Ngilai community member Naramat Lenkalani and Legado Senior Program Manager Monicah Mbiba during a legacy session in Wamba, Kenya.
Legado is a global nonprofit that works alongside indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCS) in places important for biodiversity to ensure they have the tools, resources, and partnerships they need to create and lead solutions that benefit both their communities and landscapes—an outcome we call Thriving Futures. The ultimate goal of our Thriving Futures™ model is to build a sustainable, locally-led system for collaborative problem solving that fosters adaptability and resilience in communities for meeting current and future challenges, such as those brought on by climate change.
Legado's Radical Approach
Legado’s Thriving Futures model supports indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) by:
- Being community led, shifting the decision-making power
- into the hands of local people
- Using a non-sectoral approach that supports any change communities prioritize for their well being and the well being of their environment
- Building on existing community assets and strengths
- Igniting collective action with women in the lead and increasing the involvement of youth and other marginalized groups in their communities
- Working with local partners to efficiently scale impact
We use the following criteria to select our partnerships and sites:
- IPLC’s have goals they want to achieve
- Local demand for Thriving Futures
- Geographical relevance for protecting biodiversity
- IPLC land tenure
- Strong enabling environment
IPLCs BUILD A THRIVING FUTURE
FREE PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT MEETINGS
(Multiple meetings held in regional village hubs to craft partnership and plan).
In a high-priority area for biodiversity, Legado partners with an existing and like-minded local/regional organization to launch a partnership and assemble an inclusive group of people committed to leading change in their community. Multiple convenings and discussion are had to launch this partnership.
COMMUNITY THRIVING FUTURES TEAM CONVENING
WOMEN’S LEGACY CONVENING
COMMUNITY LEGACY CONVENING
(Multiple convenings held in regional village hubs)
Using the concept of legacy, Legado jumpstarts individual motivation and action through a series of workshops that help participants define their own personal legacy visions and commitments for creating a Thriving Future— where both people and their landscape can thrive.
LEGACY CONSENSUS CONVENING
ACTIONS AND COMMITMENTS ON PRIORITIES
(Series of community-led meetings held with collaborators)
Participants then build on their personal legacies by coming together to create a shared legacy vision that works toward a Thriving Future. Community assets and resources are assessed then a realistic plan of action is built for priorities that are decided by consensus.
IPLCs LEAD TO FULFILL THEIR THRIVING FUTURE PRIORITIES
EFFECTIVE COLLECTIVE ACTION AND ACCOMPANIMENT
EFFECTIVE COLLECTIVE ACTION AND ACCOMPANIMENT
ALIGNMENT WITH CURRENT AND FUTURE FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
ONGOING COMMUNITY-LED LEGACY-BUILDING AT INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY LEVEL
EFFECTIVE COLLECTIVE ACTION: Community members next begin implementing their plan. Legado plays a key role by serving as a “backbone” to foster effective collective action. Work is monitored and evaluated regularly by the collaborative to ensure adaptive management along the way and, ultimately, that community priorities are met.
IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRENT AND EMERGING PRIORITIES
INTEGRATION INTO DISTRICT PLANS, ECOSYSTEM PAYMENTS, CARBON FINANCING, GRANTS AND MORE
CAPACITY SHARING FOR TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO ACHIEVE PRIORITIES
ACCOMPANIMENT: Legado provides three years of intensive on-the-ground support to build effective collective action and connect communities with partners and funders. Ultimately, this support transitions to a sustainable locally-led system for collaborative problem solving that is supported by a network of partners.
What Sets Legado Apart?
Legacy as a Call to Action
“Legado” means legacy in Portuguese and Spanish, and legacy is foundational to our work. Legacy is not just something left behind, but something we all create every day. This simple concept acts as a call to action at a time when our planet and its people need it most.
Thriving Futures as the goal
Iterative and responsive programming
In many of the places where we work, women, despite being known for their adaptive knowledge and experience to step up to challenges and create sustainable solutions, often lack a place at the table to influence decision-making.
The Thriving Futures model focuses specifically on empowering women in IPLCs by:
- Increasing female representation in leadership and decision-making
- Providing women-only spaces for voices to be heard
- Catalyzing individual women to lead through coaching support
“”I was asked to be on a school committee but declined because I did not have the courage or confidence to serve as a leader. But after the Thriving Futures training, I reconsidered and am now a committee member making decisions for the school.”