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February 19, 2014

Methods for Human Rights Grantmakers to “Measure” Systemic Change: A Focus on Complexity & Feminist-Based Approaches

By Ana María Enríquez, Senior Consultant at International Network of Women’s Funds

On January 27, 2014, sixty human rights grantmakers took part in a hands-on training institute on learning, monitoring and evaluation (LM&E) methods for ‘measuring’ systemic change. The institute prompted discussions on ‘what’, ‘if’, and ‘how’ systemic change may occur, and what philanthropic work may be more conducive to it, given that such work is about…

February 10, 2014

Hivos’ opening plenary at Human Rights Funders Conference

By Ireen Dubel, Senior Advisor on Women's Rights at Hivos

This piece originally appeared on Hivos’ website. On 28 and 29 January 2014, the annual International Human Rights Funders Conference was held in San Francisco. The conference brings together major, global funders of Human Rights work, including Hivos, to stimulate discussion and the possibility for joint standpoints on pressing human rights issues. This year Hivos…

February 6, 2014

In Focus: A Glimpse Inside IHRFG’s 2014 San Francisco Conference

By Imali Bandara, Program Assistant, International Human Rights at Wellspring Advisors LLC

As a first-time IHRFG attendee, I have to say that the 2014 San Francisco conference gave me the perfect introduction to a great community of human rights funders. The opening plenary, “When Rights Collide: Human Rights at Odds with Itself,” led to dynamic conversations in small groups. When asked what happens when rights come up…

January 16, 2014

In Focus: IHRFG at 20

By Sarah Tansey, Program Associate, Membership and Communications at Human Rights Funders Network

Happy new year, and happy anniversary! The International Human Rights Funders Group turns 20 in 2014. My own tenure with IHRFG has been comparatively brief. I joined the team in March 2013, after working with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in Washington, DC and then Project Vote Smart in Montana. Looking through IHRFG’s archives, I’m…

December 16, 2013

Strategic Implications of Dignity Revolutions for Western Donors

By Kawa Hassan, Knowledge Officer, Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia at Hivos

This article is an updated summary of Hivos’ briefing note Dignity Revolutions and Western Donors: Redefining Relevance. The Arab Spring was a “political Big Bang” that shocked and awed the world, including the revolutionaries themselves. These dignity revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are monumental, endogenous events with strategic implications for Western…

November 25, 2013

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…

November 7, 2013

In Focus: Storytelling and Social Change: How Stories Help Advance Human Rights

Contributed by Paul VanDeCarr, Managing Director, Working Narratives, and Brett Davidson, Director, Health Media Initiative, Open Society Foundations Public Health Program- The following excerpts are drawn from “Storytelling and Social Change: A Strategy Guide for Grantmakers,” written by Paul VanDeCarr for Working Narratives. Child soldiers in Burma. Elder abuse in the United States. Discrimination against…

October 17, 2013

In Focus: Communities of Care: Strategies for the Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya and Beyond

By Keely Tongate, Director of Programs at Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

This piece was originally published on openDemocracy’s Transformation blog. Luiza has seen many attempts to silence Chechen human rights activists. There was the car with tell-tale tinted windows and no number plates that tried to run over her sister after she gave a speech attacking Chechnya’s poor human rights record. The constant emergency trips to…

September 26, 2013

In Focus: The Importance of Civil Legal Aid to Human Rights Funders

By Mary E. McClymont, President at Public Welfare Foundation

“Most Americans don’t realize that you can have your home taken away, your children taken away and you can be a victim of domestic violence but you have no constitutional right to a lawyer to protect you.” That keen observation by Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the largest single donor in…

September 5, 2013

In Focus: The Cost of Defending Natural Resource Rights in the Philippines

Contributed by Hoa Duong, Program Officer for Southeast Asia, Fund for Global Human Rights, and Co-Chair, IHRFG/EDGE Asia and Pacific Funders Working Group- In the early morning of October 18, 2012, soldiers from the Philippine army fired indiscriminately into the farm hut owned by Daguil Capion, a B’laan tribal anti-mining activist who had led a…