Ford Foundation announces global human rights initiatives
July 23, 2012
The Ford Foundation recently announced a round of $1 million grants for each of seven human rights groups as a way to kick off a new five-year initiative to support the global human rights movement. Ultimately, the foundation has committed $50 million to the initiative to support organizations that are in a place to make widespread impacts.
These first seven grant winners are groups from the Global South, including Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development from Bangkok, Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad in Bogota, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales from Buenos Aires, Conectas Direitos Humanos of Sao Paulo, Justica Global from Rio de Janeiro, Kenya Human Rights Commission of Nairobi and Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg.
"What today's grants recognize is how powerful the idea of human rights has become in every corner of the world, and how much growth there has been in recent years among rights organizations in the South," said Luis A. Ubinas, president of the foundation. "We need to bring those southern hemisphere voices into the global human rights dialogue."
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