About the Initiative
The RRI Coalition is formed by a group of core Partners who work in areas of their regional and thematic expertise. Partners also engage with a wide group of Collaborators who participate in and support RRI activities. Our 140 plus Partner and Collaborator organizations are directly engaged in land and forest policy reforms in close to 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Together, we are working to encourage greater global commitment and action on pro-poor tenure, policy and market reforms.
Learn more about RRI Partners and Collaborators under Who We Are.
The Rights and Resources Initiative was formally established in 2005 by ACICAFOC, CIFOR, Forest Trends, FPCD, IUCN, and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC). In 2006, the Forest Peoples Programme, Intercooperation (now known as HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation after its merger with HELVETAS in 2011), and the World Agroforestry Centre joined as RRI Partners. Civic Response joined in 2007, and FECOFUN joined in 2008. Samdhana Institute joined in 2009. The Coalition welcomed new Partner Tebtebba in 2010, followed by IFRI, PRISMA and CED in 2011. Former Partners IUCN, CIFOR, and FPCD are now contributing as active RRI Collaborators.
Governance of the Rights and Resources Initiative is conducted by the Board of Directors, which meets three times a year. The Board also receives input on governance from regular meetings of the Partners, which often take place simultaneously with meetings of the Board. To learn more about governance of the Rights and Resources Initiative, see the Memorandum of Understanding signed by all Partners and the note on RRI Institutional and Business Arrangements.
Annual Workplan Documents
Independent Monitor Evaluations
As part of the governance and coordination of the RRI, an Independent Monitor conducts the annual independent evaluation of the RRI program. The Independent Monitor is responsible for monitoring all RRI activities and providing recommendations for adjustments in the strategic approach and/or coalition functioning. Annual reports from RRI's Independent Monitor can be accessed here: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008
In 2011, RRI underwent an independent evaluation of the implementation of the Framework Proposal guiding RRI activities and impacts from 2008-2012. The evaluation, conducted by The Mountain Institute, can be found here.
Audited Financial Statements
Rights and Resources Group (RRG), the 501 c(3) nonprofit coordinating mechanism of the Rights and Resources Initiative, has been entrusted by our supporters with financial resources to work toward the mission and goals of the Initiative. To justify this trust, RRG is committed to being an effective steward of these resources to put them to the most effective use in our work.
Rights and Resources Group documents our effective stewardship by undertaking an annual independent audit of our financial accounts. To demonstrate our commitment to financial accountability and transparency, our annual Audited Financial Statements are available here: 2012 | 2011| 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
IRS Annual Information Return
All US-based tax-exempt charitable organizations must file an Annual Information Return to the US Internal Revenue Service, which documents the revenue, expenses, activities, and governance of the organization. These are available for public inspection at the US Internal Revenue Service, and must also be made available to any member of the public that requests a copy. To meet this requirement, and to demonstrate full transparency and accountability, Rights and Resources Group makes these available here: