Promoting Human Rights and Justice from the Perspective of the Global South

As the economic and political clout of new and emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil grow, locally grounded institutions in the Global South are joining efforts to ensure human rights, promote justice, and combat impunity.

Associação Direitos Humanos em Rede (Conectas) is a non-governmental not-for-profit in São Paulo, Brazil. Its mission is to promote human rights and the rule of law in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

This project aims to strengthen and expand on Conectas' influence and reach, and elevate the institution's capacity. Since its founding in 2001, Conectas is now ready to position itself as a global leader that can effectively respond to the changing global context.

IDRC's support will enable Conectas to engage in research that informs and influences policy, to communicate its work to those that need it most, and to build lasting capacity in the Global South.

IDRC is well placed to support Conectas, levering the tools developed by its Think Tank Initiative, which is dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions or "think tanks" in developing countries. These tools will help guide IDRC's Governance, Security, and Justice program to strengthen the credibility and relevance of Conectas as an important independent organization on issues of human rights and justice in developing countries

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

End Date

Saturday, August 1, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 589,300


Brazil, China, India, South America, West Indies


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Marcos Fuchs


Associação Direitos Humanos em Rede

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