List of Partners

The RRI coalition is formed by a group of core Partners who conduct work in specific areas of their regional and thematic expertise. Partners also engage with a wide group of collaborators who participate in and support RRI activities around the world. RRI is a strategic coalition that goes beyond the traditional set of international development actors to involve a wide spectrum of organizations, each of which provides a critical perspective in the larger chain of actors necessary to advance change. The following is a list of partners who collaborate with Rights and Resources Initiative:



ACICAFOC is the Coordinating Association of Indigenous and Community Agroforestry in Central America.

It is a non-profit, social community-based organization from Central America, which groups associations, cooperative societies, federations and grass roots organizations led by small and medium agro forestry producers, indigenous peoples and farmer peasants. These groups work for the access, use and management of natural resources, seeking food security, integrated ecomanagement and economic sustainability for their communities through diversified livelihoods and conservation.

With FECOFUN and other organizations, ACICAFOC has been a key organizer of the Global Alliance of Forest Communities (GACF) and active in giving communities a voice in regional and international fora. ACICAFOC is also an active participant of the Civil Society Advisory Group to the ITTO.

For more information, visit the ACICAFOC website.

Centre for Environment and Development

The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) was created in 1995 with the specific aim of realizing sustainable management of Central Africa’s forests. CED was created to counter the rising threats to forests observed during the 1990s, and situates itself firmly within the local context (where forest destruction takes place, and where its impacts are felt most strongly among communities), as well as the national level (the seat of decision making that leads to or legitimizes deforestation and the dispossession of local peoples). CED also works on the international level where decisions are made affecting the forests and lives of millions of people. 

CED’s vision: A society in which natural resource management (over forests, oil, mines, and land) ensures lasting social, economic and environmental sustainability. 

CED’s mission: To contribute to the protection of indigenous and local communities’ rights, interests, culture and aspirations in Central Africa, by promoting environmental justice and sustainable natural resource management throughout the region.

CED has taken up the role of watchdog, scrutinizing all actors’ initiatives, processes, policies and practices, with an eye to their effectiveness in protecting forests’ essential functions and services, and in recognizing communities’ rights. Extending beyond this role, CED works to explore alternatives to dominant models, and defines its strategy according to three terms and conforming to an earth-friendly strategy: Mobilization (as a means of legitimizing our actions in the quest for sustainability), Resistance (to unsustainable methods of natural resource management) and Transformation (by finding solutions to reach sustainability).

For more information, visit the CED website.

Civic Response

Civic Response logoCivic Response was founded in 2003 by a group of social activists with a wide experience of campaigns in Ghana and internationally. Civic Response works to deepen the political economic analysis of grassroots groupings and to facilitate their networking towards the emergence of articulate social movements that could lead in the democratisation and development of African societies and in international development struggles.


FECOFUNThe Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) is a formal network of Community Based Forest User Groups from all over Nepal.

FECOFUN emerged from the idea that forest users from all parts of the country should be linked in order to strengthen the role of users in policy making processes. Since its inception in July 1995, FECOFUN has grown into a social movement organization with about 8.5 million people represented - all of whom are forest users. To date, more than 11,200 Community Forest User Groups are affiliated with FECOFUN.

FECOFUN has become an effective mechanism for developing dialogue between policymakers and users and also a learning center for user groups on forest management.  We believe the local communities and people are the real managers of the forests. We have learned from our past experiences that forests and people can live in harmony.

FECOFUN is also a cofounder of the Global Alliance of Community Forestry, a network of community forestry users at the international level.

For more information see the FECOFUN website.

Forest Peoples Programme

Forest Peoples Programme supports forest peoples to secure and sustainably manage their forests, lands and livelihoods.

Our strategies to achieve this include:

(a) promoting the rights and interests of forest peoples at local, national and international levels;

(b) creating space for forest peoples to have an effective voice in decision-making processes;

(c) challenging top-down policies and projects that deprive local peoples of resources;

(d) coordinating support among environmental organizations for forest peoples' vision;

(e) supporting community-led sustainable forest management; and

(f) publicizing forest peoples' plight through research, analysis and documentation.

For more information, visit the Forest Peoples Programme website.

Forest Trends

Forest Trends is an international non-profit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these new markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.

We analyze strategic market and policy issues, catalyze connections between forward-looking producers, communities and investors, and develop new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people.

For more information visit the Forest Trends website.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a member-based, non-profit organization that is engaged in 30 partner countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Based in Switzerland, the primary focus of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation is to:

  • Reduce poverty through specific, sustainable development projects and advisory services.

  • Inform the Swiss public about its work and raise awareness concerning global injustice and the necessity to stand up for the needs of the world's poorest populations.

  • Promote fair trade of products such as cocoa, rice and cotton from developing countries.

  • Participate in global networks, petitions and as a member of Alliance Sud to take a public stance on development issues within Switzerland and internationally.

To learn more about HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation's work at the Latin America Regional level, click here.

For more information visit the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation website.

International Forestry Resources and Institutions

The primary mission of IFRI is to examine how governance arrangements shape forest outcomes in terms of both social and environmental dimensions. Scholars and policy makers affiliated with IFRI are interested in understanding the role of formal and informal institutions in enhancing livelihoods and adaptive capacity of peoples, conserving biodiversity, and promoting greater sustainability in carbon sequestration. IFRI was established by Prof. Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University) who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics.

