From Disparity to Dignity: Realizing Indigenous & Minority Rights in Development

Colombia | Ethiopia | Kenya | Peru | Uganda |

Duration: January 2019 – March 2022

Countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Peru, Colombia

Communities: Various

What is this programme about?

This project will support ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples in five states to enable the development of inclusive societies by addressing discriminatory laws, policies and practices that result in communities being deprived of their economic, social and cultural rights and ‘left behind’ in development. More specifically, this project aims at building the capacity of 150 minority and indigenous leaders and rights defenders (75 women) in five states to challenge unjust disparities in service and budget provisions through participatory research, constructive dialogues with key stakeholders in target states. This will allow to reconfigure services, engage in advocacy work designed to keep relevant actors accountable to human rights legal standards and Agenda 2030 commitments, with a focus on inequalities and discrimination in health and education. Minority Rights Group International and partners will assist indigenous and/or minority groups from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Peru and Colombia in this project.

What are we aiming to achieve?

  • Strengthened ability of minority and indigenous rights holders (activists, paralegals, civil society organisations, community representatives) to analyse and report on economic, social and cultural rights
  • Reinforced capacity to identify causes of differential access to economic, social and cultural rights and to propose practical and effective steps to address barriers keeping an intersectional approach in mind
  • Increase in available quality and up to date information for duty bearers and rights holders on differential treatments regarding economic, social and cultural rights, the way they affect communities, as well as on the underlying causes and structural reasons behind systemic discrimination

Who are our partners?

Our partner is the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR).

Who is funding this programme?

This programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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