It has become somewhat of a cliché in funding circles to assume that human rights progress can’t be measured using quantifiable data in the way that development aid can. The lack of ‘measurable’ progress is a genuine disincentive for funders who might otherwise be sympathetic to human rights. If success can’t be measured, the argument goes, it is by definition so intangible as to be meaningless. This section of our website, which is a collection of news stories from our grantees, refutes that argument by showing that human rights progress (and impediments to progress) can be judged by narratives as well as by measurements.
News verification is a common issue on the web. All our grantees have been rigorously assessed, and we pay particular attention to the veracity of their advocacy claims. We do not, however, independently verify the stories that grantees send in.