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Closing Space for Civil Society / Grantmaking Practice / Human Rights Community

Human Rights Philanthropy When the Walls Come Down

This In Focus article was contributed by Jenna Capeci, Deputy Director for the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG). In the world of philanthropy, it’s easy to get a meeting but hard to get the unvarnished truth. For this reason, my favorite moments in my decade as a grantmaker were when the walls came down—when I … Continue reading

Responsible Data Forum for Human Rights Funders: Key Takeaways
Grantmaking Practice / Responsible Data & Digital Security

Responsible Data Forum for Human Rights Funders: Key Takeaways

In January 2016, the engine room and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) held a Responsible Data Forum for Human Rights Funders (RDF). This event also served as IHRFG’s institute, a one-day workshop for funders that runs prior to their conferences. Thirty participants from 26 different grantmaking institutions attended. Continue reading

Alliance-Building / Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Community

Beyond Convening and Coordinating – How can civil society be effective in countering restrictions on civic space?

Nilda Bullain of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law challenges organizations and networks to move beyond buzzwords to focus on identifying and strengthening effective strategies for countering restrictions on civic space. This article originally appeared on Disrupt&Innovate, a place for civil society professionals and activists to discuss the sector’s future. The vicious spirit is out of the box.  By … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders

In the Name of Security: When Silencing Active Citizens Creates Even Greater Problems

In their article for Open Democracy, Iva Dobichina of Open Society Foundations and Poonam Joshi from the Fund for Global Human Rights discuss opportunities for civil society actors to use counterterrorism and development policies and processes to fight back against closing space. This article originally appeared on openGlobalRights, part of their ongoing debate on closing … Continue reading

Discussion & Debate / Grantmaking Practice

We need to talk about the P word

Originally appearing in the Daily Maverick, Nicolette Naylor, Regional Representative for the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, talks philanthropy, power, and lessons for peer funders. As I attend yet another celebration of a “fabulous” year where we all did such “excellent” work in saving lives and doing good, I feel mildly suffocated by all the … Continue reading

Environment / Human Rights Defenders / Indigenous Peoples

Berta Lives in All of Us: Tribute to Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres

On March 3, Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores – Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader of the Lenca people – was killed in her home. Berta’s death sparked immediate and wide reaction among many IHRFG members. She was more than a grantee; she was an inspiration and friend. As leader of the movement working to block … Continue reading