Democratic Governance

Credit: Fundacion Pro Bono Chile
A lawyer with Fundacion Pro Bono Chile providing free legal services to victims of an earthquake.
Credit: Fundacion Pro Bono Chile

With these grants, the Foundation's aim is to establish conditions for equitable economic growth by strengthening the institutions for democratic governance, particularly those related to public security, access to justice and financial inclusion.

The Foundation’s interest in contributing toward the development of an equitable society in Latin America is underscored by the recognition that the rule of law is a basic prerequisite to ensuring sustainability of democratic institutions and stable economies that benefit all.  Proposals in the Democratic Governance program should address one of two distinct components of this vision.

Governance
Successful applicants will seek to strengthen the capacity of institutions responsible for providing citizen security and justice.  These can include programs that seek to reform and/or modernize the police, the judiciary and other public security agencies.  Also of interest are efforts to increase access to justice for disadvantaged and underserved populations.

Equitable Economic Growth
Applicants should be developing programs and policies that increase the quality and range of financial services available to low-income families, micro-entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The Foundation will support research that increases understanding and knowledge of the nature and role of financial services in enabling poor people and small economic producers to increase their economic security and productivity, as well as projects that attempt to broaden and diversify access to financial services, including credit, savings and insurance to traditionally excluded and underserved groups.

View a selection of recent Democratic Governance grants