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Trends In Human Rights Funding Data at the Intersections: Advancing Environmental and Climate Justice Using a Human Rights Lens

May 23, 2018

Author: Meerim Ilyas, Amber Moulton, and Salote Soqo

In February, in San Francisco, a group of funders gathered for a day-long discussion of funding trends in human rights. The discussion offered opportunities for a deeper dive into funding shifts, what they mean and what we, as funders, can do to advocate for funding growth where it’s needed. Those of us who use a human rights framework to fund environmental and climate justice pondered over the data presented: What does it mean to fund an issue that is highly intersectional, not always defined as human rights-related, and heavily dependent on larger foundations?

Trends In Human Rights Funding Why International Human Rights Funders Still Have a Role to Play in Brazil

April 23, 2018

Author: Maíra Junqueira, Brazil Human Rights Fund

Data from the Advancing Human Rights initiative gives us at the Brazil Human Rights Fund a better understanding of where Brazil is situated in the context of global human rights philanthropy. This knowledge helps us to be more strategic in our work as we consider how to best support civil society organizations and develop domestic philanthropy to promote human rights in Brazil.

Trends In Human Rights Funding Are You Over or Under-Protecting Your Grants Data? 5 Ways to Balance Transparency and Data Protection in Sensitive Contexts

April 11, 2018

Author: Laia Griñó, Foundation Center

In a field where data can pose real risks, some might feel that this openness is ill-advised. Yet transparency and data protection need not be at odds. By operating from a framework of responsible data, funders can simultaneously protect the privacy and security of grantees and contribute to making the human rights field more transparent, accountable, and effective.

Trends In Human Rights Funding Where are the Gaps, Opportunities, and Challenges? Comparing funding trends from the women’s funds community

March 8, 2018

Author: Augusta Hagen-Dillon, Prospera

As a hub of women’s funds, one of Prospera’s roles is to identify the trends, opportunities, and challenges our members face in fundraising for and conducting their grantmaking. The Advancing Human Rights initiative offers a unique opportunity for us to learn about the state of human rights funding and place the work of women’s funds within this broader context. Prospera completed a parallel five-year trends report of women’s funds. With both of these tools in hand, we can deepen our understanding of the funding landscape and begin to address key questions that inform our collective work.

Trends In Human Rights Funding Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: Are the SDGs living up to their promise to leave no one behind?

February 15, 2018

Author: Anna Koob and Inga Ingulfsen, Foundation Center

Much has been made of the commitment to human rights principles reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals covering a range of social and economic issues to guide the global development agenda through 2030. But how does funding aligned with the SDGs overlap with funding that supporting human rights? And to what extent have human rights funders and advocates succeeded in leveraging the SDGs to mobilize support and resources?

Trends In Human Rights Funding A View From London: Three questions to answer from the Advancing Human Rights trends data

January 31, 2018

Author: David Sampson, The Baring Foundation

The Advancing Human Rights initiative is a welcome reminder that we have colleagues all over the world doing similar work. We know that what works in Buenos Aires may not work in Liverpool, but we can all learn from each other’s successes and challenges. Advancing Human Rights is a unique platform for understanding our combined decisions on strategy and funding flows; the release of new data always gives us pause to reflect on our work and our community of practice. The latest findings provided some surprising results and lots of food for thought. Here are my top three for Western Europe:

Trends In Human Rights Funding The Missing Piece of the Puzzle – Using Data to Improve Funding Practice

January 24, 2018

Author: Lorena Klos, Ariadne

As human rights foundations strive to solve complex societal issues around the world through their grantmaking, analyzing data might just be the missing piece of the puzzle in improving funding practices, at the both individual and collective levels. Data allow foundation staff and individual grantmakers to gain insight into what is working, where improvements are needed, and where they fit within the field of human rights philanthropy in order to produce a greater impact.