About the Initiative
“5 years of impact, 5 years of doing development differently
The "impact" is clear
The impact of RRI's 13 Partners and 120 plus Collaborators is indelible. The collective RRI 'fingerprint' can be seen in the major tenure reforms in China and Brazil, in stronger tenure advocacy in Nepal and Central America, in greater global awareness of tenure in all things REDD, in enhancing corporate responsibility standards and policy, in growing reform movements, and in women's natural resource rights mobilization in Central and West Africa to name a few.
Voices of the RRI Coalition
The benefit of a global network of partners and collaborators is apparent. Unique voices from within the coalition can be expressed and shared beyond local communities to the entire network and beyond. Recently, RRI invited the leaders of many of these organizations to attend its annual strategic planning meetings in Washington, DC. RRI used this unique international gathering as an opportunity to sit down with some of these remarkable individuals, who are champions of forest tenure reform and land rights in their countries and had traveled across continents to be a crucial part of our planning process. Watch the interviews and learn more about their unique perspectives and insights.
"Doing development differently”
RRI is an institutional innovation in the arena of forests, rights and development. The Coalition strategically focuses on complementing and adding value to existing initiatives, while ensuring that representatives of community and Indigenous Peoples' organizations play major roles in guiding and governing the Coalition. Each year, RRI activities are designed in response to and in support of local people and their communities, with over 60 percent of funding directly supporting local-level engagement in strategic analysis and advocacy.
Though there is much to celebrate from the first five years of the Rights and Resources Initiative, we are still far short of reaching our global goals of doubling community tenure and halving poverty in forest areas. The RRI family of institutions remains mindful of the tremendous amount of important work that is yet to be done for the world’s forests, and the people and communities that call them home.
To learn more about some of RRI’s impacts in the last five years, click the links below: