With support from the European Union (EU), the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) is working with International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) on a project called “IP Champions: Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Philippines” that aims to support indigenous peoples most at risk of discrimination, marginalization and other forms of violations of their nationally and internationally protected rights, by working on both the supply and demand side of the system for protecting and promoting indigenous rights in the Philippines, focusing on indigenous peoples in the BARMM and Cordillera due to their relatively high populations and the particular vulnerabilities and opportunities presented by the unique autonomy arrangements applying to their regions.


The overall goal is to enhance indigenous peoples’ rights in the Philippines by contributing to a situation where indigenous communities have empowered advocates who can demand rights, and where institutions responsible for upholding these rights have the knowledge and skills to respond to such requests to effectively fulfill their mandates. The project aims to contribute to this overall objective by working with two target groups: indigenous peoples’ groups (particularly in Bangsamoro and the Cordillera) and relevant national and sub-national institutions.


International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization advancing democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening, and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.


IAG is a leading policy center on governance and human security in the southern Philippines and fragile environments with a recognized impact on sustainable peace and development. It engages people, leaders, and institutions in capacity building, dialogue, and knowledge production towards evidence-based public policies and practices.