Latin America and the Caribbean


Small Island Developing States Leave No One Behind Integrated Policy

Leaving No One Behind, Building Resilience, and Improving Livelihoods of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ITPs) in Suriname

The Programme will seek to develop an integrated policy which is in alignment with the International Conventions, Treaties and Agreements on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples such as the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169), the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of 2007 (UNDRIP), and the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. This is all in line with the “Leave No One Behind” principle and contributes to the achievement and acceleration of SDGs 1, 2, 5, 16 and 17. While these will be the primary SDGs that the JP should impact, the interrelated nature of the SDGs means that all Goals will be influenced by the implementation of this Joint Programme. The National Policy and Regulatory Framework on Food and Nutrition Security at the national and community level will also be supported. This food and nutrition (agriculture) policy aspires to guarantee food security and food safety for all, to develop a sustainable agriculture sector and to increase agriculture's contribution to GDP and economic development.


This Joint Programme aims to address the multi-dimensional vulnerabilities of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname through an overarching, integrated policy framework aimed at improving the quality of life for ITPs and a series of small Integrated Rural Development Initiatives (focused on essential services and employment) to test these policy interventions in a participatory manner. The JP aims to develop an integrated policy that can safeguard equal development opportunities for ITPs including a good spreading of income distribution; accessible, vocational and affordable education; access to proper housing; resources and a lifestyle that promotes good and optimal health care; and better target identification from the social security system.

Direct Influence

Women, Children, Girls, Youth, Minorities (incl. ethnic, religious, linguistic), Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, Rural workers. Indirect Influence: Persons with disabilities, Elderly and Infirmed, Persons of African Descent (when understood as separate from minorities).

Quick facts

US $ 454,275

Total budget:
US $ 1,168,675

Total Funding:
US $ 714,400

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

National authorities: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation; Ministry of Regional Development and Sport; Ministry of Social Affairs and Public Housing. Civil society organizations: VIDS (Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname); KAMPOS (Collaboration of Tribal Peoples in Suriname consisting of the Kwinti, Aluku, Matawai, Paamaka, Okanisi and Saamaka); Medical Mission (Foundation Medical Mission Primary Health Care Suriname). 

4/1/22 - 3/31/24 (24 months)