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MEFP, located in Central African Republic, aims to defend indigenous peoples rights, health and development.
MEFP is the 'Maison de l’Enfant et de la Femme Pygmées'. They are located in Central African Republic, based in Bangui. Projects have been developed in the South-West forest areas: Provinces of Lobaye, Ombella Mpoko, Sangha Mbaéré and Mambéré-Kadéi.
Their main aims are:
- Defending and advancing indigenous peoples’ rights and culture;
- Encouraging sustainable management of indigenous peoples’ land and natural resources;
- Advancing IPs education, legal and organisational capacity-building and training;
- Contributing to the improvement of health provision and to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Pygmy communities;
- Fostering small-scale development projects to benefit the Pygmies.
We have worked with this partner since 2008 on the following issues:
- Indigenous peoples
- Land Tenure and community rights
- Ratification and implementation of ILO Convention 169
- Participatory mapping of forest and IP’s communities’ access and use of land and natural resources
- Forest communities’ legal and rights capacity building for land and natural resources management
- Community forests
- Rights to political and civil rights : access to citizenship for the IPs
- REDD programme and deforestation
- Communities’ resilience facing climate change in the Congo Basin
“The work of the RFUK in the Central African Republic (CAR) has revolutionised the relationship between civil society and public and private institutions. Also, the impact of the work of MEFP and RFUK’s participatory mapping programme on local and indigenous forest communities in CAR has been so great that they have described it as a “shining light” in their lives.”
Saint-Jérôme Sitamon – Coordinator