State of Funding for Tenure Rights and Forest Guardianship

Donor Funding for Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and Afro-descendant Peoples in Tropical Forested Countries (2011–2023)

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative and Rainforest Foundation Norway

Date: April 10, 2024

On 10 April 2024, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) launched the Path to Scale dashboard, a new open-source online tool that gives easy access to donor funding data for Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendant Peoples’, and local communities’ rights and forest guardianship. This new brief analyzes the dashboard’s data and main funding trends since 2020. It finds that while donor funding between 2020–2023 was up 36% from the preceding four years, averaging US $517 million per year, there is still no systematic change in direct donor funding to rightsholder organizations.

By making this data available for the first time, the dashboard and brief will help donors, non-governmental organizations, and rightsholders identify critical funding gaps and opportunities in global efforts to secure communities’ rights and combat the dual climate and biodiversity crises.
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