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IWGIA – International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs – is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
Since 1968, IWGIA has cooperated with Indigenous Peoples’ organisations and international institutions to promote recognition and implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. IWGIA works to empower Indigenous Peoples through documentation, capacity development and advocacy on a local, regional and international level. To achieve our mission we provide documentation, support advocacy and empower indigenous peoples’ organisations and institutions via global partnerships.
IWGIA was founded in 1968 by anthropologists alarmed about the ongoing genocide of Indigenous Peoples taking place in the Amazon. The aim was to establish a network of researchers and human right activists to document the situation of Indigenous Peoples and advocate for an improvement of their rights.
Today Indigenous Peoples from all over the world are involved in IWGIA’s global network. Still, the key drivers for change in our work are documentation, empowerment and advocacy.
IWGIA was founded as a working group in 1968 by a group of concerned scholars who were acting on reports of gross violations of human rights committed against Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
IWGIA initially focused on Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and Asia but, from the late 1980s on, we also began working with Indigenous Peoples in Russia and Africa
Every year since 1986, IWGIA has published The Indigenous World, a yearbook that provides unique insights into and updates on the development of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The 2020 version includes an overview of Indigenous Peoples in 66 countries plus 17 international processes.
In 1989, IWGIA obtained Observer NGO status at the United Nations and uses this to facilitate access on the part of Indigenous Peoples’ organisations that would not otherwise be able to participate
In 2018, IWGIA worked with 42 strategic and project partners. We have 31 projects around the world