Progress Report: Gender and ATI Study

We were pleased to receive a progress report from the Carter Center on the Gender and Access-to-Information study we’re sponsoring. As projected, the Carter Center selected Ghana for this study. And they’ve made good progress in preparing to investigate the information-access hurdles that may reduce economic empowerment of women there (and, likely, in other similar countries).

Here’s the summary paragraph from the report (the complete report is here).

Overall, in the first quarter of programming the Carter Center successfully entered into an agreement with a renowned local partner in Ghana; began development of the study to assess asymmetries/inequalities in the right of access to information; and raised awareness with key stakeholders in the US government, World Bank and UNWomen. In the next quarter, we anticipate completing the study design and applying the assessment in Ghana, reviewing the draft Ghana FOI law through a gendered-lens to identify potential discriminatory provisions, and to continue developing partnerships with leading international organizations.

Posted 5 years, 3 months ago at 1:21 am.

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Carter Center Study of Women’s Access to Information

The Carter Center is a multifaceted charity, but we support them because of their work on political freedom. When we approached them about funding a special project with them, the gave us a few choices that they thought might fit our mission and interests. We selected a study of women’s access to information, to be carried out in Africa. (Another possible study on post-conflict rule of law seemed very attractive to us, too.)

Here’s a brief Proposal describing this study, and indicating where the preliminary phase we’re funding fits in. We’ll post more information here when the study gets underway. At last report, it seemed likely that the study would take place in Ghana, but that hasn’t been determined for sure.

Posted 5 years, 9 months ago at 2:00 am.

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Habitat for Humanity (Zambia)

In 2009 (and again in 2010 and 2011), we made grants to Habitat for Humanity in the Denver, Colorado area, but we also provided funding for the construction of two houses in Zambia in each of those years.

These six houses are part of a special Habitat project called the Vulnerable Group Housing Project. The families involved typically include orphans or otherwise vulnerable children. Our particular families consist of grandmothers and their grandchildren living together after the deaths of the children’s parents. Often, but not always, this occurs because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In an area in which income is low anyway, families like these can easily find themselves homeless, or at least in unhealthy and unsafe housing. We like the Habitat for Humanity model for helping with this sort of situation, with its use of low-cost, safe housing designed to make effective use of locally-produced construction materials, largely volunteer labor, and a “sweat equity” contribution by the family.

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 5:33 am.

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