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Democratic and Accountable Government

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

My American Dream Score is 67. What’s yours?

Earlier this summer, the Ford Foundation launched an interactive tool called Your American Dream Score, which aims to help each of us examine the factors that have helped us succeed or held us back, and to start conversations about the role of inequality and opportunity in our lives.

Otto Saki

, Office of Southern Africa

How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help

Around the world, corporations are using Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to silence environmental activists. 

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

My message to graduates: With freedom comes responsibility

Darren Walker reflects on four of his commencement speeches, addressing how around the world, democracy and democratic values are under siege, and our responsibilities to protect democracy. 

Martin, Abregu, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

What strengthening human rights has to do with challenging inequality

The Ford Foundation will continue to be a major funder in this field, supporting human rights actors and practices within all our efforts to overcome inequality.

Noha, El-Mikawy, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Middle East and North Africa

An influx of refugees brings not only challenges, but opportunities

The global refugee crisis poses a range of challenges to host countries but also economic and cultural opportunities. Policy solutions that ensure refugees’ dignity and help build their skills, talents, and assets will ensure that migrants can live full lives and contribute to their new communities.

Ivana, Fertziger, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ximena Warnaars. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

Choosing water over gold: El Salvador bans metallic mining

El Salvador's Congress voted to prohibit metallic mining, putting aside their differences to protect human health and the environment.

Keaton Allen-Gessesse, SERI litigation volunteer and Harvard Public Service Venture Fellow

Keaton Allen-Gessesse, SERI litigation volunteer and Harvard Public Service Venture Fellow

Who owns the story of South Africa’s Marikana massacre?

Bringing the Truth Home tells the story of the 34 miners shot down in Marikana during their strike for a living wage in 2012, attempting to right the prevailing narrative. 

Hannah Meropol

Hannah Meropol, Tom Ford Fellow

After the global women’s marches, how do we turn a moment into a movement?

The power of the Women’s March can't be sustained without people coming together to resist the sources not only of their own oppression but also of each other’s.

Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

10 tech issues that will impact social justice in 2017

10 pressing tech issues that exist at the nexus of technology and social justice.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Our duty is to find hope in darkness

Darren Walker writes about finding hope amid the global challenges of 2016.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

"America Divided": Putting a spotlight on inequality

America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Libby, Wann. New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Elizabeth Wann, Program Assistant, Inclusive Economies

Domestic workers’ rights and voter suppression: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 5

Ford Foundation staff recap Episode 5 of America Divided and discuss domestic workers' rights and voter suppression

Mayra, Peters-Quintero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ethan, Fray, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Associate, Civic Engagement and Government

Money in politics, immigrant rights, and the opioid crisis: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 4

Ford Foundation staff recap episode 4 of America Divided and discuss the influence of big money in politics and protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants. 

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Segregation in housing and education, and moving forward in Flint: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 2

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 2 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminal justice reform, the Flint water crisis, and NYC housing: A recap of “America Divided,” episode 1

The first episode of America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores three issues of American inequality: our nation's broken criminal justice system, the Flint water crisis, and housing issues in New York City. 

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Ford’s new office in Bogotá: Q&A with director Javier Ciurlizza

Javier Ciurlizza, the Ford Foundation’s Andean Region representative, discusses the strategy behind the opening of a new regional headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, inequality in Colombia, the historic peace agreement, and what’s ahead for the region.

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Nueva oficina de la Fundación Ford en Bogotá: Entrevista con el director Javier Ciurlizza

El 5 de septiembre de 2016, la Fundación Ford abrirá una nueva oficina regional en Bogotá (Colombia), la cual se convertirá en la sede central de nuestras labores en la Región Andina. Javier Ciurlizza, director de la fundación para esta región, habla sobre la estrategia que motivó el traslado, así como la desigualdad en Colombia, el histórico acuerdo de paz y lo que le espera a la región en el futuro.

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Colombia and FARC peace agreement: Fighting inequality starts with a ceasefire

The ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas ends 50 years of conflict and creates an opportunity to make Colombia more safe, just, and equal.

Ethan, Fray, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Civic Engagement and Government

How to encourage better and more meaningful political participation in the US

A framework for achieving more meaningful and active voter participation. 

Stefan Norgaard

Stefan Norgaard, Stanford University Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy

Why we need to build just and inclusive cities

Just and inclusive cities put people first, and put equity and social justice at the center of policy and design.

Minna, Penttila. New York. 2016. Photo credit: Ford Foundation

Minna Penttila, Program Assistant, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Is brown the new white? A conversation about race, politics, and elections in America

America’s racial demographics are changing and there are major implications for elections and the political process.

Steve Phillips, Author, Brown is the New White

Tackling racial wealth inequality in America

Author Steve Phillips offers some bold ideas to address inequality and close America's racial wealth gap

Felipe, Aguero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Felipe Agüero, Former Program Officer

How more accurate census data can shape social justice in Colombia and Peru

Upcoming censuses in Colombia and Peru present opportunities for greater inclusion, for every person to count and be counted.

Felipe, Aguero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Felipe Agüero, Former Program Officer

Cómo una mayor precisión en los datos del censo puede configurar la justicia social en Colombia y Perú

Los próximos censos en Colombia y Perú presentan oportunidades para una mayor inclusión, para que cada persona cuente y sea contada. 

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

The crisis in Flint is about more than poisoned water

What Flint can learn from a new generation of civic activism and engagement among diverse Detroit communities.

Moushira, Elgeziri, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Clarisa, Bencomo, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

, Program Officer

Just cities are built on collaboration

How can lessons from gentrification around the world inspire change in Egypt?

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Fed Up makes inroads against interest rate hikes

The foundation-supported Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up campaign educates the Fed and the public at large on racial and economic disparities.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Connecting the dots on voting rights and education

Education and voting are fundamental rights, and they’re also essential opportunities. So when a federal appeals panel ruled against a strict voter ID law in Texas this week—deeming it discriminatory and in violation of the Voting Rights Act—it was an encouraging sign. It was also evidence that there’s still a serious need for our 50-year-old civil rights law. And that disenfranchisement doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Innocent, Chukwuma, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, West Africa

From Nigeria's election, lessons for strengthening democracy

Lessons learned from Nigeria's election.

Mario, Bronfman, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Mario Bronfman, Former Regional Representative

Cuba's next generation of progress

Mario Bronfman, former representative of the Mexico and Central America office, reflects on the foundation's commitment to Cuba.

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

The State Priorities Partnership: Celebrating 20 years of impact

Program officer Jean Ross celebrates 20 years of impact made by the State Priorities Partnership (SPP).

Myriam, Montalvo-Mendez, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Myriam Méndez-Montalvo, Former Regional Representative

Power and participation for Colombia's indigenous communities

Colombia's indigenous communities finally have the autonomy to govern themselves and manage resources at the local level.