Children and Youth / Latin America

How Funders Can Help Protect the Rights of Vulnerable Children from Central America

By making rapid-response grants to address immediate needs and investing in long-term programming to stabilize communities and build economies, philanthropists can help fill gaps left by governments. Contributed by Whitney Mayer, Senior Director, Consulting Services, Arabella Advisors Since October 2013, approximately 60,000 unaccompanied minors from all across Central America and Mexico have arrived at the … Continue reading

Capacity Building / Human Rights Community / Latin America / Women's Rights

In Focus: Mobilizing Resources for Human Rights in Latin America: How Funders and Grantees Can Work Together

Contributed by Tamara Pels-Idrobo Tapia, Programme Associate for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mama Cash; Antonia Orr, Former Head of Development, Semillas; and Semillas staff – Helping grantees build and expand their resource mobilization skills is essential to their long-term sustainability and to stronger social justice movements overall. In many Latin American countries, domestic resources … Continue reading

Grantmaking Practice / Latin America

In Focus: Human Rights, Foreign Aid, and Economic Growth in the Age of Obama

Contributed by Yael Falicov, Executive Director, and Nathan Weller, Program and Policy Director, EcoViva – As we head into another four years of the Obama administration, it is important for international funders who care about human rights to take a critical look at the state of U.S. foreign aid and whether it supports human rights. … Continue reading

Human Rights Defenders / Human Rights Issue / Latin America


Contributed by Javiera Manuela Rulli and Reto Sonderegger via Peter Kostishack, Director of Programs, Global Greengrants Fund (English translation Lilian Joensen, Grupo de Reflexi√≥n Rural) Friday night June 22, 2012 – Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has just been removed from office by Congress through political impeachment, an express trial that lasted only 24 hours. This … Continue reading

Human Rights Defenders / Human Rights Issue / Latin America / Women's Rights

Rocky Road to Gender Equality in Latin America

Originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus, May 30, 2012, by Erika Guevara-Rosas – ¬† The increased participation of women in traditional politics in Latin America has made headlines for several years now. Last month, The New York Times published an analysis of the 2012 Women in Politics Survey of UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary … Continue reading

Human Rights Defenders / Human Rights Issue / Latin America

Human rights reports highlight impunity, violence in the region – The Seattle International Foundation

Originally published on the Seattle International Foundation’s blog on June 6, 2012 – On May 17th, The U.S. Department of State released its 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The reports highlight widespread corruption and violence throughout Latin America, and include statistics on the frightening levels of impunity and sexual and gender based violence … Continue reading