How We Deliver

For more than a decade, Rights and Resources Initiative has been connecting and organizing local-global actors around a common agenda guided by Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and community organizations and their allies.

Together, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Coalition has catalyzed the recognition and respect of local peoples’ land and resource rights through the synergistic combination of:


RRI makes the case for rights recognition and provides a global baseline from which to measure and instigate progress. Its signature tenure data tracks Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendant Peoples’, and local communities’ —including women’s—legally recognized rights to forests, land, and natural resources from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. Its pathbreaking analyses assess investment risks posed by insecure land rights and the connection between secure rights and positive climate and development outcomes, such as the amount of carbon stored in community-held lands. Learn more.

Convening + Connecting:

By creating spaces and opportunities for stakeholders—private, public, and Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and community—to come together, RRI creates credible pathways for diverse constituents to agree on and implement sustainable development solutions that fully respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, and local communities. RRI has fostered national-level coalitions, pre-competitive spaces for private sector negotiation, and global convenings on community land rights, among others. Learn more.

Country-level Engagement:

RRI helps create the enabling environment for tenure reform by: responding to priorities identified annually by Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local communities; enhancing collaboration around crucial reform processes; providing the latest research in accessible formats for advocates; and linking local-level work to key national and international development and climate processes. Learn more.

Innovation + Incubation:

RRI creates institutions, initiatives, and tools that fill “gaps” in the ecosystem of existing efforts to recognize community land rights. These include: MegaFlorestais, The Interlaken Group, the Tenure Facility, Land Rights Now, and Landmark. Learn more.

Rapid Response Funding:

RRI provides rapid response financial support for Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, and local communities to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities to engage with key stakeholders, push for key reforms, and/or test pilot innovative ideas. Learn more.

Watch this video to learn how RRI delivered its impact in 2021: