From Libya to Nagorno-Karabakh: Resources and Calls to Action
Two weeks ago, Libya’s flood and Morocco’s earthquake claimed the lives of nearly 10,000 people. Hundreds of thousands more will be affected in the weeks and months to come.
At HRFN, we are tracking the responses. We are also paying attention to if and how philanthropy is addressing these crises and others from a coordinated and systemic approach.
While we applaud a number of responsive funding actions, we do not yet see regular coordinated responses or funding addressing the root causes of crisis. In our initiative, Better Preparedness: Funding Resilience, we aim to change this significantly. Join us.
We are also concerned that many crises remain outside the newscycle and outside of funding priorities, such as the Nagorno-Karabakh humanitarian crisis and Ethiopia’s Tigray War.
Most of all, we can’t ignore the lack of a philanthropic strategy that addresses the clear and increasingly destructive intersection of the climate crisis, inequality, and power. Libya is especially telling, where decades of extractive development and conflict have weakened infrastructure and hampered humanitarian response in the face of increasingly intense storms.
It is not a matter of climate funding or political will alone – though both are needed. There is no human rights issue that is or will remain untouched by the climate crisis. Human rights, feminist, and other social change funders must adopt climate strategies. And all funders must center movements and take seriously the long-lasting structural dimensions of inequality. As a community, we commit to bridging these conversations. More to come in the year ahead.
Read here important sources of support shared by our members.
Donate to our partners/members in Libya
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Information on Libya Floods
Donate to our partners/members in Morocco
- Fund for Global Human Rights: In response to the devastating earthquake in Morocco, the Fund is supporting local grantees with an emergency fundraising campaign.
- Global Fund for Women: Crisis Grants
They are providing crisis grants to partners in Morocco, Sudan, Afghanistan, and the DRC, ensuring they have resources in the aftermath of local catastrophes—immediately and also in the medium and long-term.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Information on Morocco Earthquakes
Learn about the Humanitarian Crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh
- CEECCNA Collaborative Fund and Women’s Fund Armenia
Following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) war in September 2020, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan remains unresolved, with ongoing attacks against Nagorno-Karabakh and the sovereign territories of Armenia. Since December 2022, the only road that connects Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh has been blockaded, leaving 120,000 ethnic Armenians in isolation from the rest of the world for more than 270 days now. The rapidly deteriorating situation resulted in massive threats to the human security of the population, particularly women, children, LGBTI people, individuals with different health conditions, people with disabilities, and other groups with disadvantaged backgrounds. The Women’s Fund Armenia and the CEECCNA Collaborative Fund are bringing attention to the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis and provide recommended actions for funders in their September Call to Action.
Read the Full statement and Call to Action here.