Whom is the Programme designed for?
With the Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI), ifa supports activists who are committed to upholding human rights. The initiative provides temporary relocation grants for those who, due to their peaceful commitment to human rights, are threatened with physical and psychological violence, arrest, occupational disqualification, and even murder. These include e.g. ethnic minority groups fighting for land rights, women defending themselves against discrimination and violence, LGBTIQ+ activists campaigning for their right to sexual identity, or journalists exposing cases of corruption. The Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative has no regional or thematic focus in the protection programme for human rights defenders nor is it oriented towards specific professional groups such as journalists or lawyers. For more information see document 'Eligibility criteria for temporary relocation'.
ifa cooperates with civil society to carry out the programme. The Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative organises temporary relocation with host organisations which integrate and accompany the human rights defender. The initiative is implemented by ifa with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.