Jay Mistry

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom

Cobra impact – part 5

Why was it important to build capacity in Project Cobra?

October 31, 2018
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We all know the saying: “Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime”.

Our strategy in Project COBRA went beyond this. With our handbooks, it was Indigenous community researchers themselves that trained others, and these researchers have continued to do the training with support from Guyanese civil society organization.

In our fifth video, we asked: “Why was it important to build capacity in Project Cobra?”


In 2011, a partnership between Indigenous associations, academic institutions and civil society organisations launched Project COBRA. Its mission was to support Indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield of South America to identify, record and share their own solutions, and showcase these to the rest of the world.

In December 2016, Project COBRA’s researchers launched the Cobra Collective (www.cobracollective.org), a social enterprise for advancing the project’s achievements.

Two years after the end of Project COBRA, The Open University funded a team from the Cobra Collective to interview key individuals that participated in, and/or benefited from, its legacy.



QUICK DOWNLOAD: Check out the English version of the COBRA Handbook for Practitioners.