The Mandat International is a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva. The aim is to uphold the participation of NGOs and civil society in international conferences and try to facilitate the co-operation among NGOs and with international organisations. Mandat International runs a welcome centre for NGOs and delegations providing economical accomodation, support services, work infrastructure and documentation centre etc. Information in English/French/Spanish.

Minority Rights Group
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperation and understanding between communities.

NativeWeb Mission Statement
NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about native or Indigenous nations, peoples and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving native peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate native use of this technology.

Society for Threatened Peoples
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV) / Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) is an international human rights organisation which campaigns with and on behalf of threatened and persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, nationalities and indigenous peoples.

Survival International
Survival is a worldwide organisation supporting tribal peoples. It stands for their right to decide their own future and helps them protect their lives, lands and human rights.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. UNPO is an international organisation created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the world´s principal international organisations, such as the United Nations.

The World Wildlife Foundation
The World Wildlife Foundation's website has several links to publications on indigenous peoples and sustainability. WWF appreciates the enormous contributions indigenous peoples have made to the maintenance of many of the earth's most fragile ecosystems. It recognizes the importance of indigenous resource rights and knowledge for the conservation of these areas in the future.



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