Local Funding for Human Rights

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The sub-debate theme of articles explores the strategies that human rights groups around the world are exploring or could possibly explore to obtain local sources of support for their activities.


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What we can learn from feminists who fund themselves

January 15, 2019
By: Tenzin Dolker
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Now more than ever, feminist organizations need to deepen the search for autonomous resourcing models ...

Collaborating across movements to fill funding gaps for women in Nepal

March 27, 2018
By: Pratima Gurung

Groups in Nepal working at the intersections of different issues such as indigenous women with disabilities, ...

Building communities to boost local fundraising

July 27, 2017
By: Sadhana Shrestha
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Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising awareness of human rights ...

Fighting misconceptions and logistics to raise funds in Brazil

August 31, 2016
By: Ana Valéria Araújo & Maíra Junqueira 
Português | Español

Logistical issues and lack of awareness among Brazilians have created significant—but not insurmountable—obstacles ...

Cross-movement organizing in Mexico leads to new resources

June 21, 2016
By: Jenny Barry

Feminists and environmentalists are coming together in Mexico to form new partnerships with an emphasis ...

Migrants are driving innovative campaigns for female refugees in Germany

May 23, 2016
By: Claudia Bollwinkel

Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment.

Local funding is not just an option anymore—it’s an imperative

May 10, 2016
By: Jenny Hodgson

As local rights groups seek alternative funding sources, the closing space for civil society makes this ...

Building community around women’s rights: feminist philanthropy in Serbia

March 11, 2016
By: Zoe Gudovic

Becoming agents of change for women’s rights in Serbian society requires creativity in building connections ...

Rethinking progressive NGO funding in Israel

February 5, 2016
By: Hillel Ben-Sasson

Marked as traitors by the dominant Right for relying on foreign aid, Israeli liberal NGOs need a wider ...

Sustainability through direct dialogue: a Latin American success story

February 3, 2016
By: Mariela Puga & Luz Aquilante & Natalia Eberbach

Building a culture of giving in Latin America takes creativity, persistence and a willingness to invest ...

Getting creative with local resource mobilization in Hong Kong

January 20, 2016
By: Linda To

To get funding amidst intense non-profit competition in Hong Kong, human rights groups must get creative.

Insisting and resisting: women’s funds lead the way for local philanthropy

January 7, 2016
By: Lucía Carrasco Scherer & Christen Dobson
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Women’s funds are gaining increasing recognition at the local and international levels as leading agents ...

Mongolia’s economic crisis: an end to corporate social responsibility?

December 3, 2015
By: Bolor Legjeem

Despite an economic crisis, some Mongolian companies still respond to carefully constructed funding ...

Can celebrities and fashion magazines in Mexico really influence social change?

November 25, 2015
By: Jenny Barry

Partnering with celebrities and seeking visibility is key to mobilizing resources for the women’s movement ...

Do-It-Yourself-Aid: alternative funding sources for rights work?

April 21, 2015
By: Anne Meike Fetcher

Is “Do-It-Yourself-Aid” the answer to funding rights work? Anne-Meike Fechter describes this model, ...

An alternative to international aid

February 25, 2014
By: Nora Lester Murad
Español | עברית | العربية

Nora Lester Murad describes a new alternative to international aid and domestic charity for Palestine; ...

Exploring local possibilities for local rights

February 20, 2014
By: Okeoma Ibe

Designing and planning solutions to human rights problems from thousands of miles away often produces ...

To raise funds, Indian rights groups must emulate the country’s newest political party

January 28, 2014
By: Ajaz Ashraf

Donations by ordinary citizens to India’s newest political party, the AAP, prove that Indians can and ...