Project information

Global Advocacy Programme

Strengthen the voices of minorities & indigenous orgs. The advocacy campaigns to be implemented by partners will aim to tackle the poverty & discrimination faced by the communities they represent. In addition, bring about positive changes in laws, policies & practices nationally.

August 2009 - August 2012

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    While international and regional mechanism for the protection of minority rights such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights or the Forum on Minorities Issues exist, minority & indigenous communities, and the organizations representing them, which would most benefit from these mechanism have still too little knowledge of their existence and how to access them.


    MRG has designed a program of work which we believe will become instrumental in supporting minority activists from all over the work to acquire the necessary knowledge of international & regional mechanisms for the protection of minority rights they need in order to use them effectively to demand for an improvement of the lives of their communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Strengthen the voices of minority and indigenous organizations.


    » Support advocacy opportunities undertaken by trained activists, inputs into the UPR processes and attendance at relevant treaty body sessions.
    » Use the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities to draw attention to issues concerning minority communities worldwide.

    Success will be when more activists representing minority communities are able to carry out high quality national advocacy in 36 states and encourage positive changes in policies.

    Aim 2

    More activists are able to carry out advocacy in Africa, Asia, & Europe.


    » Online training to hundreds of activists and additional face to face “soft skills” training to more limited numbers of activists.
    » Carry out the third round of the online training course for activists from Asia, Africa and Europe.
    » Implement regional face to face trainings in Asia, Africa and Europe.
    » Support in-country projects to allow trainees to practice and implement some of the key skills and knowledge gained.

    Success will be when more activists representing Minority Communities are able to carry out high quality advocacy at fora in three regions (Africa, Asia, Europe).

    Aim 3

    More activists carry out high quality advocacy at relevant fora at the UN.


    » Holding the third UN training around the Minorities Forum and facilitating the attendance of community representatives to the Forum.

    Success will be when more activists representing Minority Communities are able to carry out high quality advocacy at relevant fora at the UN.

    Aim 4

    Increased networks/cooperation/coordination in campaigning at national & int’l levels on MR issues.


    » Encourage and facilitate networking between activists from the target regions, including the organizations of inter-regional study visits.

    Success will be when there is an increased networks/cooperation/ coordination in campaigning at both national and international levels on minority rights issues.

  • Impact


    Indicators of success include governments in 33 target states are more responsive to minority concerns and change legislation or policies to improve compliance with relevant international human rights standards. Additionally, an increased amount and quality of advocacy on behalf of minority communities nationally in 36 states and internationally in 3 regions and at the UN.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £189,399

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,000 Online Research Development implement, test, translate, launch
      £44,359 Regional Training Events 6 participatory regional training evets for 24 participants
      £75,000 Coalition Building Event To be held in 6 of the targeted countries
      £23,540 Annual Reports Produce 20 annual monitoring or shadow reports
      £27,500 Advocacy National Advocacy Campaigns

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £1,404,069 Guaranteed
  • Background


    36 Countries in Africa, Asia and Europe (excluding EU member state). Advocacy activities and staff based in Geneva, Switzerland. Advocacy activities in Strasbourg, France, Warsaw Poland. Advocacy activities in Gambia.


    Minority communities in 36 states, national governments in 33 states, also indirectly relevant staff, experts, commissioners and organs of the UN, the Council of Europe, OSCE and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and relevant Asian mechanisms.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Minority Rights Group Europe (Budapest, Hungary)

    MRG Europe will lead on the European components of this three region project. MRG Europe will also feed into the UN and global aspects of the project

    Minority Rights Group Uganda (Kampala, Uganda)

    MRG Africa will lead on the African components of this three region project.

    Council Of Europe

    The Council of Europe is ready to support the programme by sharing information and experience on Council of Europe standards pertaining to minorities.

    Office Of The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR)

    Support the programme with knowledge, experience, and contacts.