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Funding reporting of gender-based crime, refugee rights

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Berlin, 26.08.2019, 21:15 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Jochen Raffelberg Bericht 5372x gelesen

Berlin [ENA] Ending 31 August investigative journalism and human rights organizations reporting on gender-based violence, rights of minorities, migrants and refugees can submit applications for funding. The Digital Whistleblowing Fund (DWF) will furnish selected organizations with a micro-grant of up to EUR3,000 as well as IT and advisory services to support the startup of the Digital Whistleblowing Initiative.

DWF launched by the partner organizations Hermes Center for Transparency, Digital Human Rights and Renewable Freedom Foundation and supported by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, provides support to a secure digital whistleblowing initiative, as part of their social mission. Apart from the grant services provided include IT service platform setup, including configuration and customization assistance, training and strategic advisory service for the whistleblowing project design and setup. The grants will be paid according to three milestones: advanced payment after approval; public announcement of the digital whistleblowing initiative; final payment after a report on lessons learned.

The theme of the first tender round was “anti-corruption activism” won by the following grantees: Transparency International Ireland, Lost in Europe; Transparency International France and Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). The selection process for each round is in the hands of a respective Jury depending on the theme. All Jury members can veto a proposal. Eligible organizations for the bid must be accepted by the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection, the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN), Transparency International (TI), the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting (OCCRP) or Code for All.

According to DWF whistleblowing is considered among the most effective and powerful means to expose and combat crime, corruption and public health threats and has been endorsed and supported by major international organizations and the human rights, anti-corruption, workers’ rights, access to information, and freedom of speech communities. In particular, digital whistleblowing is being increasingly used to fight corruption, defend human rights and the environment as well as for watchdog initiatives such as investigative journalism groups and independent media. Because DWF regards digital whistleblowing as an effective advocacy tool, it seeks to strengthen it in a sustainable effort.

The selection committee includes J. Bob Alotta, a Filmmaker that has lead the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an LGBTQI rights foundation; Shaista Aziz, a former BBC reporter and founder of the Everyday Bigotry Project and co-founder of the Women’s Advancement Hub, Pakistan and Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy; Tanya O'Carroll, co-founder and director of Amnesty Tech, a newly created program in Amnesty’s Research Directorate; Vanina Serra from Voice at Mama Cash, an organization supporting women, girls and trans people demanding the right to tell their stories in their own voices; and Victoria Petitjean of the Global Interfaith Network (GIN-SSOGIE) and formerly with the French LGBT organization, SOS homophobia.

DWF says in its application guide that ideal applications for this grant program include socially motivated and nonprofit organizations supporting investigative journalism and human rights projects and groups that have the potential for immediate impact and long-term sustainability. Preferred candidates also incorporate collaborative partnerships with other organizations and/or individuals whether internationally or in the applicant’s local social activism context, lead by a team with a heterogeneous mix of competences and approaches and with a defined plan complete with organizational scheme and flow chart.

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