The Indigenous Peoples of
Africa Co-ordinating Committee
IPACC is a network of 135 indigenous peoples’ organisations in 21 African countries. This makes it the largest indigenous peoples’ network in the world. IPACC was legally founded in 1997 when a draft constitution was adopted by the founding members in Geneva, Switzerland during the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples.
The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC) is a network of 135 Indigenous peoples’ organisations in 21 African countries. It is a membership organisation. Any legitimate organisation composed of African indigenous peoples is welcome to apply for membership. Other associations working in development, human or Indigenous rights may apply for associate (non-voting) membership. Members elect an Executive Committee representing six geographic and cultural regions in Africa including a special regional representative of Indigenous women. IPACC is accredited with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Environment Programme, the Global Environment Facility, UNESCO and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
WHAT WE DO
Human Rights & Gender Equality
IPACC was founded on the principle that indigenous peoples in Africa experience human rights violations, exclusion from decision-making and the political economy and in most cases there is systematic legal and social discrimination.
Environmental & Climate Justice
Most of IPACC’s members are highly-dependent on natural resources. Indigenous peoples in Africa, by definition are living in sensitive ecosystems, using natural resources either for pastoralism or hunting and foraging wild foods.
Indigenous Peoples' Networking
IPACC’s initial purpose and sustaining mission is to be a home and solidarity network for the indigenous peoples of Africa. IPACC was born out of the will of different African indigenous peoples to unite and work together to promote their rights.
years of Promoting indigenous peoples' rights in africa.
IPACC was founded to address the most pressing issues facing indigenous peoples in Africa. These are:
- Human rights violations;
- Systematic legal and social discrimination; and
- Exclusion from decision-making and the political economy.