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The project aims at enhancing the capacity of the target groups in the following selected countries in Africa: Angola, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe = to engage in constructive policy dialogues and/or participatory mechanisms, with a view to develop strategies and initiatives to advance inclusive development and SDGs achievement for indigenous peoples in the framework of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through capacity building of both national and local governments and indigenous leaders, the project aims to promote the participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making processes at all levels, with a special focus at the local level, where the most vulnerable indigenous peoples live. 

The project also intends to enhance the capacity of governments to develop and implement policies, programmes and legislation that recognize and respect indigenous peoples’ development priorities and rights, that include their full and effective participation in national socio-economic development policies, enhancing dialogue mechanisms among indigenous peoples, the government and UNCTs. The project also aims to strengthen the capacities of stakeholders in targeted countries to engage in those processes, as well as to work in the implementation of national action plans, policies and measures on the Declaration. Targeted countries have requested technical support of UN DESA. 

Primary Division:
Partners:OHCHR, UN Women
Funding source:
Donors:Development Account
Budget:$678,000
Project dates:February 2020 – June 2023
Countries:, , , ,
Thematic areas:,
SDGs:Goal 1: No PovertyGoal 2: Zero HungerGoal 3: Good Health and Well-BeingGoal 4: Quality EducationGoal 10: Reduced InequalitiesGoal 16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions