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Earth Rights Institute is dedicated to securing a culture of peace and justice by establishing dynamic worldwide networks of persons of goodwill and special skill, promoting policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources, and building ecological communities.

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Our organization has numerous partnerships and colleagues around the world. Our financial reports are solely for the funds we receive in the USA. Our office representing Earth Rights Institute Africa located in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, has its own funding and accounting that doesn't reflect in our records.
2017, we established a formal partnership with the City of Cocody, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Our initiative will be funded by GEF, Green Climate Fund and UN Habitat. Funds will be divided and the majority will be funneled through the proper government channels under our supervision.
For further information, please contact Co-Executive Director Annie de la Bouillerie Goeke

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Co-Executive Director

Ms. Annie Goeke

co-Executive Director

Alanna Hartzok

Main address

1127 18th Street, Apt 4

Santa Monica, CA 90403 USA

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NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We believe that the threat of climate change is needing a boost even though billions of dollars for research of new sustainable tools are available. There is a gap between these innovations of technologies and solutions being developed here to finding its way to Africa. Our purpose to close this gap and bridge through collaboration an exchange between academics, students and entrepreneurs in this field with others working in Africa on sustainability. We are designing a Climate Change Living Lab to foster partnerships and include faculty, students, and innovators to work together to create best practices and solutions to assist in the implementation and adaptation of sustainability in this part of the world. As we all share a common commitment to address this urgent crisis, ERI sees there is an urgent call for us to bring Africa into the global network and to lessen the innovation gap to prevent global calamity.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Action Plan for Africa

In cooperation with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, ERI's Professor Toure (head of ERI West Africa's office) is working directly with the Ministries and, Abidjan District Mayors to create the first West African eco-city. This city will be fueled by clean green energy and use carbon sequestration projects to reduce CO2 emissions by 28% by 2030.

To achieve this objective (which is an integral part of the strategic plans and priority objectives of the Ivorian Government), the United Nations and the African Union - in tandem with ERI - are targeting the City of Cocody in Abidjan to be the pilot city for building and implementing an Eco-City initiative, entitled "Cocody Cité Verte, Carbon well of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and Africa. This Program is being funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

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Advocacy goes hand in hand with education. How do we advocate policy implementation? Earth Rights advocates policy implementation and movement building through educational initiatives, lobbying and outreach activities. We have designed an online course and certificate training program where registered individuals and groups can learn the basics of land value capture and land tools. Our course promotes the recommendation of the United Nations Habitat II Agenda and the Vancouver Action Plan to promote the public revenue policy of Land Value Capture as a means of implementing Local Agenda 21 sustainable community plans, meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and providing much needed community services in developing nations. This program was developed under the direction of Earth Rights Institute with funding from the Global Land Tool Network, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, and the International Union for Land Value Taxation. For more information on this course visit Earth Rights Institute Land Value Capture Course.
Earth Rights Institute is actively pressuring legislators and governments worldwide to adopt a land value capture economic policy by establishing a significant presence with internationally recognized political committees, institutions and legislative assemblies, most prominently the United African Congress and the United Nations. Our Co-director, Alana Hartzok, is a United Nations ECOSOC NGO Representative for the International Union for Land Value Taxation and promotes the implementation of the land value capture principles advocated by Earth Rights Institute. Earth Rights Institute outreach spans three continents. We are engaged in informing the public about land value capture as a revenue policy as well as the need for re-envisioning current development models in order to end abject poverty and environmental degradation, and to promote peaceful conflict resolution.
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This is an innovative course using powerful tools and processes that prepare you to be
a leader of sustainable development in the global community. Through this course you can build your leadership skills and enhance your knowledge of the global sustainable development movement. This course provides a unique learning opportunity that includes virtual observation of a group of indigenous entrepreneurs applying our Holistic Action Planning for Innovation (HAPI) methodology.
This process draws upon multiple proven tools such as Human Centered Design, Productive Thinking, and Strategic Planning to generate sustainable solutions to become a change maker.

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The Network for Ecovillage Emergence and Development in the Sahel (REDES, its French acronym) is a grassroots community association dedicated to developing a mutual support network of ecovillages in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa. REDES was founded in 2015 by Dr. Ousmane Pame, the former mayor of Guédé-Chantier and current president of the Global Ecovillage Network Africa. The village of Guédé-Chantier had been operated under ecovillage principles since 2007, and has since become the nucleus of REDES’ network. Since its founding, REDES has not only expanded (currently 141 villages across Senegal and Mauritania, and counting!). it now also includes collaborators and supporters from around the globe.

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Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Earth Rights Institute's (ERI) goals are to empower impoverished communities in managing and directing their own local development, bridge the divide between academic research in sustainable development and action in the field, build a culture of peace by promoting cross-cultural collaboration and encouraging appreciation for cultural diversity, and advance solutions to crucial global issues in global development and create awareness by supporting solidarity across the globe.

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world's poorest communities.Through initiatives in education, research and advocacy we act to end wide-scale poverty worldwide, secure a culture of peace and reverse environmental degradation. We insist on the importance of empowering communities of the global south to manage and direct their own development, conceiving strategies and cultivating expert knowledge at the local level. Instead of training experts in methods and theories originating in a foreign context, models for local development should be taught in a local context. Ultimately, theoretical and practical study of improving the lives of people must be anchored locally. Earth Rights Institute advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally.

Earth Rights Institute values its connection with its affiliating organizations in order to affect locally sustainable change. Partner organizations include the SMILE Project in Laos, Servicing Wildflower International in Sierra Leone, We Need To Talk Project, Shining A Light Theatre, Association of California's Commission on Women as part of the ERI Fiscal Sponsorship Program, Seeds for a Future in the Guatemalan town of Chocolá, ERI's Ivory Coast and Liberia Sustainable Development Project, Imagìtlan, and many others.

ERI is also a United Nations NGO affiliate for ECOSOC, UN Habitat, UNCSD, and UN Finance and Development.

Long term relationships developed with the global sustainable development communities to engage local leaders in our programs by partnering and collaborating with the grassroots. Providing the mechanisms to create the connections with international agencies and local communities. Experience working directly on the ground and building a reputation of being a trusted organization.

We have offices in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire under the directorship of Dr. Dramane Toure Nable, Guatemala City under the directorship of Zachary Towne-Smith, and a center in Yoff, Senegal called the Earth Rights Ecovillage Institute. We have programs and partners in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, Laos, Comoros Islands, and California.



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Board of directors
as of 12/08/2020
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Board chair

Alanna Hartzok

Diane Perlman

Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Judy Yetter

Professional Coach

Norie Huddle

Garden of Paradise

Melissa Burns

International Development Economist

Gina Smallwood


Tamara Muruetagoiena

Great Mountain Forest Inc

Quisia Gonzalez

International Union for Taxation

Marta Benavides

International Institute for Cooperation Amongst Peoples

Rob Wheeler


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes