Still have questions? Send us a message with your question.

What is Earth Rights Institute?

Earth Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that 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. Learn more

Where are you located?

Our two main offices are in the United States. One on the East coast and one on the West coastSee more details 

How can I work, intern, or volunteer for ERI?

We have several opportunities for you to join our team.  Find out how to GET INVOLVED.

Can I use ERI's photo for my own use?

If you're interested in using any of our photos to help promote our work, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for permission or use the form on this page.

How best can I help support ERI?

We have several projects where donations can greatly help and we have petitions for various causes!  Share the info with your family and friends!

What countries does ERI have projects/programs or offices?

We have offices in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire under the directorship of Dr. Dramane Toure Nable and a center in Yoff, Senegal called the Earth Rights Ecovillage Institute.

We have programs and partners in Nigeria, DRC, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Ghana, and Haiti. We will be expanding our projects/programs to many more countries in the very near future.



How much do I have to donate?

There is no minimum amount. Donate as little or as much as you like. Use our donation form and pay with your PayPal account.  Don't have a PayPal account? We accept check or money order, which you may mail to our office. We gladly except donation of materials or your time. Find out more

Do I have to donate money?

No. We gladly except donation of materials or your time. Find out more

Can I donate to a specific cause or project?

Sure! When you make a donation, specify in your message which project you would like your donation to help.  Some projects have their own donation buttons.  Learn more about which projects your donation can help

How is my donation being used?

A general donation goes towards our mission and helps with organizing events, fund raisers, awareness programs and more. All donations to a specific cause or project are used for that purpose. You may request a status letter of how exactly your donation helped! Read more about making a donation.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes it is! We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. When you make a donation, you receive a receipt that you may use with your tax returns.



What is a Living Lab?

A Living Lab is a local-global collaboration providing space to  research and design innovative processes and solutions for community needs. It’s a highly participatory 'hands-on' and contextual environment for co-creation. READ MORE

Where do you have Living Labs?

Guatamala, Senegal, China and USA

What is HAPI?

HAPI is Holistic Action Planning Innovation methodology. You'll learn this in our Online Course

How can I learn the process of HAPI?

This methodology is taught in our Online Course



What is an ecovillage?

Ecovillages embody a way of living. They are grounded in the deep understanding that all things and all creatures are interconnected, and that our thoughts and actions have an impact on our environment. Find out more.

Where do you have ecovillages?

We have ecovillages in Africa, Central American and United states. Find out more.



How can ERI help my business or organization?

If you are a charitable organization that needs help in collecting funds, contact us and we can possibly assist your organization in collecting funds for you.  Read more

How can I become a partner with ERI?

Contact us using our CONTACT form letting us know about your company.  We will contact you and discuss the details. Read more details about being a partner.

How can we help ERI with a grant?

Contact us using our CONTACT form letting us know about your company.  We will contact you and discuss the details. Read more about our grants.




Read about our GOLD star status on GuideStar.


About Earth Rights Institute

The Earth is the birthright of all people

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

Read More




ERI Member of the IU