The threats to children’s rights are many and the need to respond urgent. HDF partners with like-minded organisations to tackle some of the gravest abuses of their rights, specifically child sexual abuse and harmful practices. We provide support to a network of community, national and international organisations through a combination of funding, capacity building and thoughtful leadership and advice.
“Our mantra is children can’t wait. It’s the urgent reality that underpins our work. It encourages us to question, be creative, and explore better ways of protecting children’s rights.”
Executive Director, Human Dignity Foundation
In 2009 HDF’s board, led by Founder and Chairman Dr John Climax, took the decision to become a limited life foundation. By compressing the period in which HDF can contribute to its mission, we have increased the relative size, intensity and urgency of our contribution. Our aim has always been to identify the most effective role we can play in protecting children’s rights. The foundation has gone through a series of strategic phases that have allowed us to refine our tactics and maximise our impact. We’re currently in the final ‘sunset phase’. By focusing our resources on the fight against child sexual abuse and harmful practices we are prioritising two of the gravest abuses of children’s rights.
Human Dignity Foundation is founded by Dr John Climax as a registered charity in Switzerland.
Landmark grants distributed in response to the earthquake in Pakistan and to support education in South African townships.
HDF supports the emergence of a dedicated, EU-wide end FGM campaign, managed by Amnesty International, which transitions into a fully-fledged, independent network.
Strategic review recommends that the foundation transitions to limited life with grant-making to complete in 2021.
Mary Healy takes up the role of Executive Director and begins HDF’s focus on key areas of child protection.
The foundation develops its first strategic plan to guide the ‘sunrise phase’.
2012 – Launch of partnership with Trócaire to address harmful practices that increase the exposure of girls to HIV in Malawi.
HDF begins its sustained support for Girls Not Brides – an initiative of The Elders that campaigns to end child marriage.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, HDF distributes a series of small grants to help grantees build their organisational capacity.
The foundation embarks on a rigorous review of its child safeguarding culture and practice and supports grantees to do the same.
HDF support leads to the inclusion of critical SDG indicators to end violence against children and the establishment of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Evolution of the foundation’s theory of change leads to an increased focus on child sexual abuse and harmful practices through the ‘sunset phase’.
Seán Coughlan becomes Executive Director to lead HDF’s final phase of support for children’s rights.