We deeply believe that human rights must have communities at their core, as communities are the experts on the issues that face them.
For too long, communities have been left out of the human rights response, being denied a voice when it is most crucial. To combat this, we provide sub-grants to the most marginalised communities, who are often denied access to other forms of financial and organisational assistance. We provide them with the resources and support they need to tackle human rights issues they are faced with, enabling them to take control of their experiences of human rights.
In addition to technical support, we strengthen their institutional capacity to be able to monitor and evaluate their progress and submit narrative and financial reports. Our goal is to ensure they can seek their own funding in the long term, allowing communities to become self-sufficient agents of change who can empower themselves and those around them for generations to come.
The sub-grants are a demonstration and pilot project to showcase the role and power of communities as central actors of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) follow-up phase to ensure national and local ownership of a Geneva process ('from Global to Local') and to guarantee a cooperative UPR implementation phase. Throughout the UPR implementation phase, empowered CSO coalitions guarantee the development of credible evidence to conduct evidence-based advocacy, engage in meaningful dialogues with relevant stakeholders, hold their government into account on its international human rights obligations and commitments, with the ultimate goal to improve the human rights situation on the ground.