A new funding source for human rights groups

People at a human rights protest. The Ford Foundation has launched an initiative to help fund human rights groups. Photo by: davidNallah / CC BY

The Ford Foundation has launched a grant-making initiative that aims to help human rights organization address the challenges of shifting geopolitical power and effects of technology, among others.

Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide is a five-year, $50 million initiative designed to bring more diverse voices into the global conversation on human rights. It seeks to support the development of the global programming of human rights organizations, particularly from the Global South.

In particular, the initiative expects to fund activities such as public interest litigation, community organizing and advocacy targeted at policy reform, networking and alliance-building, monitoring, documentation, and applied research. 

On July 18, the first recipients of grants under the initiative were announced: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development in Thailand, Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad in Colombia, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales in Argentina, Conectas Direitos Humanos in Brazil, Justiça Global in Brazil, Kenya Human Rights Commission in Kenya and Legal Resources Center in South Africa. These seven groups received $1 million each.

Applicationfor grants under the initiative is ongoing, with guidelines and additional information available on the Ford Foundation website. An important note: The initiative will not fund human rights organizations that advocate human rights education or stronger enforcement of human rights standards, and government or intergovernmental institutions.

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