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Working in partnership
The Rainforest Foundation UK makes a conscious choice to work through local and national partner organisations whenever possible. These partnerships are crucial to the success of our projects. When addressing indigenous peoples’ rights in a project, we aim to ensure that we work with the genuine representative organisations of these peoples.
We work with partners because:
- they are best placed to fully understand and engage with the political dynamics within project countries.
- we believe that supporting local organisations to grow and be more effective is the best way of ensuring sustainable results for all of our projects.
- Partnerships are carried out in the spirit of supporting best practices, transparency and good governance of local organisations.
What kind of support to we give?
We aim to provide comprehensive support to partners to put them at the forefront of project implementation and advocacy. Depending on the level of capacity an experience of the partner, they will need different levels of support. Our support to partners comes in many forms and can include:
- Legal and technical advice
- Support to identify policy and advocacy goals and pursue them with realistic and concrete strategies
- Capacity building in a number of fields including on how to work with communities in a culturally sensitive way, how to use GIS technology to map community lands, how to understand and analyse legal texts and rights, how to conduct advocacy and build alliances, and how to support communities in addressing the problems that they identify.
- Support to the development of partner organisations so that they function more efficiently
How do we choose our partners?
We have specific criteria for assessing and selecting potential partners, but among the things we look for are:
- Their aims and vision must be in line with those of RFUK
- They must work with the communities on whose behalf they claim to work in a specific way that ensures that FPIC is respected on an ongoing basis in all their work
- They must adhere to specific practices organisational governance (although we also recognise that this is not always possible with very localised, incipient organisations)
- For indigenous organisations, they must be genuinely representative of the indigenous communities or peoples they claim to represent.