Organization - Tebtebba Foundation

Tebtebba Foundation
Basic Information
English Tebtebba Foundation
Local language Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education
Country Philippines
Category Indigenous Peoples Global Institute
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Policy and System
Education and Training
Established year 1996
  • Working to ensure the proper implementation of the UNDRIP by States, UN System, other multilateral global and regional bodies, non-state actors such as corporations and NGOs, and indigenous peoples, themselves;
  • Expounding and implementing a holistic framework and strategy for sustainable and self-determined development of indigenous peoples (IPSSDD), which integrates the human rights-, ecosystem- and knowledge-based approaches, sustainable livelihoods, and the intercultural approach;
  • Promoting this framework and strategy through education and training; research, communication and publication; cross-learning community visits; policy advocacy, campaigns and networking; institutional development and resource generation and management; and implementation on the ground.

Tebtebba is a global indigenous-led and -managed institution which promotes and raises awareness on indigenous peoples’ civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights. It undertakes research and documentation, cultural revitalization, education and training activities and advocacy and campaign activities. Together with its partners in 13 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, it supports and implements community strengthening activities through the operationalization of a holistic approach for indigenous peoples’ sustainable and self-determined development (IPSSDD). Part of this work is the enhancement of traditional knowledge systems, which are crucial for their care of the earth and their own sustenance and well-being.


Major Activities

Geared towards implementing indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development, the following are Tebtebba’s major priorities and activities:

  • Community strengthening through capacity building training-workshops on Indigenous Peoples’ Sustainable, Self-Determined Development (IPSSDD), Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS), community-participatory mapping and resource inventory, support for sustainable traditional and innovative livelihoods with partner indigenous communities in Tinoc, Ifugao; Pidlisan, Sagada, Mt. Province; Pasil, Kalinga; Mapaang and Manipongol, Maco municipality in Compostela Valley; and among the Teduray and Lambangian of Maguindanao for the mapping of their ancestral lands and waters;
  • Advocacy for indigenous peoples’ rights, peace, development and knowledge systems in government bodies and agencies in the national as well as in the global levels, such as the Philippine Congress (with the Bangsamoro Basic Law, among others), Philippine Climate Change Commission, Philippine Statistical Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; with UN conventions, bodies and agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Green Climate Fund, Convention on Biological Diversity, World Intellectual Property Organization, Business and Human Rights Forum; with multilateral banks such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank;
  • Research projects and publications on national policies and laws on indigenous peoples’ rights; indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge, practices and innovations; climate change impacts; extractive industries; violence against indigenous women and girls;
  • Capacity building for indigenous leaders, indigenous women and youth such as the project with UNICEF on “Respecting Diversity, Promoting Equity: Mainstreaming the Rights of Indigenous Children in the Indigenous Peoples’ Agenda and National Indigenous Peoples’ Situationer”;
  • Active engagement and influencing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in national as well as in the global levels for these to be indigenous-sensitive;
  • Strengthening and support for indigenous peoples’ organizations and networks such as the Ugnayan para sa Katutubong Kaalaman at Talino (UPAKKAT), Asian Indigenous Women’s Network, Philippine-UNDRIP Network, Indigenous Peoples’ Global Partnership on Climate Change, Forests and Sustainable Development, Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN)
  • Partnership with the academe such as the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Columbia University, USA
Contact Information (Organization)
Address No. 1 Roman Ayson Road, Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Tel +63 74 4447703 / +63 74 4439459
Fax +63 74 4439459

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