UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations

The UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations aims to promote the participation of indigenous representatives in the sessions of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues by providing them with financial assistance funded by means of voluntary contributions from governments, non-governmental organizations and other public or private entities. In its resolution 65/198 of 21 December 2010, the General Assembly further expanded the mandate of Fund in order to facilitate the participation of representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations in sessions of the Human Rights Council and of human rights treaty bodies.

The Fund is administered in accordance with UN regulations by the Secretary-General, who is advised by a Board of Trustees composed of five persons with relevant experience on indigenous issues, who are appointed by the Secretary-General for a three-year renewable term and who serve in a personal capacity.

The Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations website contains further information on the Fund itself and its Board of Trustees, relevant UN documents, the criteria for the selection of beneficiaries, the application forms and deadlines, as well as a list of received contributions, among other information.

Contact information:

UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

CH-1211 Geneva 10 - Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 928 9737 / 9314

Fax : +41 22 928 9010

E-mail: IndigenousFunds(at)ohchr(dot)org

 

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Trust Fund for the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

The Trust Fund for the Second Decade aims at promoting, supporting and implementing the objectives of the Second Decade through the funding of projects concerning the main areas of the Decade: culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development. The Fund is used principally for small grants projects, with a budget for up to US$10,000 covering one year's expenses. Indigenous organisations or organisations working for indigenous peoples can submit project proposals.

The Advisory Group for the Trust Fund for the Second Decade consists of members of the Bureau of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (composed of the PF's Chair, Rapporteur and four vice-Chairs). From 2006 to 2011, the Trust Fund has granted a total of 102 projects with a predominance of projects in Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia and Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues website gives further information on the current application cycle including deadlines, funding guidelines and application forms, as well as information on the outcomes of the previous application cycles.

Contact information:

Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

United Nations, 2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-1454

New York, NY, 10017, USA

Phone: +1 917 367 5100

Fax: +1 917 367 5102

E-mail: indigenousfund(at)un(dot)org

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WIPO: Voluntary Fund for Accredited Indigenous and Local Communities

The WIPO Voluntary Fund for Accredited Indigenous and Local Communities was established in October 2005 by the Member States of WIPO in order to further facilitate indigenous and local communities' participation in the work of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (the IGC).

Please note that only representatives of local and indigenous communities who are already accredited to participate in the IGC may apply for this funding.

On WIPO website you will find information on the accreditation procedure for the IGC, and further information on the objectives, rules and functioning of the Fund, as well as application forms and deadlines

Contact information:
Traditional Knowledge Division
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20 / Switzerland
Fax: + 41 22 338 8120
E-mail: grtkf(at)wipo(dot)int

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The CBD Voluntary Funding Mechanism for Indigenous and Local Communities

The Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity has established a Voluntary Fund to facilitate the participation of indigenous and local communities in meetings related to the Convention, in particular but not exclusively the meetings that are related to the objectives of Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention.

Applications from indigenous and local communities' representatives can be sent as soon as notification about a particular meeting has been posted on the CBD website. Applications for a specific meeting, accompanied by a letter of nomination from the represented indigenous or local community, must be received by the CBD Secretariat at least three months prior to the meeting.

In the selection of beneficiaries, the CBD Executive Secretary will consult with the Bureau of the Conference of Parties, as well as with a Selection Committee consisting of seven representatives nominated by indigenous and local communities from each one of the seven geo-cultural regions recognised by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Selection criteria include expertise, gender balance and equitable geographic distribution.

The CBD website provides further information and relevant documents on this Funding Mechanism, including draft criteria for its operation and application forms.

Contact information:
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
413 St-Jacques Street, 8th floor, Office 800
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1N9
Phone: +1 514 288 2220 Fax: +1 514 288 6588
E-mail: secretariat(at)cbd(dot)int

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Other Funding Sources

The website for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights publishes a list of additional donors who finance the participation of indigenous representatives during the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has an Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility. More information is available on the IFAD website.

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples publishes an Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resources Guide on its website. The guide is available for free in a PDF file in English and Spanish. A hard copy is also available for purchase.

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News on Funds

EIDHR Call for Proposals - Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples
July,12 2013

The call for proposals entitled "Combating discrimination", of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) of the European Commission (EC), welcomes projects addressing the subject of "Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples"  ...  [more]

Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations - Permanent Forum and EMRIP 2013
September,17 2012

The deadline to submit applications to the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations to attend the 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (20-31 May 2013) and the 6th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous  ...  [more]

New mandate of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations
April,03 2011

The Secretary of the UN Voluntary Funds on Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Indigenous Peoples (OHCHR) shares the following information about the recent change of mandate of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. The Fund provides travel  ...  [more]