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We work in areas where there are significant risks of mass atrocities but still opportunity for prevention.

We support local on-the-ground efforts with micro-grants through three programs:

  • The Atrocity Prevention Small Grants Fund invests in community-led initiatives to build more peaceful societies and prevent mass violence against innocent people. We currently provide these grants in our two countries of focus: Nigeria and Myanmar. For more information, please contact smallgrants@nexus-fund.org.
  • The Dangerous Speech Global Fund supports efforts to understand and counter hate speech that can catalyze mass violence in communities around the world - including in the United States.
  • The Civil Society Exchange Program gives front-line activists the opportunity to spend up to two months working in-person with other organizations around the world on prevention-focused joint projects, skills sharing, or research to increase their ability to be effective in their efforts.

Average Grant Size: $5,000

Countries Where We Have Supported Local Communities: 36

Civil Society Exchange Participants to date: 76


COUNTERING HATE SPEECH IN THE U.S.

Recent events have inspired us to expand our work on Dangerous Speech to the United States - particularly to counter hate speech against ethnic, religious and racial minorities, as well as women and the LGBTQ community. As we witness increased hate speech and violence unfold in America, we feel our unique knowledge and experience are valuable here in our own communities, and we are going to do everything we can to help.

We have been a leader in the nascent field of addressing Dangerous Speech since 2013, seeding and supporting local efforts in 17 countries on five continents. Given the recent alarming rise in Dangerous Speech in the United States, we began monitoring the escalation of hateful rhetoric. While this is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., Dangerous Speech has risen sharply and is becoming alarmingly pervasive.

We are committed to bringing our international efforts and learnings to facilitate community-based projects, trainings and resources for activists and organizations as they identify, test and implement locally-led solutions. Our goal is to reduce Dangerous Speech in the U.S. by ensuring efforts at all levels across the country are properly resourced, that all actors are basing their work on the best possible information, research and shared learning, and that critical connections are made between academia, practitioners, funders and other actors to ensure the most effective interventions to address Dangerous Speech. To learn more about our efforts in the U.S., please contact Arpitha Peteru at dsglobal@nexus-fund.org.


RESPONDING TO THE ROHINGYA CRISIS

The Rohingya of Myanmar are the largest group of stateless people in the world. They have been systematically persecuted by the Burmese government, military and Buddhist extremists for decades. Since August 25, 2017, the crimes being committed against the Rohingya have risen to alarming levels. The UN has said that this is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” To learn more about the recent violence, we recommend reading Human Rights Watch’s ongoing analysis.

Myanmar is one of Nexus’ Countries of Focus. We provide small grants, support for coordination and other resources to activists and organizations in Myanmar to prevent further mass atrocities against the Rohingya.

We refuse to simply watch another genocide unfold. As the situation is rapidly changing, we are sending emergency support to our vetted on-the-ground partners to address urgent needs. Some of these needs include: emergency supplies, including medicine, food and plastic sheeting for shelter from monsoons; phone credit for those stuck in conflict areas to communicate about military movements; projects to counter hateful and untrue social media posts that fuel anti-Rohingya attitudes and violence; and verified documentation of the atrocities being committed.

Unfortunately, the heroes working to support the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh right now must do so at great personal risk. Due to the sensitive nature of their work and for their protection, we do not publicly share the names of our partners and grantees.


For more information about this work, please email smallgrants@nexus-fund.org.

 

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