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Sophia Hernandez

Sophia Hernandez, Program Associate

Verificado 19s: Ayuda de la tecnología después del sismo en México

Todo comenzó con un grupo de chat entre amigos en WhatsApp, quienes buscábamos la manera de ayudar a los afectados por el terremoto.

Sophia Hernandez

Sophia Hernandez, Program Associate

Verificado19s: Help from technology in the aftermath of Mexico’s earthquake

It all started with a WhatsApp group chat between friends looking for ways to help those affected by the quake.

Otto Saki

, Office of Southern Africa

How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help

Around the world, corporations are using Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to silence environmental activists. 

Ivana, Fertziger, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ximena Warnaars. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

Choosing water over gold: El Salvador bans metallic mining

El Salvador's Congress voted to prohibit metallic mining, putting aside their differences to protect human health and the environment.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

One year after her death, Berta Cáceres's voice lives on

It has now been a year since the courageous environmental activist and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was murdered in Honduras, and those responsible still have not been brought to justice.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Graham Macmillian, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Reflecting on the Paris climate agreement, one year later

Ford Foundation program officers reflect on the progress made in the past year since the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted, the roles of business and indigenous land rights in combating climate change, and how countries are moving from planning to implementation.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Graham Macmillian, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Indigenous land rights: A cheap and effective climate change solution, just in time

Protecting our forests and restoring indigenous peoples' rights over their land will keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow the rate of global climate change. 

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Derechos indígenas a la tierra: Una solución efectiva y de bajo costo ante el cambio climático, y justo a tiempo

Derechos indígenas a la tierra: Una solución efectiva y de bajo costo ante el cambio climático, y justo a tiempo

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

"When Two Worlds Collide": A victory for Peruvian indigenous leaders, on-screen and off

The documentary When Two Worlds Collide captures the conflict between indigenous communities determined to protect their tribal lands, and government-supported business interests eager to open those lands up to oil drilling, mining, and clear-cutting.

Jacqueline, Burton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

Hábitat III: Los gobiernos locales son claves para lograr las metas de desarrollo internacional

A pesar de que los grandes acuerdos intergubernamentales son negociados y adoptados por los gobiernos nacionales, son las autoridades regionales y locales quienes entienden mejor las necesidades y desafíos locales y son, en última instancia, los responsables de establecer un desarrollo equitativo en sus regiones.

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Ford’s new office in Bogotá: Q&A with director Javier Ciurlizza

Javier Ciurlizza, the Ford Foundation’s Andean Region representative, discusses the strategy behind the opening of a new regional headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, inequality in Colombia, the historic peace agreement, and what’s ahead for the region.

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Nueva oficina de la Fundación Ford en Bogotá: Entrevista con el director Javier Ciurlizza

El 5 de septiembre de 2016, la Fundación Ford abrirá una nueva oficina regional en Bogotá (Colombia), la cual se convertirá en la sede central de nuestras labores en la Región Andina. Javier Ciurlizza, director de la fundación para esta región, habla sobre la estrategia que motivó el traslado, así como la desigualdad en Colombia, el histórico acuerdo de paz y lo que le espera a la región en el futuro.

Justin Sylvester. New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Report: 2015 was the worst year on record for killings of environmental defenders

The worst-hit countries were Brazil, Colombia, and the Philippines, and nearly 40 percent of victims were members of indigenous groups. 

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Why indigenous rights are key to fighting climate change

Indigenous peoples are stewards of their ancestral land, vital to keeping our planet healthy and fighting climate change.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Por qué los derechos indígenas son fundamentales para combatir el cambio climático

Si bien cada vez se está prestando mayor atención a los derechos indígenas, la mayoría de las personas aún no entienden estas cuestiones y cómo están conectadas con sus propias vidas. Pensé que sería útil explicar los principios básicos en materia de derechos indígenas: qué son, exactamente por qué están siendo amenazadas estas comunidades, y por qué desempeñan un papel fundamental en el abordaje del cambio climático. 

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

The work of indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres does not end with her death

Director of Natural Resources and Climate Change David Kaimowitz reflects on the courageous life and work of indigenous rights leader Berta Cáceres

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Vivek, Malhorta, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Vivek Malhotra, Director, Civil and Human Rights

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Our top social justice moments at Sundance

Ford staff recount their most memorable social justice moments from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Laine, Romero-Alston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Altaf Rahamatulla, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A social justice State of the Union

Foundation staff weigh in on Obama's final State of the Union, and  his takes on criminal justice reform, raising the minimum wage, climate change, discrimination, and inequality

Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Margaret, Rugadya, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Landesa wins 2015 Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Landesa honored with Hilton Humanitarian Prize for "extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering"

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Protecting Turkana's resources for future generations

Ford partners are working with local communities, the private sector, and government to help residents secure rights over natural resources in the Turkana Basin.

Jerry, Maldonado, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Equitable Development

10 years after Katrina, rebuilding the promise of New Orleans

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Ford Foundation reflects on the progress and philanthropy's investment in New Orleans and the work ahead.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

"They fear us because we are fearless"

The best thing about Berta Cáceres receiving the Goldman Environmental Prize, and being recognized internationally for her grassroots efforts to protect the environment, is that it means she is still alive.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

What do forest rights have to do with climate change?

Deforestation is a major cause of global warming, and so we all have a stake in helping indigenous communities defend their resources.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

As the climate changes, we are all "living dangerously"

In anticipation of Showtime's premier of The Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series supported by the foundation, Steve Rhee, who works on community rights over natural resources and climate change from our office in Jakarta, discusses the human impact of climate change.