DRL Programs

Human Rights & Democracy Fund

Protecting Civil Society Space: The Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF), established by Congress in 1998, functions as a “venture capital fund” for democracy and human rights, enabling State to respond quickly and flexibly to changing needs and opportunities to advance democracy and promote human rights. State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, which manages these funds, administers programs in a way that allows HRDF to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to complex and changing situations, including many insecure and undemocratic county contexts that are critical to U.S. national security interests. Over 400 ongoing HRDF programs aid transitions to democracy, promote openness in repressive states, and preserve space for civil society as a means to enhance security. Programs address conditions contributing to conflict, instability and terrorism such as poor governance, corruption and human rights abuses. State’s human rights rapid response mechanisms through HRDF reinforces U.S. leadership in global democracy and human rights promotion, leveraging partnerships with governments, the private sector and faith-based organizations.

Global Anti-Corruption Consortium

Because the solution to corruption does not just lie with governments, we also engage civil society and individuals to root it out. State manages the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC), launched by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in partnership with USAID and the governments of Argentina, Australia, Denmark and Norway, which brings together the capabilities of investigative journalists experienced in tracing corrupt networks, with that of anti-corruption advocacy groups that can ensure that corruption cases brought to light are able to catalyze meaningful local and international responses.