Humanity United

Building peace and advancing human freedom

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Our peacebuilding efforts are currently focused on robust in-country engagements and an ambitious global agenda to cultivate a permanent constituency for peace. To advance human freedom, we support international efforts that seek to end modern-day slavery. Learn more below.

Sudan
Liberia
Global Solutions
Modern Day Slavery
Sierra Leone is the second-poorest country in the world. This extreme poverty increases vulnerability, particularly for women and children. Children are often forced to work for little or no salary, performing hard physical labor such as breaking granite.

Sudan

Officials from the Joint Donor Office and the government of South Sudan. Humanity United’s grants and direct impact activities in Sudan help to foster a coordinated, comprehensive international approach to the country within the international political architecture.

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Africa’s largest country, Sudan, borders nine other states and greatly impacts the stability of its surrounding region. The country today faces what may be the most critical moment in its modern history. The prospects for peace—which has largely eluded the country since its independence in 1955—hinge on several key events and factors leading up to a national referendum in 2011 on independence for southern Sudan. Humanity United, which has been committed to peacebuilding efforts in Sudan since 2005, is focused on four areas of work that aim to ensure peace, stability, and justice in the country through 2011—and beyond.

This includes supporting efforts aimed at meaningful implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement—which ended decades of civil war between the north and south in Sudan. The agreement is a cornerstone of national stability. Additionally, our grants and direct impact activities help to foster a coordinated, comprehensive international approach to Sudan within the international political architecture, address necessary factors needed for a sustainable Darfur peace process, and empower local communities to prevent conflict in high-risk areas and amplify their voices within peace and civil society structures.

Liberia

A township commissioner in Montserrado County, Liberia. Strengthening government capacity, promoting good governance, and empowering rural areas with access to critical resources such as justice systems are among Humanity United’s grantmaking areas in the country.

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Liberia is in the midst of a profound political, economic, and social transformation. Africa’s oldest republic is today emerging from decades of civil war to become a beacon of hope and a model for successful development in West Africa. Humanity United has supported Liberia’s transformation since 2007, engaging in efforts aimed at helping to reduce the likelihood of a return to mass violence and to help build a successful democratic state.

Humanity United’s grantmaking and support to in-country programs are focused on strengthening government capacity and promoting good governance, empowering rural areas with access to judicial and other critical services, encouraging the development of a robust civil society network and independent media, and promoting job creation. Other efforts include encouraging collaboration and coordination between the various new and existing international donors in Liberia, and fostering the development of a conflict early-warning system in the country.

Global Solutions

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, center, arrives in the Netherlands for his war crimes trial before the Special Court of Sierra Leone, The Hague. Part of Humanity United’s Global Solutions work is strengthening critical institutions to discourage impunity.

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We believe that all of humanity is inextricably connected. That means we see Humanity United as part of a growing global movement that rejects the notion that violence and injustice are inevitable. Information and communication flows, financial exchanges, and transportation links that were once unimaginable now happen with unprecedented ease and speed. That means that the opportunities to expose injustice and to cultivate a truly global constituency for peace may never have been greater.

Humanity United’s commitment to encouraging catalytic change on a global scale focuses on learning and engagement in three critical, interrelated areas. The first is building robust global public will in the form of grassroots and other social movements that have the potential to form a permanent constituency for peace. The second is strengthening critical regional and international institutions to discourage impunity, help prevent atrocities, and—when necessary—respond more effectively to outbreaks of mass violence when they occur. Finally, we encourage the development of promising global norms—such as the Responsibility to Protect—that one day could help redefine the international community’s attitudes toward peace and justice.

Modern-Day Slavery

A worker at a charcoal-producing farm on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Slavery has been reported on similar farms in the region. Humanity United’s work to advance human freedom includes engaging private business to help end slavery.

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At least 27 million men, women, and children are enslaved across the globe—more than at any time in human history. Modern-day slavery manifests itself in many forms, from forced labor to sex trafficking, but each is alike in that it poses a severe threat to the future of human freedom. Sometimes hidden in the dark corners of our globalized world and at other times occurring in plain sight, modern-day slavery and human trafficking are legal nowhere but present in every country across the globe. Humanity United’s work to advance human freedom seeks to reduce the prevalence of modern-day slavery by strengthening the global anti-slavery advocacy movement, engaging private business to become part of the solution to end slavery, and encouraging sustained U.S. government leadership on the issue at home and abroad.

Since 2007, Humanity United has convened the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), as part of our broad efforts to strengthen and foster coordination among the U.S.-based anti-slavery movement. Humanity United is also currently developing its understanding of slavery in the communities where the problem is most acute (mostly in Asia), working to identify meaningful solutions through direct engagement in those regions.

Humanity United's Focus Areas

We lead and support efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, engage markets and businesses as a force for change, and encourage the exploration of promising ideas and innovations to build peace and advance human freedom. Although our goals are broad, our strategic priorities focus most intently on finding solutions to the global challenges of mass atrocities and modern-day slavery. We seek to support the most credible, capable, and creative ideas, people, and organizations in our field by providing grants and, when necessary, technical assistance. We also leverage our resources to directly lead projects that advance human rights. Humanity United-led initiatives range from policy advocacy and opinion research, to conflict negotiations, issue campaigning, and organizing conferences, discussions, and dialogues. We work across the fields of public policy making, research, civil society, international justice, and advocacy to help these often disparate communities share information and ideas and collaborate in ways that amplify their impact.

Humanity United is part of The Omidyar Group. For more information about the Omidyars’ personal, professional and philanthropic interests, visit www.OmidyarGroup.com.