International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) New York Conference
Tuesday July 11
Wednesday July 12
Plenary Lightning Talks
Preaching Beyond the Choir: Engaging Faith Leaders on LGBTIQ Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa
Sponsored by Open Society Foundations
Sponsored by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Mama Cash, Urgent Action Fund, and Global Philanthropy Project
Supporting Movements in Difficult Places: Lessons Learned From Public Foundations
Sponsored by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Fund for Global Human Rights
Digital Security in an Age of Hacking & Cyberthreats:
What grantmakers should know
A webinar for funders
Thursday, 8 June, 2017
6pm CET • Noon EST • 9am PST • 90 minutes
Non-profit organizations are increasingly grappling with the threat of cyberattacks– and turning to their funders for support. For most grantmakers, however, cybersecurity is not an area of expertise. Reflecting the universality of the cybersecurity threat, eight donor affinity groups offer this webinar focused on how funders can support grantees in addressing and responding to digital security concerns.
Michael Brennan, Technology Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, will offer an overview of the recent Grantscraft guide on this subject. Meerim Ilyas, Senior Program Officer at Urgent Action Fund for Women and Eric Sears, Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation, will each share experiences and lessons learned integrating cybersecurity concerns into their grantmaking.
Content will include:
- A debrief: Digital Security & Grantscraft Guide: An introductory guide for funders.
- Lessons learned and strategies pursued by a donor that has recently invested in digital security as an area of concern for his/her grantees.
- Discussion of the strategies and infrastructure already built and in use, particularly as related to grantmaking focused on the Global South, for rapid response/ emergency cybersecurity-related grantmaking.
Following these presentations and a general Q&A period, donors will have the opportunity to join more narrowly-focused breakout conversations via separate, but parallel, conference calls.
Co-Sponsored by: Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Global Philanthropy Project, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and International Human Rights Funders Group, and The Consultative Group for Biological Diversity.
Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), and Russia Freedom Fund invite you to join us for a timely webinar for grantmakers on the state of Chechnya and security trends in the region.
Wednesday, May 17th
10-11am EDT/ 4-5pm CEST / 5-6pm EAT / EEST 5-6pm
This webinar is intended for grantmakers only and will include Human Rights Watch Russia Program Director Tanya Lokshina, representatives of The Russian LGBT Network and the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program. These presenters will speak to the current situation and answer questions.
Read: Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Pogrom
New York Times Op Ed, May 3, 2017 by Ekaterina Sokirianskaiamay
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch and is based in Moscow. Having joined Human Rights Watch in January 2008, Lokshina authored several reports on egregious abuses in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus region and co-authored a report on violations of international humanitarian law during the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia. Her recent publications include a range of materials on Russia’s vicious crackdown on critics of the government and on violations of international humanitarian law during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Lokshina is a recipient of the 2006 Andrei Sakharov Award, “Journalism as an Act of Conscience.” Her articles on human rights issues have been featured in prominent Russian and foreign media outlets, including CNN, the Guardian, Le Monde, the Moscow Times, Novaya Gazeta, and the Washington Post. Lokshina’s books include Chechnya Inside Out and Imposition of a Fake Political Settlement in the Northern Caucasus. In 2014, her article on the abusive virtue campaign against women in Chechnya was published in Chechnya at War and Beyond (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series).
The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.
Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.
“Time to react” – Creating an enabling environment for civil society
International conference at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, 1 June 2017
Click here for formal conference website
(in German and English, scroll down for English)
Date: Thursday, 1 June 2017 , 2 pm – 7 pm, doors open at 1:30pm
Location: Library reading room at the Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), Berlin
Address: Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin
Hosts: Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation, German Federal Foreign Office
Languages: German/English with simultaneous interpreting
Please register by May 22 at: email@example.com
Members of the press please also register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: To attend this conference you have to register personally by email. For security reasons you need to bring your identity card or passport. Please allow sufficient time for the security check. Library doors open will open at 1:30 pm. Access is via the atrium at Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin.
Despite positive developments and stronger movements toward democracy in many countries, the opposite tendency is also evident on a global scale. Civil societies are under threat from actions taken not only by authoritarian but also by democratic governments.
“Before I knew what that ‘shrinking space’ was supposed to mean, our organization was affected“, says Henri Tiphagne, Director of People’s Watch in India. Many different types of action are restricting civil society. These include legally enacted legislation or administrative regulations that affect women’s rights groups, foundations, human rights organizations, and land rights and environmental protection work. They also include relatively new laws designed to protect national values or identities, which are used to criminalize vaguely defined unpopular political action. NGOs are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the registration requirements in many countries. New laws also make it harder to receive funding from abroad.
Organizations for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) have long faced registration challenges, especially in countries that criminalize homosexual acts. Russia´s new `anti-propaganda laws´ make any positive mention of homosexuality – even for health education – a punishable offense. Less well known internationally are anti-NGO laws such as those in Uganda or laws that seek to uphold “national dignity”. These especially affect LGBTI organizations which are frequently their primary target.
