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


Note: The Foundation is currently conducting a strategic review of this program area, but in the interim will continue funding the most promising projects according to the following parameters. 

With these grants, the Foundation has aimed to create 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 recognizes that the rule of law is a basic prerequisite to ensuring sustainability of democratic institutions and stable economies that benefit all.

Successful applicants will seek to strengthen the capacity of institutions responsible for providing justice, security, and wellbeing.  For example, these can include programs that seek to reform and/or modernize the judiciary and other public security agencies, or that increase access to justice for disadvantaged and underserved populations.  The Foundation also considers proposals that focus on generating inclusive economic opportunities for low-income cohorts, micro-entrepreneurs, and small business operators. For example, the Foundation has supported 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