Empowerment through...

Amplifying voices

We facilitate community input through our Field Hearings, gathering people’s ideas about their problems, potential solutions, and priorities for action. Then we amplify these voices nationally and internationally, and advocate for the changes they prioritize.

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Strategic activism

We enhance political empowerment by working with communities to hold governments accountable. We also host global Action Groups – citizen empowerment collaborations on inequality-related issues such as land grabs or refugees & migrants.

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Participatory economic enterprises

Economic empowerment is urgently needed alongside social and political empowerment. Our PARTICEN project goes beyond microfinance, working to facilitate community-initiated participatory, democratic, sustainable enterprises.

Modeling democratic governance

IfE’s participatory consultations and democratic governance are an empowering experience for our partners, especially those who live in undemocratic states. We are not a top-down organization: our decision-making starts with the priorities expressed by community members, and moves up through network-wide consultations, the project Steering Committees, and elected Boards of Advisors and Directors.

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Our Impact

Global Network

IfE is building a network of members and partners around the world – in over 130 countries so far – and has held Field Hearings in 115 communities.

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Equity Treaty

IfE convened the first global civil society negotiated statement on inequality, and uses this ‘Equity Treaty’ around the world to push for a focus on equality.

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Monitoring & Accountability

IfE successfully proposed Goal 10 – reduce inequalities – as one of 17 global development goals. Now we are coordinating a citizen monitoring network to see that it happens.

Organize citizen monitoring in your community!

Climate Justice

IfE helped make inequalities a key part of the climate debate through our “Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice,” brought into the COP21 meetings in Paris 2015.

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Action Groups

IfE is supporting Action Groups – global collaborations among activists working to overcome specific social, economic or political inequalities.

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Economic Development

IfE is promoting more sustainable and democratic economies by facilitating local discussions on community-initiated economic development.

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Current News

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IfE Partners Report on Atrocities Against Batwa

(En français ci-dessous) The Réseau Initiative for Equality (RIFE) of the African Great Lakes region has just released a devastating report documenting massacres and mass rapes committed from 2016 to 2018 against the Indigenous Batwa people in the Province of... read more

International Batwa Support Committee Convenes

Members of IfE’s International Batwa Support Committee (IBSC) met in mid-March to develop plans for an international campaign to demand an end to the massacres and other atrocities against the Batwa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjacent... read more

IfE Elects New Advisors and Directors

The Initiative for Equality (IfE) Board of Advisors held its annual elections in December of 2018, electing five people to the Board of Directors, and 15 people to the Board of Advisors for 2019.   The Board of Directors now includes: Roberto P. Guimaraes... read more