The Human Rights and Democracy Programme (HRDP) is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) fund supporting human rights and democracy work overseas.
The Programme aims to make a difference to people’s lives, helping to build the capacity of governments and civil society to promote and protect human rights. In 2012/13, we supported over 70 projects worldwide. Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are at the heart of the government’s foreign policy.
The HRDP concentrates on areas that are both important to us and where we consider we can best achieve the FCO’s central goal to “pursue an active and activist foreign policy, working with other countries and strengthening the rules-based international system in support of our values”.
The areas for 2013/14 are:
- global torture prevention
- abolition of the death penalty
- promotion and protection of freedom of expression
- upholding freedom of religion and belief
- combating discrimination against women
- business and human rights
- strengthening democratic processes
- preventing sexual violence in conflict (see below for the new funding announcement)