The Fund is pleased to welcome funding requests of three types:
- Capacity building
- Core (operations support)
The Fund’s grantees include:
- A Law firm office whose main objective is to bring changes in legal policies and practices related to human rights issues and to advance the cause of marginalized groups in Lebanon.
- A refugee’s rights organization in Morocco that is providing legal aid to refugees and educating lawyers on the rights of refugees according to Interantional Laws.
- Labor rights observatory in Yemen that is training lawyers to monitor and document labor rights violations.
- A victim’s rights organization in Libya that is documenting the experience of victims of violence and terrorism.
- Youth rights organization that works on establishing units in university and college that aim to educate students on human rights principles.
- A Syrian human rights organization that is monitoring and documenting the violations against Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
- Human rights organization in Egypt that empowers women in defending and monitoring their right in workplace.
Our ongoing human rights grantmaking is designed to provide the much-needed long-term investment in human rights work across the Arab region. This funding stream supports work on the full range of human rights issues and methods; as well as work to build and enhance civil society’s human rights infrastructure, which includes funding for capacity-building, public education and awareness, and training programs.
While the Fund’s general policy is not to privilege any particular country or human right, it had to give special focus and attention to bourgeoning civil society actors in some of the Arab countries counties that have witnessed rapid changes in the past years. The Fund has provided technical and financial support to a number of initiatives from new nascent civil society groups in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunis and Yemen. In accordance with the Fund grantmaking strategy and in response to the critical situation in these countries , , the Fund will continue giving substantial attention and funding to support innovative and timely interventions of all kinds; however, the Fund actively seeks applications for work on:
- Ensuring participation of excluded communities in all efforts and initiatives (e.g., elections, political reform) to achieve democratic and sustainable transitions
- Documenting and reporting ongoing human rights violations
- Formulating rights-based policies that affirm government obligations to redress poverty and inequality and pursue sustainable development, and lay the groundwork for transitional justice
- Restructuring of government institutions (e.g., justice, education, police) based on international human rights standards and norms
- Monitoring the adherence of governments to human rights obligations in all functions (e.g., justice, education, health).
In all cases, the Arab Human Rights Fund looks for work that has strategic significance and carried out by those with a clear vision and plan of action, and the capacity to realize their objectives.