What we do

The Trust runs three grant-making programmes:

Human Rights and the Rule of Law

The broad themes of this programme are:

  • Human rights and the rule of law
  • Justice and accountability for international crimes
  • Memorialization and reparation for victims of human rights abuses
  • Torture prevention, and justice and rehabilitation for victims of torture
  • Oversight and humane conditions in places of detention

Open Societies

The broad theme of this programme are:

  • Freedom of expression and independent public interest media
  • Freedom of association and civic participation
  • Exposing corruption and undue influence by governments, business and private actors
  • Cohesive communities and creative expression


The broad themes of this programme are:

  • The regulation and reduction of harmful chemicals and pollution
  • Protecting biodiversity in environmental planning
  • Regulating harmful impacts of business and development projects

Other grant making

In addition our Chair’s Fund and Trustees Small Grants support the Trust’s wider philanthropic remit.

Our programmes

Where we work

The Trust is active in a number of regions. It has a particular interest in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, North Africa and South Africa.