The International Indigenous Women's Forum is a network of Indigenous women leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Americas working to increase their participation and visibility in the international arena, and build capacity, and the Indigenous Women's Fund is the "economic and philanthropic arm". Catalyzed by a UN conference, we're struck by what they are supporting:
"traditional indigenous economy base on the principles of reciprocity, solidarity and complementarity."
"indigenous community economic models for a "health living" seeking development that allows you to maintain your identity."
Exactly. We couldn't have said it better.
In their "intercultural" approach to philanthropy, the Fund seeks to"
• Address issues of inequity;
• Base its work on traditional Indigenous values of reciprocity and complementarity and "unity in diversity";
• Facilitate and promote equal exchanges between donors and grantees, and between the Global North and South and within;
• Build partnerships of mutual interests and reciprocity between donor or social change supporters and grantees