Roundtable discussion on restrictions on foreign funding for civil society

This is an opportunity to join the timely and much-needed discussion on how to tackle restrictions to foreign funding, in order for donors and other stakeholders to be able to continue to provide essential support for civil society.

Date: November 17, 2017, 09.00 am - 11.30 am

Location: Fritt Ord,  Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

More and more countries are adopting restrictive and stigmatising laws and practices that cut off funding for civil society, especially human rights organisations and defenders. This has sadly proven effective – limiting civil society space and suppressing critical voices. These restrictions are now well known, but recommendations on how to continue working with civil society within countries that practice them are hard to come by.

The report "Funding Civil Society - How adaptable international donors can support organisations under increasing restriction”, which addresses these trends and measures to counter them, will be launched at the event. The report will be shared with participants before the event and presented by a panel of co-authors from Human Rights Houses. This will be the starting point to highlight how different institutions and actors relate to the current challenges and environment when it comes to supporting civil society and human rights actors under pressure. We hope for a fruitful discussion on best practices and to explore different ways to continue supporting civil society where it is direly needed.


SPEAKER: Shahla Ismayil, Chairperson, Women’s Association for Rational Development (Azerbaijan)
SPEAKER: Maria Dahle, Director, Human Rights House Foundation, (Norway)
SPEAKER: Ivan Novosel, Director of Programs, Human Rights House Zagreb (Croatia)
MODERATOR: Sandra Petersen, Executive Director, Norwegian Human Rights Fund, (Norway)


Please RSVP by Wednesday 15 November to 

The event is co-hosted by the Norwegian Human Rights Fund and Human Rights House Foundation.


17. November 2017 09:00 - 11:30