In light of the global trends of closing civic space and rising authoritarianism, funders must chart out new strategies for supporting human rights movements in this challenging environment.
Our New York 2017 Conference will address the following questions:
- What are the causes of right-wing populism and nationalism? What tactics do authoritarian regimes use (such as fake news, revisionist histories, and attacks on pluralism), how do these tactics work, and how can they be resisted?
- How are funders and human rights organizations finding space to maneuver within an increasingly repressive environment? What lessons can be culled from funders, organizations, and movements operating in challenging contexts and how can they be applied to emerging situations? How can funders continue to move resources in the face of increased restrictions (and real or perceived risks)?
- What practices can funders use to support resilience and security among their grantees (including non-traditional philanthropic models)?
- How can grantmakers fund movements or groups that are not staffed NGOs or registered organizations? How can funders support transformative leadership?
- How can funders and human rights organizations break out of their silos? What lessons can be learnt from cross-movement initiatives or collaborations?
- What tools and strategies do movements use to coordinate advocacy, campaigns, and litigation for human rights? How can funders help expand the constituency for human rights through strategic communications and grassroots organizing?