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This is a space for HRFN to share member insights on topics related to human rights and grantmaking.

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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… Read more

February 21, 2013

In Focus: Grantmaking on the Frontlines of Human Rights and Democracy Struggles in Zimbabwe

By Briggs Bomba, Project Director at Zimbabwe Alliance

For more than a decade, Zimbabweans have been struggling for democracy, decent livelihoods and basic human rights against a political elite determined to hold on to power and privilege at all costs. Heroic activism and international solidarity has put the Zimbabwe regime on the back foot. However, as in the words of one activist, “The… Read more

February 14, 2013

Learnings from IHRFG’s Sri Lanka Telebriefing

By Ann Hoang, Community Manager at Asian Philanthropy Forum

Cross posted from the Asian Philanthropy Forum Last Thursday’s teleconference by the International Human Rights Funders Group and EDGE Funders Alliance on the state of Sri Lankan civil society painted a sobering picture of the critical needs still unmet there. While several issues were discussed, perhaps the most alarming for those of us working in… Read more

January 31, 2013

In Focus: Mapping and Analyzing Global Human Rights Grantmaking

By Christen Dobson, Program Manager, Policy & Research at Human Rights Funders Network

Can better data help human rights grantmakers to identify and address gaps and take note of opportunities for collaboration? Can a definitive look at the scope, diversity, and depth of global human rights funding help to promote more strategic and effective human rights grantmaking? Does the lack of a functional definition of human rights grantmaking… Read more

January 10, 2013

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…. Read more

December 21, 2012

In Focus: Metrics and Measurements: Time to Turn Evaluation on its Head

By Yeshica Weerasekera, Director, Program Partnerships at International Development Exchange (IDEX)

In funding rights-based social change, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes are essential to tracking the quality, impact, and progress of grantmaking against a grantmaker’s mission and strategic action plans. M&E processes offer an opportunity to slow down, appreciate those efforts that have thrived and note those that need to be reassessed. At the same time,… Read more

December 20, 2012

Announcing the Next Generation Climate Board: Supporting women, youth and indigenous people to turn global warming around

By Terry Odendahl, Executive Director at Global Greengrants Fund

Cross-posted from Latest from Alliance, the blog of Alliance Magazine Trucks shovelling sand from main streets; children wading through the sludge that used to be their living rooms – as I took in the reports from friends and news media on Hurricane Sandy, I realized the future is here. This is what I hear Sandy… Read more

December 6, 2012

Reflections from Johannesburg: Social Justice Philanthropy

By Dr. Elie Abouaoun, Executive Director at Arab Human Rights Fund

I attended a meeting convened by Trust Africa, the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) Working Group and the African Grantmakers Network, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the Arab Foundations Forum, in Johannesburg in October 2012. The conference explored a framework to develop and deepen work on social justice… Read more

November 29, 2012

In Focus: What Funders Need to Know About U.S. Counter-Terrorism Measures

Contributed by Shalini Nataraj, Vice President of Programs, Global Fund for Women and Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network – Many human rights grantmakers direct their funding to situations of armed conflict. It is in these settings where access to humanitarian aid is often restricted or denied, and human rights are invariably compromised. In… Read more

November 9, 2012

In Focus: Ending Impunity Through Proper Documentation

By James Logan, Program Officer, International Human Rights Programme at Oak Foundation

It can take many years for a society to move on from repression and violent conflict, and such transitions are never smooth. Documentation efforts can provide support to the transitional process however and whenever it happens. Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Programme works to end impunity for gross violations such as enforced disappearances, torture, sexual… Read more