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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… Read more

June 25, 2012


Contributed by Javiera Manuela Rulli and Reto Sonderegger via Peter Kostishack, Director of Programs, Global Greengrants Fund (English translation Lilian Joensen, Grupo de Reflexión Rural) Friday night June 22, 2012 – Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has just been removed from office by Congress through political impeachment, an express trial that lasted only 24 hours. This… Read more

June 18, 2012

Rocky Road to Gender Equality in Latin America

By Erika Guevara-Rosas, Director of the Americas at Global Fund for Women

Originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus, May 30, 2012. The increased participation of women in traditional politics in Latin America has made headlines for several years now. Last month, The New York Times published an analysis of the 2012 Women in Politics Survey of UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa…. Read more

June 7, 2012

Human rights reports highlight impunity, violence in the region – The Seattle International Foundation

Originally published on the Seattle International Foundation’s blog on June 6, 2012 – On May 17th, The U.S. Department of State released its 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The reports highlight widespread corruption and violence throughout Latin America, and include statistics on the frightening levels of impunity and sexual and gender based violence… Read more

May 21, 2012

The Learning Visit to the Arab Region from an Arab Perspective

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

Almost two weeks ago, a group of funders successfully concluded the “Funder Learning Visit to the Arab Region” (Tunis, May 8-10) organized by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Ariadne- European Human Rights Funders Network. The visit took place during a critical and historical time for the Arab region. Currently, at least one… Read more

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