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

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

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders / IHRFG Events

Reflections from IHRFG’s Human Rights Lab on the Closing Space for Civil Society

IHRFG recently held its semi-annual conference in San Francisco, culminating in a Human Rights Lab where participants strategized and collaborated to respond to the closing space for civil society. Following the event, funders shared their reflections and lessons. Contributed by Caitlin Stanton, Urgent Action Fund – Sometimes, the closing of civil society space is quick … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders / IHRFG Events

Turning the Human Rights Lens on Ourselves: Rethinking Human Rights Grant-Making with a Grassroots Agenda

IHRFG recently held its semi-annual conference and institute in New York, where participants debated, critiqued, re-framed and re-claimed the rights-based approach and the human rights brand. Following the event, several funders shared their reflections and lessons. Click here to read more. By Obed Kabanda, One World Children’s Fund Advisory Council member, Founder and Executive Director … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / IHRFG Events

Combating Closing Civil Space: the Threat to International Diplomatic Institutions

This post originally appeared on Alliance Magazine’s blog. Space for civil society has been closing around the globe, with a noticeable rise in restrictive laws and pushback by state and non-state actors. In mid-June, Ariadne, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group convened a two-day workshop to develop strategies to counter … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / IHRFG Events

How can foundations confront the shrinking space for civil society?

This post originally appeared on Alliance Magazine’s blog. Space for civil society has been closing around the globe, with a noticeable rise in restrictive laws and pushback by state and non-state actors. In mid-June, Ariadne, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group convened a two-day workshop to develop strategies to counter … Continue reading