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Civil Society Workshop, February 6: “Dollars and Dissent: Institutional Donor Support for Grassroots Organizing and Social Movement Building” with Ben Naimark-Rowse

The Civil Society Workshop will meet on Thursday, February 6 at 12:30 pm in the PoliSci thesis room (5200.07) for a discussion with

Benjamin R. Naimark-Rowse

Topol Fellow in Nonviolent Resistance,
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Dollars and Dissent: Institutional Donor Support for Grassroots Organizing and Social Movement Building

Hossam el-Hamalawy, Love and Revolution
Hossam el-Hamalawy, Love and Revolution الثورة والحب. Revolutionary Graffiti at Saleh Selim Street, the island of Zamalek, Cairo. Taken on October 23, 2011. https://flic.kr/p/ays7dw (CC BY-SA 2.0)

From 2011-2015, institutional donors gave only 3% of their human rights funding to support social change strategies that included grassroots organizing. Ten times as much human rights funding went to support strategies that involved advocacy, systems reform and implementation. Five times as much funding went to support strategies that involved capacity building and technical assistance. And three times as much funding went to support strategies that involved research and documentation. Why did such a small percentage of human rights funding go to support strategies that involve grassroots organizing? Why and how did some donors support grassroots organizing and nonviolent social movement building? Relying on newly collected survey data, in-depth interviews and a comparative case study, this research opens the black box of donor decision-making that leads donors to decide to support grassroots organizing and nonviolent social movement building, or not. It also offers donors actionable principles and practices for supporting nonviolent social movements and grassroots organizing.

Room: Political Science Thesis Room, room 5200.07

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