PUSAKA was established in 2002 by local activists who have extensive experience in advocacy activities for indigenous peoples’ rights and popular education. From 2003 to early 2007 programme implementation was stagnant, however it was revitalised in 2007.
PUSAKA is a non-profit organisation focusing on:
- Research, advocacy and the documentation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights
- Capacity development
- Education on and empowerment of indigenous peoples’ rights, including the right to land, and economic, social and cultural rights
- Strengthening community organisations
Vision and Mission:
1) Effect policy changes which acknowledge and protect the existence and rights of indigenous peoples and poor communities, based on justice and democracy, using gender perspectives and promoting sustainable environments.
2) Improve capacity and policy and advocacy knowledge of communities and their organisations to assist their struggle for the fulfilment of human rights and to participate in determining development policies.
1) Advocacy research and documentation related to community rights and natural resources management.
2) Education and training, seminars, workshops and the development of publications and information media.
3) Mentoring communities and their organisations.
4) Collaboration with partners and civil society organisations on advocacy efforts.