It is time to come together to develop counter-strategies that reflect and incorporate the special role of LGBTI organizations. This conference focuses on foreign policy, development cooperation, NGOs, and donors. The aim is to formulate questions and discuss possible solutions. What alliances, good examples, and ideas already exist that can help both foreign policy and development cooperation react to the shrinking space for civil society?
GPP in partnership with EVZ and Dreilinden
invite grantmakers to attend a breakfast meeting
Thursday June 1, 2017
LOCATION: Amici Am Gendarmenmarkt
RSVP for the breakfast is required and is now closed.
Contact email@example.com with any questions.
STUDY: The Impact of International Counter-terrorism on Civil Society Organisations
Understanding the role of the Financial Action Taskforce
April 2017, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service
On “shrinking space”: a framing paper
Transnational Institute (TNI), 07 April 2017
The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary
Meg Davis for Global Philanthropy Project, April 2016.
2:00 – 2:15 pm Welcome
Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, Federal Foreign Office
Axel Hochrein, Executive Board Member, Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation
2:15 – 3:00 pm Analysis and characteristics of the closing space
Introductory presentation: “Characteristics of the closing space”
Iva Dobichina, Open Society Foundation, London
Research presentation: ‟The Perfect Storm – The closing spaces for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary”
Matthew Hart, Global Philanthropy Project
3:00 – 4:45 pm Practical examples
Botswana: LEGABIBO wins court case on right to register
Monica Tabengwa (video message), Director of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI), on freedom of association
Russia: Anti-NGO legislation and its dimensions
Gulya Sultanowa, Side by Side St. Petersburg, on the LGBT Community as vanguard and victim
Eastern Europe and Central Asia: focus on Trans Rights
Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe (TGEU)
Uganda: Anti-NGO laws
Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera, Co-Founder FARUG Uganda, with a call to build alliances
4:45 – 5:30 pm Coffee break
5:30 – 7:00 pm Panel discussion: Where to go from here? How to respond without doing harm? Promising counter-strategies and alliances
Dr. Bärbel Kofler, German Federal Commissioner for Human Rights
Dr. Heike Kuhn, Head of Human Rights Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Barbara Unmüßig, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, President
Björn van Roozendaal, ILGA-Europe, Programmes Director
Moderator: Dr. Annette Weber, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Q&A, closing discussion
7:00 – 8:00 pm Reception with beverages and snacks
Strategies for Sustaining LGBTI Movements in Closing/Closed Space Countries
March 15th, 2017
10-11:00am EDT / 2-3pm GMT / 3-4pm CET / 5-6pm EAT
Note: Time change to EDT in US changes relationship to other time zones this week.
This webinar is intended for grantmakers only.
About the webinar
As part of the global phenomenon of closing space, we witness increased repression of civil societies and democratic spaces, manifesting in a wide range of trends from the rise of right-wing extremism to increased surveillance on NGOs, from restrictions on registration and banking to criminalization of fundraising. Social change and human rights movements are struggling to sustain their efforts and increase their impact, and in many cases funders are struggling to find ways to support them. These restrictions are provoking shifts in movement dynamics, sometimes compromising the autonomy of groups as they restructure in search of the means to receive funding. The same restrictions prevent foundations from maintaining their grantmaking programs and financial support to civil societies and donors are sometimes forced to withdraw their activities completely. In this context, intermediary/public foundations have largely managed to stay under the radar and employ various flexible and creative tools to sustain their funding to civil society organizations in countries with closed/closing spaces. This webinar will share examples of practical strategies used by some of these foundations to steadily move money in most restricted environments enabling the groundbreaking human rights and social change work to carry on.
In the most concrete of ways, how can funders move money into difficult places such as Russia, China, India, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Egypt and other countries with similar legal restrictions? This webinar will explore the practical tools that public/intermediary foundations use to move money into closing/closed space countries and how the changing formations of civil society funding are affecting dynamics and leadership within civil society itself. The webinar will create space for different types of funders to learn from each other, exchange strategies and think of creative ways for reaching human rights and social change actors in countries with closing/closed civil society spaces.
Deborah Doane is Director of the Funder’s Initiative for Civil Society, at Global Dialogue. She has over 20 years of experience in the NGO and campaigning sector, most recently as a consultant and writer. Previously, Deborah was Director of the World Development Movement from 2009 – 2013, where she led a winning campaign to end financial speculation in food commodities. Other roles have included as Head of Sustainable Consumption for WWF-UK, and director of the CORE Coalition of over 130 NGOs, which achieved groundbreaking changes to UK Company Law to improve governance of social and environmental impacts. She also worked at the New Economics Foundation as head of corporate accountability and at the British Red Cross, helping to establish an international accountability mechanism for humanitarian aid.
Deborah is a Trustee of Finance Uncovered. Previously, she was a Trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation, an advisor to Amnesty Business Group on business and human rights and was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) corporate responsibility advisory board. Deborah holds a Masters degree in Economics (Development Studies) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) from Carleton University in Canada. She lectures and speaks regularly, and blogs for the Guardian on civil society and development issues.
