The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
This dysfunction can only be treated by attacking its root causes. We must change the way we live. We must change the way we organise and produce, we must rethink international relations and redefine the rule of law and systems of responsibility so that they fit the context and challenges of today’s globalised world.
Through its action, the FPH seeks to participate in the peaceful transformation of our societies. The Foundation channels funds to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
FPH is well aware of the disparity between the amplitude of these challenges and the modest levers it possesses. So we contribute at our own level, with the resources we have and in the areas we know best. Consequently, the foundation has no programmes that directly address health, education or global warming. This is certainly not for lack of interest! As a result of our history—choices made, partnerships created—and our internal expertise, we simply do not have the networks or skills needed to contribute real added value in these areas.
Likewise, in the governance programme we address regional cooperation in Europe, West Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Andes. Why only there? Because in these geographical areas we have the necessary support: longstanding partners with solid networks who propose actions to sustain the creation of more democratic modes of governance on the regional scale.
Another of the foundation’s priorities is to create links with other donors that share its values and diagnosis, to combine our efforts so that joint initiatives all over the world are strengthened and propagated.