The Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM)

 is a USAID funded, five-year leader with associates (LWA) cooperative agreement (# AID-OAA-A-16-000444) aimed at implementing USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Strategy, specifically objective #3: Protect and promote universally recognized human rights.

HRSM is implemented by the PROGRESS Consortium. PROGRESS provides technical assistance and support to partners and beneficiaries in developing countries around the world to achieve the following objectives:

Improve enabling environments for preventing and addressing human rights violations and abuses;

Implement effective response actions to mitigate the impact of human rights violations and abuses;

Implement effective remedies to human rights violations and abuses;

Identify effective approaches for protecting human rights; and

Implement rapid response activities to urgent or unforeseen crises.

All projects implemented under HRSM incorporate a technical and/or region-specific Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA) conducted or directed by Pact. In addition, the Senior Gender and Inclusion Advisor is consulted throughout each project.

5 Primary Partners

Primary partners work collectively with USAID to identify and implement HRSM-wide strategic priorities, develop and implement Associate Awards and rapid response activities, contribute quality evidence to the HRSM learning agenda, and develop and disseminate knowledge products that benefit the wider human rights community.

PROGRESS—Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions—was deliberately constituted to convene leading practitioners in each of the key substantive disciplines needed to build and strengthen local systems capable of protecting human rights.

7 Associate Partners

Associate partners contribute expertise in specific thematic or technical areas on an as-needed basis for Associate Awards and rapid response activities.

Global Initiatives for Human Rights (GIHR) – Heartland Alliance provides expertise to protect and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.

The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law provides expertise to strengthen legislation governing CSOs engaged in human rights protection.

Mobility International provides expertise to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

The University of Minnesota’s OpenGlobalRights supports public opinion polling and surveying related to human rights issues.

Videre provides support for video recording and documentation of human rights abuses.

World Organization Against Torture provides assistance to support victims of torture, enforced disappearances, and summary executions.

World Resources Institute provides expertise to ensure the protection of human rights in the context of environmental and sustainable development challenges.

2 Resource Partners

RIWI provides support in the form of online citizen surveys to further leverage USAID resources. PROGRESS also works with a global law firm that provides pro bono assistance for human rights projects.

Freedom House, the American Bar Association, Internews, Pact, and Search for Common Ground formed the “Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions” Consortium (PROGRESS) to implement the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). The Human Rights Hub is supported by the work of the PROGRESS consortium. With more than 150 years of collective experience successfully implementing hundreds of human rights projects in over 100 countries, the PROGRESS consortium combines deep substantive expertise with a wealth of experience in practical application. HRSM is a USAID funded, five-year leader with associates (LWA) cooperative agreement aimed at implementing USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Strategy, specifically objective #3: Protect and promote universally recognized human rights. This site was made possible with the generous support of the American People through USAID. The contents are the responsibility of PROGRESS and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States.