Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.
Partnerships with other human rights NGOs, as well as with government agencies are critical in project implementation. The strategy is necessary especially when collective actions need to be undertaken by the community residents to defend their rights and in order to project their issue to the general public. Also when working for policy and legislative reforms on the mining issue, it is important to be able to generate as many support as possible and to tap the expertise of other NGOs.
We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model
Like most HR NGOs in the Philippines, PhilRights heavily relies on external funding for its operations and maintenance, as well as the implementation of projects and activities consistent with its institutional mandate. The initiative on HR M&D in mining communities is financially support by Christian Aid, U.K., a longtime funding partner of PhilRights. Since the start of the project/initiative in 2008, Christian Aid has provided financial support to cover a percentage of the NGO's institutional maintenance operations, project staff salaries and activities like networking, meeting-consultations, trainings, publication, travel, equipment, etc.