THE IMPACT OPPORTUNITY
Indigenous peoples represent around 5% of the world’s population but make up 15% of the world's extreme poor
While indigenous peoples own, occupy, or use 25% of the world’s surface area, they safeguard 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity
Indigenous peoples lead on protecting the environment and fighting climate change
Despite the critical importance of indigenous communities and their stewardship of land and society, indigenous communities throughout the world are disproportionately affected by extractive industries and experience disenfranchisement, economic isolation and exploitation that is far more tragic and profound than is reported through government data or mainstream media.
The Reciprocity Fund aims to address this by providing capital to social enterprises that create sustainable livelihoods for indigenous populations, as well as fight the world's greatest challenges of environmental degradation, declining soil health, and shrinking biodiversity.
Our work adheres to international principles for engaging with indigenous communities.