Our partners and funders
Our partnerships are collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships that are underpinned by the following principles:
- Our collaboration is an exchange of experience and a process of mutual learning. We provide expertise on international human rights and international mechanisms and our partners bring expertise on the domestic laws and context and knowledge of the applicant(s).
- Mutual respect and trust are fundamental to the way we work. We recognise and value the work and expertise of our partners, and acknowledge the limitations of our own knowledge and experience.
- We work flexibly, depending on need, to provide solidarity and a range of support to our partners who operate in challenging and repressive environments.
- We take a trauma-informed approach, ensuring that we understand and adapt to our partners’ needs and that we prioritise their safety and agency and that of the applicant.
- We are committed to working in an inclusive way, identifying any barriers to collaboration and adapting our approach as needed.
- We are transparent in our decision-making, and communicate our advice and reasoning clearly to our partners in order to ensure mutual accountability.
We are developing our engagement with smaller organisations at the regional and grassroots level to increase our access to marginalised and under-represented communities. At the same time, we continue to strengthen our existing partnerships to ensure that the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial and that our aims and priorities remain aligned, providing organisational, wellbeing and security support where needed. We recognise that the nature and needs of a partnership may evolve over time – we reflect regularly on our working relationships and adapt and improve our approach as required.
We receive support from a number of grant-making organisations and would like to thank the following for their kind and generous support.
Digital Freedom Fund
The Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) exists to support the digital rights community in Europe to advance and protect human rights in digital spaces and reduce the negative impact of technology in the world.
DFF supports Europe’s digital rights litigators and activists, enabling them to become more effective in their work. Through its grants, DFF supports the costs of strategic litigation, and of skills and knowledge-development, and networking, events. By equipping digital rights litigators to win more strategic digital rights cases, DFF seeks ultimately to contribute to a society in which technology and digital spaces are used justly and fairly so that all communities and individuals can fully enjoy their human rights.
East-West Management Institute
East-West Management Institute (EWMI) works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. EWMI is implementing a new five-year human rights and justice support programme funded by the USAID entitled Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) Activity. The purpose of PROLoG is to strengthen the justice system in Georgia to ensure due process, judicial independence, and the protection of human rights.
International Partnership for Human Rights
Based in Brussels, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) works closely with civil society groups from different countries to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. Together with partners, IPHR monitors, documents and reports on human rights developments in the former Soviet Union in light of international standards. They carry out advocacy to influence the policies and actions of international institutions on human rights issues and campaign to raise awareness of pressing human rights concerns among a broader international public.
National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
Open Society Foundation
The Open Society Foundation (OSF), a private operating and grant-making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSF implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSF works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.
Sigrid Rausing Trust
The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a philanthropic foundation based in Britain. It was set up in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing as a grant giving trust and is guided by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The funding categories are all human rights orientated and aim to form a coherent framework for the work of the Trust.