Thursday, April 8, 2010

Update on Human Rights Innovation Fund (HRIF)

I'm pleased to provide you with an update on the Human Rights Innovation Fund (HRIF). As you know, the purpose of the HRIF is to provide those interested in promoting and defending human rights with direct access to funding to support new, innovative and creative initiatives which will have impact in Australia.

The Committee was delighted to receive eight proposals for projects in the first funding round of 2010. It was a competitive field of diverse projects and two proposals were selected for funding receiving a total of $15,000:

1. We are pleased to partner with Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), whose focus is on changing the attitudes and behaviours of non-Indigenous Australians so that the rights and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respected and affirmed across all sections of society. This project, supported by AIA’s HRIF grant, will produce a print publication and web site content titled “Success Stories: Aboriginal Communities in Control”, recognising Indigenous community-led initiatives in the Northern Territory across a range of areas

2. We are also pleased to support the launch of the Australian Corporate Accountability Network (ACAN), Australia’s first multi-disciplinary network of civil society organisations who pledge to work collaboratively on a wide range of projects that encourage greater corporate accountability for human rights abuses. Launching ACAN will be a significant ‘shot in the arm’ for the existing calls for Australia’s Federal government to meet its due diligence obligation to protect those people who are vulnerable to Australian corporate abuses, particularly by providing greater access to justice for victims.

If you know of an individual or organisation interested in applying for funds, please visit our web site for the guidelines and application form at:

There are 4 funding rounds each year – the next closes 31st May 2010.


Kaye Blackman
Director Governance and Infrastructure
Amnesty International Australia

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