As Vice President for Programs for the Fund for Global Human Rights, David Mattingly is responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of human rights grant-making in six regions around the world. Since joining the Fund in 2005, David has managed grants programs for frontline groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored the human rights situation in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, David worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights in Guatemala, environmental justice, and women’s rights and reproductive health. David serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Wanja Muguongo is a queer African feminist, social justice activist and movement builder. She is the founding Executive Director of UHAI EASHRI, Africa’s first indigenous activist led fund supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) and sex worker activism in Eastern Africa with flexible and accessible funding, capacity support, research and platforms of learning. Wanja is passionate about work that promotes social justice, equality, non-discrimination and a respect for human rights. Wanja has worked within East African civil society, and in India and Pakistan, has edited and collaborated on various publications and papers, and is a Yale World Fellow 2012 and Synergos Senior Fellow 2014.
- The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary. GPP, July 2016.
- Resourcing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues in civil society Matthew Hart, Global Philanthropy Project and Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Published in the Civicus 2016 State of Civil Society Report, June 2016.
- Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A practical starting point for funders Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, May 2016.
- Landscape analysis of LGBTI and sex worker organising in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi UHAI EASHRI, 2015.
- Closing Space and Fragility. Fragility Study Group Policy Brief No.5, October 2016
- Civicus Monitor: Tracking Civic Space Worldwide. (CIVICUS Findings Report, October 2016)
- LGBTI Civil Society Organizations Around the Globe: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Global Trends in NGO Law, Volume 7, Issue 2 (May 2016).
- Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A Practical Starting Point for Funders. Published by Ariadne (the European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights), the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), and the European Foundation Centre (EFC), February 2016.
- 2016 Ariadne Forecast Ariadne: European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, January 2016.
- Heat Map: Funders’ Initiative on Closing Space for Civil Society Published by Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, The International Human Rights Funders Group, The European Foundation Centre. Visualisation by Foundation Center, 2015.
- Responding to the Closing of Democratic Space. Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2015.
- “That’s When I Realized I Was Nobody”: A Climate of Fear for LGBT People in Kazakhstan Published by Human Rights Watch, July 2015.
- Aid Barriers and the Rise of Philanthropic Protectionism. International Journal of Not for Profit Law / vol. 17, no.1, March 2015.
- Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2014.
- Protecting Civic Space and the Right to Access Resources A Community of Democracies project funded by Sweden, 2014
Joint Teleconference: LGBTIQ and Children’s Rights Internationally
28 February 2017
9:30-10:30am EST/3:30 – 4:30pm CST/4:30-5:30pm SAST
Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG) and Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) are co-sponsoring a discussion on international LGBTIQ and children and youth’s rights on 28 February. This teleconference will explore the role of funders in supporting sexual and gender self-determination of children and youth. By partnering, ECFG (a funders group focused on children facing adversity) and GPP (a funders group focused on international LGBTIQ issues) will draw on respective members’ interests, areas of expertise, and strengths to have a discussion on how funders can put LGBTIQ children and youth on the international agenda.
ECFG and GPP have invited Ise Bosch, founder and CEO of the German foundation Dreilinden gGmbH, and the author of the research, “Skirt? Nope, not for me!” Sexual and Gender Self-Determination for Children and Youth in Alternative Care to discuss key highlights from the 8th Rainbow Philanthropy Conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany on 18 November 2016. The conference, which was organized by Dreilinden and SOS–Kinderdörfer Germany, focused on sexual and gender self-determination of children youth in Europe and the Global South. The conference placed particular focus on LGBTIQ children and adolescents without parental care, which are particularly vulnerable when alternative care placements fails to support them. The meeting brought together NGOs (German and international), foundations and representatives of the German Foreign Ministry. Click here for more information regarding the meeting as well as conference outcome report visit.
On the joint teleconference, Ms. Bosch will review the report findings and will be available for questions.
Moreover, the teleconference will be an opportunity for ECFG and GPP members to discuss the ways that they are currently funding this this population, or are interested in supporting in the future. The discussion will also focus on the opportunities, challenges and possible next steps for collaboration action.
Web-Ex Link and Call-in Information
Meeting Number:192 788 325
Password: The meeting does not require a password
If you are unable to join via the Internet, we have set up a Call-in Number (Audio Connection): USA TOLL, +1 415 655 0001. Access code: 192 788 325
If you are interested in learning more about this issue, below please find a list of publications and on-line initiatives:
- Dreilinden and SOS Children Village Germany, “Skirt? Nope, not for me!” Sexual and Gender Self-Determination for Children and Youth in Alternative Care Settings
- German Institute for Human Rights and Dreilinden, “Just Head-Banging Won’t Work” How State Donors Can Further Human Rights of LGBTI in Development Cooperation and What LGBTI Think about it
- PLAN, Strengthening Support to LGBTIQ Adolescents
- LGBTQ Youth in the US Foster Care System: http://www.hrc.org/resources/lgbt-youth-in-the-foster-care-system
- Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in the Foster Care System (Los Angeles, USA)
- Recruitment, assessment, support and supervision of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender foster carers (UK)
- Google’s #prideforeveryone initiative (in the settings the video has subtitles in 43 languages to choose from)
- Dan Savage’s It Gets Better initiative http://www.itgetsbetter.org/