Empowerment through...

Amplifying voices

We facilitate community input through our Field Hearings, gathering people’s ideas about their problems, potential solutions, and priorities for action. Then we amplify these voices nationally and internationally, and advocate for the changes they prioritize.

Empowerment through...

Strategic activism

We enhance political empowerment by working with communities to hold governments accountable. We also host global Action Groups – citizen empowerment collaborations on inequality-related issues such as land grabs or refugees & migrants.

Empowerment through...

Participatory economic enterprises

Economic empowerment is urgently needed alongside social and political empowerment. Our PARTICEN project goes beyond microfinance, working to facilitate community-initiated participatory, democratic, sustainable enterprises.

Modeling democratic governance

IfE’s participatory consultations and democratic governance are an empowering experience for our partners, especially those who live in undemocratic states. We are not a top-down organization: our decision-making starts with the priorities expressed by community members, and moves up through network-wide consultations, the project Steering Committees, and elected Boards of Advisors and Directors.

Read more

Our Impact

Global Network

IfE is building a network of members and partners around the world – in over 130 countries so far – and has held Field Hearings in 115 communities.

 Join the network!

Equity Treaty

IfE convened the first global civil society negotiated statement on inequality, and uses this ‘Equity Treaty’ around the world to push for a focus on equality.

Sign the Equity Treaty!

Monitoring & Accountability

IfE successfully proposed Goal 10 – reduce inequalities – as one of 17 global development goals. Now we are coordinating a citizen monitoring network to see that it happens.

Organize citizen monitoring in your community!

Climate Justice

IfE helped make inequalities a key part of the climate debate through our “Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice,” brought into the COP21 meetings in Paris 2015.

Sign the Call!

Action Groups

IfE is supporting Action Groups – global collaborations among activists working to overcome specific social, economic or political inequalities.

Join an Action Group!

Economic Development

IfE is promoting more sustainable and democratic economies by facilitating local discussions on community-initiated economic development.

Launch a discussion!

Current News

Go to Archives

IfE Endorses Demands by US-based Movement for Black Lives

IfE, a global network, has endorsed the statement of demands and priorities for change developed by the US-based Movement for Black Lives. The statement was developed collectively by a group of 27 organizations (the “United Front”) that participate in the Black Lives... read more

Inequality and Conflict in African Great Lakes Region

IfE’s partner organizations in Burundi, DR Congo and Uganda are building a citizens’ network to monitor threats to peace and human rights in the troubled African Great Lakes Region. Decades of poor governance, economic exploitation, ethnic strife and regional conflict... read more

Civil Society Groups Sign IfE’s Call for Climate Justice

Over 200 civil society groups from more than 50 countries around the world have now endorsed IfE’s “International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy.” (READ & SIGN). The Call focuses attention on the relationships... read more