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This is a space for all members to share their insights on topics related to human rights and grantmaking.

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May 14, 2012

Raising Awareness about Corporate Power and the Supreme Court

By Hilda Vega at Libra Foundation

Back on February 28th, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell, which for the first time placed before the court the question of corporate accountability for internationally recognized human rights abuses.  The case involves allegations of Shell’s complicity in the torture and execution of members of the Ogoni Nine, who were… Read more

April 30, 2012

Defending Defenders: Providing Support to Grantees at Risk

By Jessica Wrenn and Rosalie Nezien at American Jewish World Service

Originally published on Re:Philanthropy! The Council on Foundations’ Blog on April 26, 2012. In mid-March, following the news that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a warlord from the DRC, had been convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), activists lauded the long-awaited verdict, calling on the ICC and the Congolese government to implement the… Read more

April 30, 2012

Investing in the Unseen Environmental Movement

By Peter Kostishack, Director of Programs at Global Greengrants Fund

Originally published on Re:Philanthropy! The Council on Foundations’ Blog on March 21, 2012. Roughly 80 percent of the coastal mangroves around the coastal Colombian town of Tumaco have been lost through deforestation, urban development, and contamination from frequent oil spills. The area is a hub for industrial storage and transportation of petroleum, and during most… Read more

April 30, 2012

Is it possible to shift philanthropy practice from the middle?

By Hilda Vega, Senior Advisor at Strategic Philanthropy

Originally published on Latest from Alliance Magazine on February 23, 2012. Last month I attended the International Human Rights Funders Group conference in San Francisco, which began with a day-long institute on cultural competency in grantmaking titled ‘What’s Power Got To Do With It?’. The training was facilitated by Vini Bhansali of IDEX and Akaya… Read more