Good Governance Activities

The Good Governance Program is anchored on the National Values and Principles of Governance as stipulated in Article 10 of the CoK 2010 as follows:

10. (1) the national values and principles of governance in this Article bind all State organs, State officers, public officers and all persons
      (2) The national values and principles of governance include

a) Patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people;

b) Human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalised;

Indigenous Peoples do not consider themselves to be poor. On the contrary, they possess, control and conserve resources, unique knowledge and rich cultures that have special values and strength. Unfortunately, they have ended up impoverished as a result of processes which are out of their control and sometimes irreversible.  These processes have dispossessed them of their traditional lands, restricted or prohibited their access to natural resources, resulted in the breakdown of their communities and the degradation of their environment, thereby threatening their physical and cultural survival.

This Program recognizes that democratic states are those that work purposely to ensure the full participation and sufficient representation of all members of the society in local and national processes. It is designed to ensure that indigenous peoples engage in local, national and international processes that directly impact on their welfare; that their views are incorporated in the decision making of such fora; and that they enjoy the right and freedom to have representatives championing their interests and concerns in decision making. Through the PROGRAM, synergies will be created between indigenous knowledge and modern science, particularly in the field of natural resource management and environmental protection to oppose projects that threaten indigenous peoples’ lands, forests, waters, cultural practices, food, sovereignty, traditional livelihoods, ecosystems, rights and ways of life.

Upcoming Activities

  • IP Community Empowerment: Through public forums, tailor-made trainings, exchange visits, facilitation of engagement platforms with state-actors amongst other activities, indigenous peoples will be empowered with skills necessary to engage policy makers with a view of contributing to the enactment of laws and policies as well as establishment of institutions that appreciate, respect and promote indigenous peoples’ way of life.
  • Leadership Development Programs: These PROGRAMs are structured to build the capacity of IPs, especially women and youth to take up leadership positions in local and national decision making institutions for guaranteed representation and participation. The PROGRAMs aim at encouraging and equipping the IPs with the requisite skills, strategies and in some cases resources to put them at equal level with the majority communities who normally enjoy undue advantages when it comes to leadership positions.
  • Civic Education: Civic Education activities will majorly be undertaken to impart IPs with information on their rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in International and Regional laws, CoK 2010, national legislation and policies with the main aim on ensuring that IPs actively participate and are sufficiently represented in decision making processes and that they adequately advocate for the promotion and protection of their rights.

Our Purpose

With input from knowledgeable members of the communities to whom we serve, we define and implement indigenous peoples priorities for economic, social and cultural development and environmental protection, based on their traditional cultures, knowledge and practices, and the implementation of their inherent right to self-determination.