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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

November 6, 2012

Strategic Philanthropy in the Arab Region

By Emmanuel Otoo, Africa Program Officer at The Global Fund for Children

It was a great experience to network with other participants at the 2012 Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) Annual Meeting in Cairo and to learn from them while I shared my personal and professional experiences. The conference’s areas of focus included an issue of particular interest to me: strategic philanthropy in the Arab region, targeted at…

October 19, 2012

In Focus: Juvenile Life Without Parole – An Opportunity for Funders to Help Reform a Serious Human Rights Abuse

By Sue Simon, U.S. Human Rights Fund at Public Interest Projects

The United States is the only country in the world where life without parole sentences are imposed on children—some as young as 12 years old. Even though the death penalty was abolished in 2005 for youth convicted of a crime while under the age of 18, juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) ensures that thousands of…

September 27, 2012

Insights from the EDGE

By Azeen Salimi, Program Manager at Human Rights Funders Network

On Wednesday, September 5th to Friday, September 7th, I had the privilege of attending the Just Giving: Global Social Change Philanthropy conference in Berkeley, California. It was the first of the new funder network Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) Funders Alliance, which is the merger of Grantmakers Without Borders (Gw/oB) and Funders Network on…

August 15, 2012

Live Tweeting, Learning and Networking with the International Human Rights Funders Group

By Anne Lieberman, Program Associate for Asia at American Jewish World Service

Originally published on the AJWS Blog, Global Voices. A few weeks ago, I attended the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference with several other AJWS colleagues. My first time at IHRFG, I decided 2 furiously abbr., #hashtag & @mention for 2 days str8 (AKA Live Tweet) the sessions I attended in an effort to…

July 23, 2012

Human rights funders consider mobile media projects

By Amy Starlight Lawrence, Project Specialist at Knight Foundation

Originally published on the Knight Foundation Blog. Funders working to safeguard human rights have a wealth of opportunity in new mobile media tools. They got a glimpse of several of them recently in New York at the Paley Center during the annual meeting of the International Human Rights Funders Group. Andrew Puddephatt, of Global Partners & Associates set the stage…

July 6, 2012

Reporting from Guatemala

Originally published on the Frontline Defenders Blog, by Mary Lawlor – It was too raw to tell you about Yolanda Oqueli before now and though it’s very late, and we’re leaving at 4am in the morning, I must try now. Yolanda is a woman human rights defender in San Jose de Gulfo who is a…