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.
Budget 2018-2020: 350 000 €
The absence of effective international cooperation, conservative trends in Nation-States and the business as usual attitude of economic actors make cities and territories one of the few institutional instances where new social and ecological policies, as well as new relationships between public authorities and citizens, can be tested. Conscious of these opportunities, social actors from many anti-austerity movements in Europe and across the world have formed local political platforms, participate in municipal elections and connect to the international level through the municipalist movement. This movement defines itself as internationalist, federalist, ecologist, pro-Commons and feminist, and while it affirms the role of the local level in re-making society, it is opposed to the nationalist idea of putting walls back in place. It is the embodiment of a democratic agenda aimed at re-involving citizens: transition movements hope in fact to capture the attention and energy of citizens in order to move from good citizen practices to good public policies on the local and territorial levels.
The foundation supports the link between the municipalist movement and transition movements.
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