Our Partners and Networks

Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 by indigenous peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to indigenous peoples.

AIPP’s vision is that Indigenous Peoples in Asia are fully exercising their rights, distinct cultures and identities, are living with dignity, and enhancing their sustainable management systems on lands, territories and resources for their own future and development in an environment of peace, justice and equality.

Collaborative Management Learning Network

Community Knowledge Support Association

The Community Knowledge Support Association (CKSA) was established in 2006 and became fully registered with the Government of Laos in 2008. CKSA facilitates capacity-building of ethnic communities to be self-sufficient in pursuing poverty reduction and ecological and sustainable development.

Gender Development Association

The Gender Development Association (GDA) formerly the Gender and Development Group (GDG) and the Women in Development (WID) network, was formed in 1991. A collaboration of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), UNICEF, with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), the WID network focused on women and gender development issues in Lao PDR.

GDA wants to contribute to a society where women are empowered and can live in society without violence and discrimination. The GDG wants to achieve that women can work along with men to reduce poverty and benefit from opportunities for development.

Huam Jai Asasamak

In 2007 HJA established the country’s first national youth volunteering program, focusing on volunteers from rural areas and ethnic minorities, and particularly women, aged between 18 and 25.

The program provides opportunities for young Lao men and women to work as volunteers for twelve months with selected partner organizations engaged in community work, and so gain skills and experience they can use for both their own and their communities’ growth and development.

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs 

IWGIA is an international, non-governmental human rights organization that supports indigenous peoples’ struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

In a world where billions of people live outside the protection of the law, Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We’re building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. These advocates are fighting on the front lines to ensure that people can protect their land, access essential services, and take part in the decisions that govern their lives.

Sustainable Laos Education Initiatives

The Sustainable Laos Education Initiatives (SLEI) is a Canadian registered non-profit organization that fundraises and runs environmental education projects in remote rural areas in Lao PDR. SLEI accepts poor, eager youth, who want to develop themselves and their communities in socially and environmentally sustainable ways, to come and board at the school for one-year learning programs. SLEI also has short, intensive workshops on issues relevant to the community.