Making a Difference: Capturing the Learning From The Atlantic Philanthropies Human Rights Program in Ireland

Making a Difference: Capturing the Learning From The Atlantic Philanthropies Human Rights Program in Ireland

Despite initial resistance, Atlantic Philanthropies' efforts to advance human rights in Ireland have had a lasting impact on protections for immigrants, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a report from the foundation finds. The report, Making a Difference: Capturing the Learning From The Atlantic Philanthropies Human Rights Program in Ireland (31 pages, PDF), examined the foundation's Human Rights and Reconciliation grants between 2004 and 2014 — a total of €30 million dedicated to building the core capacity and infrastructure of fourteen nongovernmental organizations in the country. According to the evaluation, the grants enabled the grantees to achieve several lasting impacts in terms of protecting, promoting, and expanding human rights — including securing new rights for children and LGBTQ people; improved police accountability; the amelioration of harsh prison conditions; and improved treatment for rape victims in the criminal justice system. And while certain areas such as reproductive rights saw only mixed progress, the report found that the issue of human rights has come to be treated more seriously in Irish public discourse as a result of its grantmaking.