The Niyat project aims to empower Indigenous women and youth, paving the way for a new Indigenous governance for the co-design of rights-based public policies in Argentina’s rural areas of the Gran Chaco.

Named after the Wichì word for a traditional leader, the project  promotes Indigenous leadership through a dialogue between local communities, institutions and the State, consolidating the former as protagonists in the management of their territory.

  • The Context

    The vulnerability of Indigenous communities arises from the challenges they face in accessing crucial resources necessary for their development and well-being. One significant obstacle is the fragmentation of social cohesion which can impede their ability to advocate effectively. 

    Another worrying disparity concerns the access of Indigenous peoples to the educational system, which pales in comparison to their non-Indigenous peers. Limited access to quality education can perpetuate cycles of poverty and limit opportunities for future growth and development. This is exacerbating still by high levels of food insecurity, which complicates health issues and worsens the already precarious living conditions of vulnerable individuals and families.

    These communities confront a complex web of challenges that affect their overall well-being and impede their ability to thrive. Tackling these issues requires comprehensive and collaborative efforts to bridge the gaps in education, food security, social cohesion and access to modern technology, empowering these communities to take an active role in shaping their future and participating in broader societal dialogue.

  • Main Goals

    • Promoting Indigenous governance by strengthening the management capacity of indigenous communities through the establishment of Local Management Committees (CGL) for active participation in policymaking.
    • Encouraging intercultural bilingual education by consolidating learning communities to promote the right to comprehensive, intercultural bilingual education for all genders. with a gender perspective.
    • Safeguarding food security by enhancing the food security of communities by empowering traditional productive systems based on local knowledge and biodiversity.
  • The Partnership

    The partnership includes:

    Fundación Gran Chaco

    Rural Communities Network (RCR)

    Rural Women’s Cooperative (COMAR)

    Gender area of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso)

    Slow Food


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