[Press Release] The Call for Proposals under KaSaMa 2012: The Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives continues until January 15, 2013

The Call for Proposals under KaSaMa 2012: The Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives continues until January 15, 2013

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First launched in 2009, KaSaMa is a funding initiative by international partners to support innovative human rights projects the address perennial human rights issues. A total of 25 projects worth a total of 29 million pesos have already been funded since 2009. Proposals were selected primarily based on the innovativeness/creativeness of the projects.

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/rights: 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, disability rights and Mindanao peace.

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. Linkage with the government sector such as LGU or the Commission on Human Rights is 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 proposals is on January 15, 2013.
This round of KaSaMa is in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, the Australian Embassy, British Embassy, Embassy of Canada through its Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, United States Embassy, The Asia Foundations (TAF), New Zealand Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Spanish Embassy, and the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.

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The third round of the Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) had its Public Launch last December 5th. The event was graced by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Loretta Ann P Rosales, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) Undersecretary Severo Catura and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez. Also in attendance were various human rights organizations and the international partners of KaSaMa 2012, including the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In her keynote address during the KaSaMa 2012 Public Launch, CHR Chairperson Rosales presented the Philippine human rights situation. She made reference to the recent universal periodic review (UPR) of the local human rights situation with the United Nations Human Rights Committee where the Philippines got fair marks but also acknowledged areas that need improvement. She focused on positive developments but also recognized on-going violations such as cases of harassment of women, media and indigenous peoples. She also highlighted challenges confronting the commission with regard to perennial human rights violations observed in different sectors such as children, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTs, and human rights defenders. She also shared CHR’s plan to set up human rights centers in all levels of political subdivisions, from barangay up to provincial levels. And in this program she called all stakeholders to help strengthen the human rights institution.

PHRC USec. Catura echoed Chair Rosales’ report that the government is doing its part in responding to human rights issues through openly working with civil society groups, pursuant to President Aquino’s “Social Contract.” He also recognized the independent efforts of CSOs that contribute to government planning. “Civil society has been deemed by the government as a crucial identity in the overall campaign in realizing good and effective governance,” said USec. Catura.

Finally, DILG Usec Fernandez called out to CSOs to help DILG scale up its work in responding to housing rights issues brought about by natural disasters. He recognized that addressing housing rights is a main priority especially with the new DILG Secretary Mar Roxas appointed. But more than that, one effective way for civil society to help is to work with their respective local governments, according to him. Civil society can help the DILG in making sure that LGUs become responsive to relevant issues like informal settlers.
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KaSaMa 2013 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 info@kasama.ph.

Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) 2012:
The Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiatives

Press Release

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