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Strengthening indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is an innovative funding instrument that indigenous communities can use to find solutions to the challenges they face. The objective of the Facility is to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations. It finances small projects that foster self-driven development.

IPAF supports projects designed and implemented by indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations through small grants ranging from US$20,000 up to US$50,000 for a maximum duration of two years. Supported projects build on indigenous peoples’ culture, identity, knowledge and natural resources. The objective is to build a direct partnership with indigenous peoples to enable them and their communities to design and implement grass-root development projects based on their own perspectives. IPAF is one of the instruments to implement the principles of engagement of IFAD Policy on indigenous peoples.

At the global level, IPAF is directed both operationally and strategically by a board mostly consisting of indigenous leaders. At a regional level IPAF is co-managed and coordinated by regional indigenous peoples’ organizations as the implementing partners. The IPAF comprises three main components:

  1. Empowering indigenous peoples' grassroots organizations
  2. Strengthening indigenous peoples' networks and linking them with the global indigenous movement
  3. Knowledge Management

Through projects being implemented worldwide IPAF has contributed to improving the livelihoods of indigenous peoples' communities in the following areas:

  • Improve sustainable agricultural practises, develop new off-farm enterprises and enhanced market access
  • Develop capacity on indigenous peoples' rights, revitalize cultural heritage and traditional knowledge
  • Map indigenous territories and cultures
  • Empower indigenous women
  • Boost disaster and climate change risk management based on traditional knowledge  and practices
  • Preserve and promote local varieties of traditional crops.

The call for proposals for the fifth cycle closed in June 2018, the next call for proposals is planned for 2021.

More information about IPAF can be found in the IPAF assessment from 2019: The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) Assessment of the performance of the fourth IPAF cycle. Among other things, the performance assessments provides detailed information on the direct beneficiaries and the activities.

IPAF projects

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IPAF Call for Proposals 2018

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New IFAD grant supports efforts to help indigenous peoples find their own development path

December 2017 - NEWS

The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has recently approved a US$3 million grant in support of indigenous peoples' communities in developing countries for the period 2017-2020.

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The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility: Linking grass-roots indigenous peoples’ organizations and the international community

February 2019

Indigenous and tribal peoples and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among the rural poor. Many of the poorest communities of indigenous peoples are difficult to reach through mainstream development programmes.

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) - Assessment of the performance of the fourth IPAF cycle

February 2019
In 2017 IFAD commissioned an assessment of the fourth IPAF cycle with the aim to review and analyse the performance of regional partners in implementing the Facility and the results achieved in the execution of IPAF-funded projects between 2015 and 2018.

Resultados relevantes por cada proyecto

July 2018
Las organizaciones indígenas parte del IPAF han identificado los resultados más relevantes de sus proyectos.

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IPAF regional implementation partners