But in too many places, marginalized communities are blocked from participating meaningfully in public life.
They face stigma, discrimination and violence.
This is true for many LGBTQI+ communities and people with disabilities around the world.
“I found NDI to be supportive and sensitive to the reality of our work and the context of our country. This is what made this project unique. NDI really wanted to look at how NDWA is working, how we can move to the next stage and improve the work we do.” — Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA), Namibia
“Before the ERA project, people knew Visibles as a group of people who worked together on their free time on the weekends. Because of our support from ERA, we were able to devote ourselves to this work full-time and actually establish ourselves as an organization.” — Visibles, Guatemala
“[The] application and management process for this grant actually helped us establish our internal processes. It was flexible and appropriate to what we needed at the moment.” — Anonymous grantee
“What we loved about this project is that we received direct support that we have never received from other donors. NDI staff spent hours helping us with our application and telling us about their programmatic tools and resources. This personal connection strengthened our ability to work together. They were sensitive to the realities we faced at the country level.” — Anonymous grantee
Strengthening democracy requires organized action to fight for fundamental rights and social justice.
That’s why NDI’s Equal Rights in Action Fund supports local activist organizations in every corner of the globe.
The Fund’s grantees promote and defend the human rights of LGBTQI+ communities and people with disabilities. These groups operate with limited resources amid challenging circumstances.
Our grants and technical assistance have supported
"The ERA Fund grant to Tbilisi Pride in Georgia led to a historic and unprecedented success in securing a commitment from 15 political parties to end hate speech and anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric. The flexible grant model empowered Tbilisi Pride to achieve this despite the challenging election environment and the pandemic."
— Teona Kupunia, Deputy Director, NDI Georgia
That’s why the ERA Fund’s small grants and technical assistance go a long way, helping to elevate their good work and struggle for inclusion.
In partnership, we help translate the demand for equal rights into action around the world.
These are some of the local organizations we support.
How We Support Our Grantees
Yes, we provide financial assistance, but we also provide technical skills and open new doors for our partners!
Expanded reach to more people in more places.
Central and Eastern Europe
15 total grantees in 9 countries
14 LGBTQI+ grantees
1 DPO grantee
17 total grantees in 9 countries
12 LGBTQI+ grantees
5 DPO grantees
21 total grantees in 14 countries
18 LGBTQI+ grantees
3 DPO grantees
Middle East and North Africa
9 total grantees in 6 countries
8 LGBTQI+ grantees
1 DPO grantee
Southern and East Africa
20 grantees in 13 countries
17 LGBTQI+ grantees
3 DPO grantees
Central and West Africa
13 total grantees in 6 countries
7 LGBTQI+ grantees
6 DPO grantees
Latin America and the Caribbean
26 total grantees in 16 countries
22 LGBTQI+ grantees
4 DPO grantee