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Defenders in Development Policy Grants

Organisation: The Coalition for Human Rights in Development

Status: Open

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression

Funding Size: $5,000

Deadline: Ongoing

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Not specified
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Countries in the Global South
  • Application language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian

The Defenders in Development (DID) campaign will be awarding eight small grants to support groups from the Global South.

They will be carrying out work to prevent and address risks human rights defenders face, when raising their voices about projects financed by development banks. 

In addition to the financial support, the Campaign is also ready to offer technical support and guidance on research and advocacy on reprisals related to activities supported by development banks.

The grants will support projects which align with the goals of the DID campaign, including but not limited to the following:

  • supporting human rights defenders in conducting advocacy with development banks on their reprisal-related concerns, pushing development banks to have better policies and practices to prevent and respond to reprisals; 
  • supporting advocacy actions and campaigns to hold development banks accountable to their commitments on reprisals;
  • supporting human rights defenders in researching and documenting reprisals against defenders in the context of development projects;
  • supporting human rights defenders in researching and documenting the bank’s lack of due diligence on reprisal risks in the context of their projects.

See here to learn more and apply.

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