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Initially, Gender and Development Association (GDA) was established in Lao PDR as women in development (WID) network in 1991.  Since its establishment, GDA is focusing in addressing women and gender development issues in Lao PDR for a society without violence and discrimination in collaboration with Lao Women’s Union, UNICEF and other International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs). GDA focuses on both women and men in the area of development. GDA is a registered Non-Profit Association. Currently, GDA is implementing the “Building Resiliency of Indigenous Communities on Climate Change Adaptation” project in partnership with AIPP.

Gender Development Association

PACOS Trust-Malaysia

PACOS Trust is a community-based organisation (CBO) dedicated towards supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. Although registered under the Trustees Ordinance (Sabah) only in 1997, it has been actively involved with communities since 1987 as a different legal entity. PACOS Trust sees itself as on organisation that strives to empower indigenous communities through systematic building and strengthening of community organisations, which can act collectively on its own.

PACOS Trust support community organisations in 17 districts involving 23 geographical areas, with each organisation determining and implementing its own area plan and work programme. It has 60 personnel; almost all are working in their own community but also contributes to the organisation by being part of different ad-hoc committees as resource persons depending on their skills and knowledge.

PACOS sees itself as on organisations that strives to empower indigenous communities through:

  • Systematic building and strengthening of community organisations;
  • Strengthening indigenous knowledge systems on natural resource management;
  • Strengthening positive indigenous values and institutions; as well as
  • Improving early child care and development.

PACOS also sees the need to support networks of indigenous organisations that are protecting and promoting their resources and indigenous systems. This is done through the establishment of formal and informal networks between community organisations at different levels.

PACOS Trust has six main programmes: (i)Community Organising Training, (ii)Natural Resources Management, (iii)Socio-economic Development, (iv)Land Rights, (v) Community Education, (vi)Adat and Culture.


Community Knowledge Support Association (CKSA)

CKSA was established in 2006 and is acting as the Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Network (IKAP) coordinator body for Lao PDR. It has been working in REDD+ issues in partnership with AIPP since 2012. The work of CKSA in Lao PDR has led to the formation of the Lao REDD+ Network. The  network members have show commitment to continue building vibrant network in REDD+ in Laos. This network is being coordinated by CKSA and has been useful in sharing information related to REDD+.

NTFP EP-Cambodia

 The NTFP-EP is a collaborative network of over 60 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) working with forest-based communities to strengthen their capacity in the sustainable management of natural resources. The NTFP-EP was formally established in January 13, 2004, Manila Philippines. In Cambodia, since June 2008, NTFP-EP is duly registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an international NGO in Cambodia. NTFP-EP, Cambodia has been working on REDD+ issues in partnership with AIPP since 2012. NTFP-EP is playing significant role in terms of capacity building and advocacy on the rights of indigenous peoples in REDD+, through publishing briefing paper, training manuals and info posters on REDD+ and organizing several trainings, workshops and seminars at national and local levels.

Non-Timber Forest Products- Exchange Programme 

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP)

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organisation conceived by indigenous peoples organisations in 1988 to strengthen the process of building cooperation and solidarity among indigenous peoples of Asia. It is committed to the cause of promoting human rights; protecting and revitalizing indigenous systems and institutions and their control over their ancestral homelands and their own development and future. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) was officially established in April 1992. Through the years, AIPP developed a range of programs in response to the needs and challenges of indigenous peoples of Asia. Its key activities are related to capacity building of indigenous organisations, communities and leaders, information dissemination, advocacy and lobby work at the local and national levels through its members and network, and at the regional and international levels, particularly with United Nations mechanisms.

The general programs of AIPP are Information Dissemination; Capacity Building mainly through the Indigenous Community Organizing and Leadership Training (ICOLT); Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Protection (running the Collaborative Management Learning Network on co-management of protected areas with indigenous communities); Human Rights Campaign, Policy and Advocacy; Indigenous Development; Women Empowerment; and Youth program. The implementations of these programs are coordinated by the AIPP full time secretariat based in Chang Mai, Thailand.

With more than a decade of program implementation at various levels and leaders with good track records, AIPP has gained recognition and acknowledgement in various fields of expertise including capacity building, building cooperation and solidarity through networking, regional and international advocacy and lobby work on the rights of indigenous peoples, traditional knowledge and Bio-diversity protection among others.

As a regional organisation, AIPP has a governance structure with the AIPP General Assembly (GA) as the highest decision making body, composed of representatives of member-organisations. At present, AIPP has 28 active members from 14 countries, including four national indigenous alliances. AIPP has received funding from a number of donors, including: IWGIA, ICCO Netherlands, Suedbio, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), European Commission, and cooperated with UN agencies such as the UNDP. AIPP is one of IWGIA long-term strategic partners in Asia and the two organisations have worked closely on various issues over the past years.