What is KaSaMa?

KaSaMa, Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (Innovative Rights Initiatives),was launched in 2009 through the collaboration of several international partners determined to support Human Rights initiatives in The Philippines. As of today, the partners are the Asia Foundation, the Australian Embassy,  Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the British Embassy, the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, New Zealand Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Spanish Embassy, Embassy of Switzerland and the Embassy of the United States.

The KaSaMa partners believe that a dynamic, diverse and independent civil society, able to operate freely, knowledgeable and skilled with regard to human rights, is a key element in securing sustainable human rights protection. Hence, cooperation with civil society remains a strategic priority because it bolsters shared objectives, helps to address common concerns, and supports the  human rights mission and initiatives in the Philippines.

To provide a forum

to explore issues, share and create solutions relating to human rights initiatives in the Philippines.

To create a mechanism for information sharing and coordination

among international and national organizations on human rights programs and projects in the country as well as provide a space to legitimize actions on human rights issues and avoid overlapping among international partners.

To create a pool of innovative projects on human rights initiatives for possible funding and support

Through call for proposals, the partners engage civil society and encourage innovative ways in addressing human rights issues in the country.

A Committed Mission to Human Rights in the PhilippinesPartners

The KaSaMa Consortium operates within a spirit of respect, diversity, community and considers its flexibility as one of its greatest strengths.