Minga is a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable change for indigenous women and their communities throughout the Peruvian amazon since 1998.
Eliana Elías co-founded Minga Perú, an award-winning communications model for social change in the Peruvian Amazon. This model serves as the foundation for Minga's innovative and powerful strategic communications training program "FICE" which has been used to strengthen hundreds of social organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean involved in human rights, democracy, health, conservation and development. Ms. Elías and Minga’s work has been presented internationally on CNN and National Geographic, at the United Nations headquarters and in the International Reference Guide The Handbook of Global Health Communication, the International Peer-Reviewed Journal Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, the World Bank Report, Participatory Communication: A Practical Guide, the International Reference Media, Communication and Development: Three Approaches and the book Communication Innovations, A Journey with Ev Rogers, among others. Minga Peru was a finalist for the the “Human Rights in Latin America: Propelling Transformation” Award sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers. Ms. Elías was also the first international recipient of the “Triumph of the Spirit” award for her human rights defense work from the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University. She has been elected as a lifetime Ashoka Fellow in recognition of her innovative contributions to the public sector and Ashoka recently commended her for her outstanding support of Human Rights organizations in Venezuela. She is a member of the Avina Foundation’s Latin American Leadership Network.