Skoll Foundation


Peace and Human Rights

Conflicts and crises shatter nations and lives.

From Haiti to Syria, it is both a challenge and an imperative to turn conflict into collaborative, workable political, legal, and social solutions that ensure the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Freedom, stability, and prosperity–including transparency, government accountability, citizen mobilization, and functioning markets–are the critical building blocks to lasting peace.


Some 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence. No low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet been able to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal. Fixing the economic, political, and security problems that disrupt development and trap fragile states in cycles of violence requires strengthening national institutions and improving governance in ways that prioritize citizens’ security, justice, and jobs.

  • Skoll Awardees: Afghan Institute of Learning, Crisis Action, EcoPeace, Friends of the Earth- Middle East, ICTJ, Independent Diplomat, Peaceworks/One Voice Movement, Roots of Peace, Search for Common Ground
  • Partners: Carter Center, The Elders

Human Rights

Every human being is born with human rights that she or he possesses in all situations and in perpetuity. These rights—to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to participation in government—have been at the center of the historic changes in the Arab world, the global Occupy movement, and beyond. Women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and the marginalized have the right to make their voices heard in public life and to be included in public decision-making.

  • Skoll Awardees: BasicNeeds, Benetech, Crisis Action, Girls Not Brides, Global Witness, GoodWeave, Nidan, Search for Common Ground, Tostan, Verite, Visayan Forum, WITNESS

International Justice

International justice—accountability for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity—is considered an essential element of building respect for human rights, and of leading a prosperous and peaceful life. Regardless of where the crimes are committed, the network of international justice organizations and governments ensure that perpetrators cannot evade justice by crossing borders or imposing authoritarian rule.

  • Skoll Awardees: ICTJ, International Bridges to Justice

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