Indigenous and Afro-descendent Ancestral Practices and Philanthropy in the Americas


Full title: Indigenous and Afro-descendent Ancestral Practices and Community Philanthropy in the Americas

For centuries, communities in Latin America and the Caribbean have been practicing reciprocal assistance. Strengthening mutual trust, pooling assets, and building capacity helps people adapt to changing conditions and opportunities, and forms the basis for a growing global practice called community philanthropy that seeks to achieve lasting results that matter to communities, local civil society organizations, and donors.
Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities have evolving, vibrant practices of mutual community support passed down through generations, from tequio or faena in Mexico to minga/minka in Ecuador, Peru, and parts of Colombia. IAF grantees often tap into those traditions to make lives better for community members.

Review by Wilde Ganzen

The three short examples of how people in rural communities help each other in times of need can be a source of inspiration: mutual community support provides resilience.
It may be good to know that the Inter-American Foundation is involved in supporting such initiatives.


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Author: Gabriela Boyer and Circe Peralta

Publisher/source/organization: Inter-American Foundation

Place and year of issue: 2021

Type: Article

Country/region: Latin America

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