Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent. The mutually reinforcing relationship between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights is central to the work which the NHRF supports. The focus on women’s participation, women’s rights and gender equality is integrated and prioritised in the NHRF’s work.
The NHRF supports local initiatives and actors who know the local structures and work where human rights violations take place, so called front line organisations. The NHRF prioritises projects where vulnerable and marginalised groups mobilise and take the lead in the struggle for their rights. In addition, the NHRF supports professional human rights actors’ work for the protection of the rights of vulnerable and marginalised individuals and groups through initiatives such as legal assistance, advocacy work, documentation, and rights education.
The NHRF’s funding scheme mainly involves the allocation of comparatively small grants to be utilised within a limited time frame. The NHRF has its own guidelines for grant allocation.
In order to contribute to the overall objective, the NHRF will support projects that:
- Work against impunity and for access to justice
- Work against discrimination and/or marginalisation of vulnerable individuals and groups
- Support to improved working conditions and security for human rights defenders at risk.
In the assessment of applications, the NHRF will prioritise projects using one or more of the following methods:
- Advocacy towards decision makers
- Access to justice
- Competence building which equips vulnerable groups to make better use of existing legal frameworks to defend their rights.
The NHRF does not support projects limited to general awareness-raising.
The NHRF will assess project applications from the following countries: Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Liberia, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The NHRF’s Board may adopt changes in the selection of priority countries during the strategy period.
The NHRF has developed a set of criteria for its selection of countries which emphasises: the human rights situation; opportunities for improvements through advocacy work and work for access to justice; the presence of competent organisations; and the need for the type of support which the NHRF can offer. Input from donors and owners are considered in the mapping of new countries, in addition to possible synergies with networks and owner organisations.
In order to spread information about the NHRF’s work and ensure the availability of relevant applications, the NHRF uses local consultants, owner organisations, networks, and resources persons.
Strategic priorities for selected countries are described in brief country strategies.
The NHRF supports organisations working for the protection of human rights defenders at risk, independently from the geographical priorities above. The NHRF’s strategy for support to human rights defenders at risk will be revised early in the strategy period. The NHRF does not give support to individual human rights defenders.
During the strategy period, the NHRF will further develop its cooperation with specialised actors within the field of protection and security, as well as assess the opportunities for closer cooperation with some of these in particular.
It is possible for the NHRF’s owners and donors to recommend project applications and organisations.