Who We Are

A global network of civil society actors that drives multi-stakeholder action and systemic change in the recognition, support, and protection of Indigenous, Land, and Environmental Defenders (ILEDs).

As a network, ALLIED is rooted in the recognition and importance of collective power as the main way to address violence against ILEDs. Power imbalances, corruption and discriminatory practices are at the heart of attacks against ILEDs. Networks that bring together community leaders, activists, lawyers, and funders in a trusted and secure way can help to counter these power imbalances.

Our Mission

ALLIED works to ensure that ILEDs are able to continue their critical work protecting their rights and the environment and the climate for future generations, free from violence and retaliation, and with the support and respect of governments, civil society, and the private sector.

Our Vision

ALLIED is building a global movement that connects grassroots and local ILEDs and supporters with their peers working at the national, regional and global levels. Our work breaks silos and facilitates understanding and dialogue between ILEDs, organisations and donors working on environment, human rights, climate, anti-corruption, development, and security, leading to more effective support for ILEDs.

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What sets us apart from other networks and initiatives

  1. Our work champions the contributions of environmental defenders, actively rallying support and fostering solidarity to fortify their work. 
  2. We are civic space actors from the grassroots to the international level. This allows us to catalyze and channel support to defenders through safe spaces and trust-based connections, and to connect the grassroots with the international level, thus building bridges between the Global Majority and the Global North.
  3. We adopt a bottom-up approach to all our activities. Hence, we:

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Inform support strategies, making them context-appropriate, flexible, and demand-driven.

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Collect and report data on lethal and non-lethal attacks through grassroots-driven processes.

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Open safe spaces for dialogue, good practice sharing, and knowledge development that act are guided by ILEDs.

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Constantly seek feedback from defenders regarding our impact, and use this input to inform and refine our work and strategy.

These distinct features allow us to:

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Establish a solidarity network upon which defenders can rely.

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Bring resources to the places where they are most needed.

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Increase the outreach of support organizations, and hence access to support by defenders.

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Elevate the voices of defenders, including by publishing data and raising awareness of their vital work and contributions.

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Overcome capacity constraints of support organizations and maximize the impact of resources.

Ultimately, this translates into efforts that help to secure a safe and enabling space for ILEDs, accomplished through:

Stronger protection and prevention strategies.

Heightened awareness and understanding of the situation and support needs of defenders.

Amplification of the voices of defenders, empowering them to speak truth to power.

Enhanced recognition and respect for the invaluable work of defenders.