IFRI’s goal is to carry out rigorous research that can help policy makers and forest users design and implement improved evidence-based forest policies. Most importantly, IFRI comprises partner collaborating research institutes in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. As such, it draws on localized knowledge and perspectives in developing its research program. At the same time, IFRI utilizes an institutional analysis and development framework which promotes interdisciplinary research and analysis that enables comparability across regions.

Specifically, some of the goals of IFRI’s work are to:

     •    determine how to change processes leading to deforestation in many countries of the world;

     •    assess the nature of tradeoffs among forest conservation, livelihoods promotion, and carbon sequestration

     •    the role of institutions and policies in promoting better forest outcomes

The IFRI research program was initiated in 1992.  It is currently housed at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, having moved from Indiana University in 2006.

For more information go to IFRI's website.


PRISMA (Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment) is a policy-oriented research center founded in El Salvador in 1993.  Their mission is to work for the social and environmental revalorization of rural communities and territories as an integral aspect of development processes. Our vision is societies that advance toward greater social justice and environmental sustainability.

A recent external evaluation notes: “PRISMA is recognized as a center that relates the macro to the micro, through its analyses and its efforts to orient debate. PRISMA’s contribution is not just limited to discovering lessons learned through its work systematizing experiences, but also involves identifying conceptual frameworks based on its critical analysis of current conditions, which can be useful in designing policies, programs and projects.” 

During its first decade of operations (1993-2002), PRISMA’s program primarily focused on El Salvador. In 2003, PRISMA’s program formally incorporated a regional component.  The regional focus has grown considerably, so much so that by 2006 the organization adopted, as its principal goal “to consolidate its transformation into a regional reference center that adds value to knowledge mobilization, dialogue and advocacy.”  

PRISMA serves as a regional platform for dialogue, critical analysis and action. This platform is an ongoing process, a social construction, based on the following key elements: 

         •    A shared concern by all participants for improving the livelihoods of poor marginalized communities and promoting sustainable development.

         •    A commitment to a genuine dialogue among different perspectives, focuses and points of view.

         •    Fomenting interaction among diverse actors (community-based organizations, NGOs, program officials, aid agencies, public functionaries, academicians), representing diverse sectors and disciplines, and engaged at a variety of levels (local, territorial, national, regional, global). 

For more information go to PRISMA's website.

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests

RICOFTCRECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests is an international organization specializing in community forestry and devolved forest management in Asia and the Pacific. It works to see more communities actively managing more forests in the region to ensure optimal social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Since its founding in 1987, RECOFTC has trained more than 10,000 people from over 20 countries in devolved forest management: from national policy makers, researchers, and practitioners right through to local forest users. Training services and learning events are complemented by on-the-ground projects, critical issue analysis, and strategic communications.

For more information visit the RECOFTC website.

Samdhana Institute

The Samdhana Institute was formed in 2003 by a group of individuals, conservationists, development practitioners, constituting the first Samdhana Fellows; moved by the same commitment of 'giving back' what they know to the next generation; and bringing together skills, knowledge, experiences, networks, colleagues and friends;  delivering maturity, strength and sustainability.  

Samdhana's vision is a region where natural, cultural and spiritual diversity are valued, where environmental conflicts are resolved peacefully, with justice and equity.  Achieving this vision requires that communities have clear rights and adequate information, recourse to the law, adequate leadership and organizing skills, funding and technical support. With a growing network of fellows, Samdhana assists in environmental conflict and mediation support and helps local organizations to reflect upon their approaches to: 

i) problem identification and strategic planning

ii) leading change processes

iii) monitoring and assessment

iv) reflection upon effectiveness

The Samdhana approach is to have Fellows work closely with partners over time and during critical periods in program development. Samdhana fellows abide by Samdhana values and contribute to Samdhana programs that are geared towards nurturing individuals and community groups to develop new or enhance existing skills and benefit from the compounded knowledge of the Samdhana community.

For more information, visit the Samdhana Institute website.


Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples' organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples recognized, respected and protected worldwide.

Established in 1996, Tebtebba seeks to promote a better understanding of the world's indigenous peoples, their worldviews, their issues and concerns. In this effort, it strives to bring indigenous peoples together to take the lead in policy advocacy and campaigns on all issues affecting them.

Tebtebba, a word used by the indigenous Kankana-ey Igorots of Northern Philippines, refers to a process of collectively discussing issues and presenting diverse views with the aim of reaching agreements, common positions, and concerted actions.

The Vision of Tebtebba

A world where indigenous knowledge and indigenous peoples' rights are respected and protected by all nations and societies; where there are unified yet diverse and vibrant indigenous peoples' movements at the local and global levels which enhance the self-determination and sustainable development of indigenous peoples and their territories.

For more information, visit the Tebtebba website.

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF logoThe World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. ICRAF’s primary mission is to advance the science and practice of agroforesty and in doing so, transform the lives and landscapes of the rural poor in developing countries. ICRAF operates in over 20 countries throughout the tropics. ICRAF program research areas are Land and People, Trees andMarkets, Environmental Services and Strengthening Institutions Policy research cross-cuts each of these programs.

For more information visit the World Agroforestry Centre website.