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Data in Dialogue: Latin America

Author: Rachel Thomas

Human rights funding from funders included in our trends analysis dropped by 12% between 2011 and 2015 in Latin America, while most other regions saw increases. We asked three funders based in the region about the trends – specifically for Central America and Mexico.

Data in Dialogue: Children and Youth

Author: Rachel Thomas

Twenty percent of the human rights funding captured in our five-year trends analysis targets children and youth. This is considerably more funding than any other population we track receives, with the exception of women and girls (23%). However, advocates say the funding share is disproportionate to the amount of attention the human rights community gives children and youth.

Data in Dialogue: Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Rachel Thomas

Almost half of the human rights funding for Sub-Saharan Africa is awarded to organizations outside the region. Jeanne Elone of TrustAfrica is surprised and dismayed by this statistic: “It’s sad that the trend continues to be funding western-based organizations to do work in Africa.” Jeanne agrees international organizations can play a role in amplifying the struggles of African partners, but is concerned that 49% of the $1.2 billion dollars meant to benefit Sub-Saharan Africa went elsewhere between 2011 and 2015.

What Surprises Me about Human Rights Grantmaking

Author: Melinda Fine

When your job centers on helping funders assess needs, devise strategies, and manage and evaluate their grantmaking, you wish that every field would have a resource like Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking.

The World is Upside-Down. What are Human Rights Funders Doing to Turn it Over?

Author: Carla López C.

According to the research, Global South and East funders provided $63.5 million through 2,259 grants to 1,837 recipients working to protect and promote human rights in 2014. Many of these donors are women’s funds that have taken the lead in mobilizing local and international resources that wouldn’t otherwise reach grassroots groups in their countries and regions.

Funding the Frontlines: The Value of Supporting Grassroots Organizing

Author: Hilal Baykara

What I find most interesting in this research is the amount of funding allocated to grassroots organizing — a mere 2 percent. This statistic aligns with the findings of the Civicus study The State of Civil Society, 2015, which notes that NGOs receive only 1 percent of official development assistance.

Being Counted: Funding for People With Disabilities

Author: Diana Samarasan

Advancing Human Rights enables us to start conversations within the philanthropic sector - to find the people who are not counted, the voices that are not heard, and the stories between the lines.

Traveling Toward Greater Impact

Author: Julie Broome

That's exactly the value I see in the maps and analysis of human rights grantmaking created by the International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center. They, too, can help those of us in the field of human rights philanthropy establish where we are and think critically about where we are going.