Strengthening the Human Rights Field

In this Programme the Trust supports groups playing a foundational or potentially foundational role in the human rights field in our focusregions. We are particularly interested in organisations that collaborate widely, take innovative approaches to human rights work,and bring renewal to the field. We also support a number of regional and global groups that aim to build the capacity, technical expertise and sustainability of national organisations.

Human rights defenders are increasingly at risk in many countries of the world. Even some formally democratic countries have introduced laws restricting foreign funding and other measures aimed at undermining the role of civil society. In many countries, there is a new level of uncertainty, and often underlying threats of violence or arrest. Some of our grantees, working in difficult environments, have asked us not to publicise their work for security reasons. The Trust supports three additional grantees in this programme whose details cannot be shared on this website.