Culture-based advocacy for achieving rights and recognition


Orangutang Fonden/Save the Orangutan





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Beviliget beløb:

1.228.124,00 kr.

Indsatsen vedrører følgende verdensmål:

  • Mål 1: Afskaf fattigdom
  • Mål 3: Sundhed og trivsel
  • Mål 10: Mindre ulighed
  • Mål 15: Livet på land

Indsatsen foregår i følgende lande:

  • Indonesia

Lokale partnere:

  • Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Overordnede mål :

The Dayak Wehea tribe has strengthened organization around their cultural heritage and community of values, and have successfully used this to gain recognition as indigenous people and acknowledgement of their rights.

Umiddelbare mål :

Immediate objective 1: By the 31st of December 2021 the Dayak Wehea tribe are organized and have increased practical experience working with elements of their indigenous heritage, resulting in strong cultural expressions and cohesiveness as one united tribe. Immediate objective 2: By the 31st of December 2021, The Dayak Wehea tribe has gained increased capacity for public communication, which brings about improved awareness of their tribe and contributes to informal recognition as indigenous people. Immediate objective 3: By the 31st December 2021, the proposition for formal recognition of the Dayak Wehea tribe and implementation of the national legislation on Indigenous Peoples in East Kalimantan Province is advocated and successfully in process (if not fully achieved).

Målgrupper :

The primary target group consist of the indigenous Dayak Wehea tribe, which is made up of 10,691 men and women located in six villages: Dea Beq, Diaq Lay, Bea Nehas, Nehas Liah Bing, Long Wehea, Diaq Leway. The secondary target group involves a broad range of actors and duty-bearers, including government officials, government agencies, NGOs and the general public.


Marginalisation, loss of land and introduction of a different lifestyle are seriously threatening the indigenous Dayak Wehea tribe and negatively affecting their livelihoods, leading to despair and social problems. A proposition for recognition as an indigenous tribe was submitted during the partners' previous intervention, but a regulatory change hindered the completion of the process. Limited public awareness and coordination between all the Dayak Wehea communities, as well as lack of implementation of the national legislation on indigenous people's rights in East Kalimantan province, further complicates the process towards recognition. The proposed project aims to empower the indigenous Dayak Wehea communities in Indonesian Borneo through a strenghtened organization around their cultural heritage to increase value, proudness and cohesiveness, as well as to increase capacity to advocate for recognition of rights as indigenous people.