What if development were designed and lived by the same people?
IAP, an international advocacy organization, wins policy change, boosts local advocacy efforts & supports local activists and communities to access & exchange information on development that affects them. By opening space at influential decision-making spaces, IAP seeks to advance development principles and projects that prioritize human and environmental rights. IAP is recognized for its nimble, thoughtful & inclusive work that fights for community-led expertise & experience to be the center of how development is designed, funded and implemented. At our core, IAP leverages community-level expertise & experience to increase community-led participation & reinforce campaigns supporting community-led development.
- IAP reinforces how communities participate as central figures in the development process. IAP identifies the development financial institutions and standard-setting processes with the greatest impact on people’s ability to shape their own development and provide remedies when rights are violated.
- To influence the policy and practice of development and as a mobilization tool, IAP assists communities to gather their own community-led research on their development priorities, their experience in the development process and the potential impacts of development projects.
- When assisting specific campaigns, IAP supports the community-led priorities and recommendations directed towards the financial institutions, governments and project proponents connected to the project. IAP reinforces community-led campaigns to change how development is designed, funded and implemented.
- IAP creates technology platforms and training tools to support communities and civil society to monitor and respond to development projects likely to cause human rights and environmental abuses. IAP exchanges expert advice, training, and materials to communities likely to be affected and the civil society groups supporting them.