December 9, 2016 Over a two-day period in June 2007, flooding in Balochistan, Pakistan destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. This unprecedented flooding was a direct result of defective engineering in the Mirani Dam, built by the Pakistani government in 2001. Horrified by the events, Sharif Shambezi fought tirelessly to secure compensation […]
Shahzad Akbar, the Executive Director and founder of Foundation for Fundamental Rights Pakistan (FFR), was the first lawyer to challenge the US drone strikes in Pakistan and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of innocent families in the region. A corporate lawyer by training, Shahzad had spent most of his career working in close cooperation with the US authorities, working as a prosecutor at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and as a consultant for USAID projects in Pakistan. This all changed, however, when a drone strike victim walked though his door in 2010.
The global governance frameworks around counterterrorism and international development have framed the role, value and impact of civil society as a critical ally but also, more recently, as a threat. At best, donor governments have acknowledged civil society as a key partner in fostering development, peace and security. At worst, some aid recipient governments have sought to limit the role of development and human rights groups only to delivering public services, or they view civil society as an enabler for funding terrorist groups. Yet there are opportunities for civil society actors to use counterterrorism and development policies and processes to their advantage.
Karachi is a dangerous city for children living on the margins of society. 3,000 go missing every year, of whom more than 200 are physically or sexually abused. Kidnapped children can be forced into organized begging rings, domestic servitude, labor in shops and brick kilns, and prostitution. For a long time, few of those missing […]
The Fund supports nearly fifty organizations through its South Asia program in India. Working in such vast and complex contexts has required the Fund to build a strategy based on on-the-ground research and to support organizations that are working on the most cutting-edge issues. India faces several human rights challenges: corruption is entrenched, women’s rights […]
The Fund identifies organizations that are leading the charge for protection and enforcement of human rights, building on-the-ground demand for change, and feeding into global efforts to press for equality, justice and accountability. Here are a few of our grantees’ accomplishments from 2013.