An increasing number of funders are seeking to support local activism – often through intermediaries, at the intersection of good governance, environmental rights and/or climate. The Transparency & Accountability Initiative (TAI) members want to better understand the operation, scope, and main challenges of funding at the grassroots. To this end, we turned to the experiences of funds with a strong track record in this regard.
This note describes the current operations and challenges faced by Casa Fund in Brazil, Semilla Socio-Environmental Foundation in Bolivia, Emerger Fund in Colombia, Ñeque Fund in Ecuador, and the Peruvian Socio-Environmental Fund. It also presents the progress in the consolidation of the Socio-Environmental Funds of the Global South Alliance, an initiative launched in 2021 that brings together nine socio-environmental funds from Latin America, Asia and Africa.