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 

Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (I.P.F)


The Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation for Education and Environment (I.P.F) was officially established on 3 November 2005 in Thailand, registration number Chor Mor. 0027/2548, by a joint effort of indigenous peoples’ leaders and local academics. Its main aim at that time was to    build capacity for indigenous peoples and to promote full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in a wide range of international policy processes relevant to them. These included, but were not limited to policy on forest and biodiversity conservation and management, and policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. These activities were undertaken in close collaboration with the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests and other partner organizations.

In 2009, the I.P.F reviewed and adjusted its policy and programmes to be more community oriented in order to best serve the need of its target communities particularly on issues of indigenous peoples’ education, self-determined development and customary land use and natural resource management. The I.P.F’s currently worked with indigenous peoples in Thailand, such as Karen, Hmong, Mien, Lisu, Lahu and Akha.  Experiences gained from indigenous peoples in Thailand will be shared and replicated to other indigenous groups in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.


Indigenous peoples in the Greater Mekong Sub-region are aware and fully participate in the realization and protection of their distinct rights particularly on indigenous education and natural resource management.


1.      follow up policies and international processes particularly on education and environment relevant to indigenous peoples

2.      bring international policies/commitments into practice at regional, national and local level

3.      promote  and develop an  information centre on education and environment relevant to indigenous peoples

4.      build the capacity of  indigenous organizations and leaders on human rights and environmental issues

5.      provide support and coordinate  with indigenous organizations, indigenous networks and other relevant agencies in the GMS

6.      monitor policies and programmes  on indigenous peoples’ education  in the GMS


1.      Applying the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the general framework for implementation of project activities

2.      Strengthening the capacity of indigenous leaders and personnel to play key roles in different activities and issues

3.      Facilitating the free and flow of information between the indigenous organizations and relevant agencies

4.      Using multi-cooperation approach

5.      Emphasizing on full and effective participation of all involved sectors and ensuring gender balance

6.      Achieving sustainable development


1.      to provide support to indigenous peoples in Thailand and the GMS on education and sustainable land use and natural resource management;

2.      to build capacity of indigenous peoples’ network in the GMS;

3.      to promote life quality and self-determined development to indigenous peoples in Thailand and the GMS;

4.      to promote and protect indigenous peoples’ rights and culture in Thailand and the GMS.

Our Work

The work of the I.P.F is divided into four main programmes.

1. Documentation and information dissemination

The I.P.F continues to compile and update government policies and plans that affect and are relevant to indigenous peoples, such as policy on education and natural resource management.  The I.P.F will produce publications and use other media to promote indigenous peoples’ rights, such as books, leaflets, video, and community radio programmes.  It will likewise maintain and update a website to disseminate information broadly.

2. Capacity building for indigenous organizations and communities

The main aim is to further enhance the capacity of indigenous peoples on issues related to their needs and aspirations, such as community based climate change assessment, reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+), etc.  This will help indigenous peoples to understand and find ways to tackle their own problems. Activities could be in the form of trainings, study visits, participation in international, regional, and national meetings.

3.  Strengthening indigenous peoples’ network

The IPF will support the establishment of national indigenous peoples’ networks in Thailand and in the GMS.  This will serve as a platform for them to learn and share experiences and find appropriate solutions to their problems. Additionally, it’s also to strengthen solidarity among indigenous peoples in the region.

4. Policy advocacy

The I.P.F is monitoring and participating in a few key processes that  affect indigenous peoples’ rights and livelihoods at different levels
4.1) International and regional level, such as the CBD, UNFCCC, UNFF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and ASEAN

4.2) National and local level, namely protected areas, community land titling, REDD+, and education management system for highland indigenous peoples.


If you require further information please contact

I.P.F Secretariat

188/525 M.10, Kurasapha Village, Soi 21,

Sannameng Subdistrict, Sansai District,

Chiang Mai, Thailand 50210 Tel./Fax: +66 53 344 945