In September of 1987, the National Assembly of Nicaragua enacted Law 28, the Autonomy Statute for the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The Statute reivindicates historical demands of the six indigenous peoples and ethnic communities of the Coast for inclusion and more effective participation in political, social and economic decision-making —including decisions on the management and exploitation of the region´s natural and environmental resources—; and calls for the respect and promotion of their own historical and cultural traditions.

In this context, the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) was constituted to mobilize wills and resources to consolidate and drive the autonomous experience.


  • Legal entity established on March 15, 1990 by Nicaragua National Assembly Decree No. 102. Legal Statutes approved and published in the official national journal La Gaceta, on May 29, 1992.
  • Formed by coastal and non coastal women and men with a proven record in developmental work in multiethnic and multicultural contexts who are committed to the the region´s development
  • Staffed by highly qualified professionals in the fields of social science, natural resources and the environment, information technology, and finance
  • Non government entity linking public workers, institutions and social networks who, in partnership with local communities and with the support of international aid agencies, strengthen and consolidate regional autonomy by promoting sustainable human development
  • Arena for building innovative development models that are more inclusive and respectful of the visions and organizational forms of the  indigenous peoples and ethnic communities of the region
  • Forum for debating and building consensus on political, social, and economic processes.