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Defending Civic SpaceIn-Person Gatherings

International Grants Operations Working Group (IGOWG) Fall 2017 Meeting

“Secure Grantmaking in Closing Spaces”

Hosted by American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Location: 45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY

IGOWG is a working group of the Human Rights Funders Network, a global network of over 1,500 grantmakers committed to advancing human rights through effective philanthropy. The working group focuses on solving operational issues relating to international and human rights grantmaking. All times are Eastern Time.

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Lunch Sponsored by AJWS

1:45 – 2:00 pm: General Business

2:00 – 3:00 pm: TechSoup Presentation: Improving Data Security on its Platform

TechSoup, a nonprofit that provides technological solutions to nearly a million funders and NGO’s worldwide, is looking to improve its digital security and that of the civil society organizations it serves. With governments closing civil society spaces around the world, TechSoup is exploring ways to improve data security, such as by moving its infrastructure to a blockchain-based data model (similar to the encryption behind bitcoin).  Sheila Warren, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel at TechSoup, will discuss these ideas with IGOWG members and solicit their input on whether such a model would be feasible and welcome by the sector. Remote IGOWG members are invited to attend via Zoom.

3:00 – 4:30 pm: Open Discussion on Security & Safety Issues

Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to the group on enhancing the physical and digital safety of their grantees, as well as ways to send secure communications and payments to grantees in closing civil spaces. Remote IGOWG members are invited to attend via Zoom.

4:30 pm: Networking Event