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August 20, 2013


Who defines “human rights”? This vibrant debate has found a new home: openGlobalRights, a multi-lingual initiative supported by the Ford Foundation, the University of Minnesota, and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. openGlobalRights offers a broad forum for “challenging discussions about the future of global human rights.” The site will address…

July 23, 2013

In Focus: Native Voices Rising: Native-led Organizing in the United States through a Human Rights Framework

By Carly Hare, Executive Director at Native Americans in Philanthropy

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) have collaborated to create Native Voices Rising, a joint research and re-granting project intended to focus philanthropic attention on the need for increased investment in grassroots community organizing and advocacy in and by American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Native Voices Rising recently…

June 19, 2013

IHRFG Holds up a Map that is a Mirror

By Kate Kroeger, Executive Director at Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

I have always loved maps.  As a young girl, I would spend hours staring at the maps of the world hanging on the walls of my classrooms, absorbing the contours of each continent and the oceans in between.  The obsession has been a lasting one, staying with me as I have traveled to places near…

June 7, 2013

In Focus: The Rights of Afghan Women during the Transition Period: Cordaid’s Preliminary Research Findings

By Cornelieke Keizer, Interim Director of Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security at Cordaid

Cordaid, together with the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and the Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), commissioned a qualitative study to document the effects of Afghanistan’s political transition on women’s security and to serve as a tool for advocacy. In this article, I outline the preliminary results of the first round of interviews with Afghan…

May 17, 2013

In Focus: Leveraging Human Rights Standards to Fund Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By Tanya Khokhar, Program Analyst, Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights at Ford Foundation

With the unfolding of broad new developments around human rights standards in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) field, my colleagues at the Ford Foundation and I wanted to reflect on numerous opportunities we see at this critical juncture for human rights funders to strategically engage with these issues. Global legal recognition of…

May 8, 2013

Advancing Human Rights: A ‘Flip’ Chat With Mona Chun, Deputy Director, IHRFG

By Regina Mahone, Staff Writer, Philanthropy News Digest — Cross-posted from the Foundation Center‘s PhilanTopic blog- (The video below was recorded as part of the Foundation Center’s “Flip” chat series of conversations with thought leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. You can check out other videos in the series here, including a previous chat with Harish…

April 25, 2013

In Focus: Eyes on the Prize: Achieving Human Rights Through Movements, Networks and Citizen Power

Contributed by Tanya Dawkins, Global-Local Links Project & CarEth Foundation, and Shalini Nataraj, Global Fund for Women- Funders play a critical role in the increasingly urgent project of strengthening the capacity of global and local citizen movements to actively engage in the design and implementation of international instruments and standards. In particular, the coming three…

March 14, 2013

In Focus: Tackling Fracking Using a Human Rights Lens

By Lauren Davis, Program Associate at 11th Hour Project

It didn’t take long to realize that hydraulic fracturing might have some serious impacts on the environment. The practice, also known as “fracking,” is a process used for extracting oil or gas that has made it easier to reach previously inaccessible deposits of shale gas. A recent explosion in fracking has expanded across 30 states…

March 5, 2013

Benchmarking Global Human Rights Grantmaking

By Christen Dobson, Programme Manager for Policy and Research at IHRFG, and Steven Lawrence, Director of Research at the Foundation Center – Cross-posted from Latest from Alliance, the blog of Alliance Magazine Can better data on global human rights funding help human rights grantmakers to collectively identify and address gaps and to promote more strategic…