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Network Champion: Main point of contact for this organization. Maintains this page and ensures organization makes the most of network membership.
Kanyinke Paul Sena

Added on: Jun 13, 2019

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2019

IPACC works with Indigenous People (IP) from 6 regions in Africa, and its core work is to promote IP human right & gender equality etc. And IPACC's mission is to empower IP to gain recognition.

The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC) is a network of 135 indigenous peoples’ organisations in 21 African countries. This makes it the largest indigenous peoples’ network in the world. IPACC was legally founded in 1997 when a draft constitution was adopted by the founding members in Geneva, Switzerland during the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples.

It is a network composed of indigenous peoples’ organisations. Every three years, member organisations elect an eighteen-person Executive Committee representing six geographic and cultural regions in Africa including a regional representative of indigenous women.

Any legitimate organisation run by African Indigenous peoples for the promotion of Indigenous peoples’ rights and welfare is welcome to apply for membership. Applicants must provide the constitution of their organisation.

IPACC is accredited with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Environment Programme, the Global Environment Facility, UNESCO, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. IPACC has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. IPACC is a member organisation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

IPACC’s Secretariat is located in Cape Town, South Africa. A legally constituted Trust oversees IPACC’s financial integrity and auditing procedures. The Trust became an independent body under South African law in 2002. IPACC Trust is registered as a NPO and NGO under South African law.

In 2015, IPACC established a new advisory body in the network: the Council of Elders. This is a three person body composed of distinguished indigenous elders chosen by the member organisations to provide guidance and institutional memory for the network. The current Council of Elders are Hassan Id Belkassm (Morocco), Zephyrin Kalimba (Rwanda) and Jeniffer Koinante (Kenya).


Kanyinke Paul Sena

Kanyinke Paul Sena has a Doctorate in law in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona and has undertaken a semester course work on renewable energy at Doctorate level. He has written papers on best practices in energy projects and on the impacts of large scale energy projects of indigenous people’s rights. See for example Report on Renewable Energy Projects and the Rights of Marginalized/Indigenous communities in Kenya and Balancing vultures conservation and rights of Maasai. Kanyinke has been advocating for community-led energy projects in Africa learning from his experiences from community energy projects in North America. As the Director of IPACC, a network of indigenous people’s organizations in Africa, Kanyinke will be well positioned to advance the Rights and Partnership agenda in Africa.

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