KaSaMa 2012 – The Search For Innovative Human Rights Projects 2012
Addressing perennial human rights issues in the Philippines takes on a different twist as Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) begins anew the Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives.
First launched in 2009, KaSaMa is a funding initiative by international partners to support projects that provide a new take on addressing human rights issues in the Philippines. The first two rounds has seen more than 400 proposals submitted, with a total of 25 projects funded by the partners, amounting to almost 30 million pesos. Proposals were selected primarily based on the innovation and creativity of the project ideas.
KaSaMa is once again inviting all civil society organizations to submit innovative human rights proposals. This year, it is focused on funding projects that address the following themes/areas: extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, women and gender, indigenous peoples and other minorities, human trafficking, human rights-based disaster risk management, educating human rights defenders, media freedom, suffrage, security sector reform, judicial reform and disability rights.
KaSaMa is open to all registered private, non-profit, Filipino organizations based in the Philippines. Guidelines and applications forms, as well as information about the past KaSaMa projects, can be downloaded at http://www.kasama.ph. Entries can be written in English or Filipino. The screening will pay attention mainly on the innovative substance of the project and its contribution to improving the human rights situation. Linkages with the government sector such as LGU or Commission on Human Rights are highly encouraged. Selected proposals stand to get as much as Php 1 Million Pesos worth of project grant. Proposals can be submitted via email, courier mail, or personally handed to the secretariat. Deadline for submission of entries is on January 15, 2013.
The current round of KaSaMa has seen more international partners onboard: Australian Embassy, British Embassy, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, United States Embassy, The Asia Foundation, New Zealand Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Spanish Embassy, and the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.
KaSaMa 2012 is being implemented by a consortium secretariat composed of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, the Ateneo School of Government, and the Caucus of Development NGO Networks.
For inquiries, please contact the KaSaMa Secretariat at (02) 920-2920, (02) 426-6001 local 4644 or email at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.