The Norwegian Human Rights Fund

30 years of direct support to human rights defenders


#WPS: Creating connections: empowering rural women in human rights leadership

Women-led organizations often work to empower women to utilize their leadership skills, knowledge, and the power they possess as changemakers to claim their human rights and to build stronger communities.

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#WPS: Gender equality work is peacebuilding

Women, in all their diversities, are peacebuilders. They are present and actively working for equality and peace before, during, and after conflict.

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Celebrating the Beijing Declaration and UNSC Resolution 1325

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The NHRF is proud to support so many women peacebuilders and human rights defenders who are working to realize these visions of gender equality!

Protecting and promoting human rights under COVID-19

While the NHRF's recent grantee survey demonstrates that human rights defenders and organizations have been severely impacted by COVID-19, the results also clearly show that organizations have adapted innovatively and creatively, and are still efficiently implementing initiatives. Read more about the results below.

NHRF's grantee survey

Our work in Colombia

*Call for proposals in Colombia: Between 9th and 29thOctober, the NHRF is receiving applications from Colombian civil society organizations. Read the call for proposals (en español).*

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is glad to announce that our office in Colombia is up and running! The NHRF has been increasing its support to civil society organizations in Colombia through a new donor agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá. In the spring of 2020, the NHRF Colombia Office opened, which has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building.

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Theory of Change

The NHRF has been working to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of our work and that of our grantee partners and consulting with our local consultants, grantee partners, and others to develop our new and first-ever theory of change (ToC). After this process, we’re excited to launch our theory of change and its narrative component. The theory of change will guide our work as a partner and grantmaker by informing the support we provide to human rights work to achieve the defined outcomes and overall goal. It is a living document that represents our theory of how change is created and driven forward. It articulates expected outcomes and their preconditions that, together, form pathways of change that lead to the overall goal. We understand these processes to be non-linear, interconnected, interdependent, mutually reinforcing, and occurring simultaneously or separately.

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