Event for funders: Small places close to home

Towards a Human Rights Funding Agenda for Scotland

Thursday 12 November 2020 (10am-3pm via Zoom)

Corra has been working with Making Rights Real, Human Rights Consortium Scotland, Scottish Human Rights Commission and Professor Alan Miller (Co-chair of the Human Rights Taskforce) to support a conversation among funders.

This has shown a strong appetite to learn more about human rights, with funders keen to continue developing their thinking and consider their role in supporting human rights work.

Join in the conversation on Thursday 12 November 2020 (10am-3pm via Zoom)

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Please join us on 12 November to:

  • Learn more about the context for human rights in Scotland, what is distinct and how this connects with the wider UK and globally.
  • Consider how independent funders engage with the human rights agenda and the potential impact of investment in human rights work.
  • Explore how the funding landscape can be developed in Scotland as part of the foundations of ‘building forward better’.


SESSION ONE: Setting the Context for Human Rights in Scotland
A webinar highlighting the trajectory for human rights in Scotland, including the UK and international context
Time Programme Who
10:00 – 10.05 Welcome and purpose of event Fiona Duncan, Corra Foundation
10:10 – 10:15 Scottish Government endorsement Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities
10:15 – 10:30 The Human Rights Framework in Scotland… Scotland in a global context Professor Alan Miller, Independent Co-Chair of Human Rights Taskforce
10:30 – 10:50 Question time with panellists
10:50 – 10:55 Roundup and invitation to informal coffee break Fiona Duncan
SESSION TWO: Small Places Close to Home: The impact of human rights funding
An interactive session exploring the impact of human rights funding for communities and rights holders.
Time Programme Who
11:30 – 11.35 Welcome and purpose of session Judith Robertson, Chair of Scottish Human Rights Commission
11:35 – 11:55 Lightening sparks from practice (5 mins inputs)
Small Places Close to Home:

Independent funding for human rights work

Linking grassroots to strategic (Lessons from Leith, Amplifier of action – e.g. housing sector) / Making Rights Real

PPR Model and impact of work

Mhairi Snowden, Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Clare MacGillivray, Making Rights Real

Dessie Donnelly, PPR (Participation and the Practice of Rights)
11:55 – 12:00 Questions to panelists
12:00 – 12:25 Break out discussion:

How might these examples fit with funders’ programmes / strategies?

Any opportunities / challenges emerging from funders’ dialogue?
Breakouts – facilitator in each group (max 5 people per breakout)
12:25 – 12:30 Roundup and invitation to informal break Judith Robertson
SESSION THREE: Funding Human Rights Work: Lessons from Funders
An interactive session exploring a roadmap for human rights funding in Scotland.
Time Programme Who
13:30 – 13.35 Welcome and purpose of session Fiona Duncan
13:35 – 14.05
Lightening sparks from practice (5 mins inputs)

The Barings journey

Impact of a national human rights fund – example of Northern Ireland

David Sampson, Baring Foundation

Martin O’Brien, Social Change Initiative
14.05 – 14.50 Discussion:

Questions and reflections

14:50 – 15:00 Roundup of Session Three, next steps and thanks Fiona Duncan