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: 585 000 €
Urbanisation, to the point of metropolisation, is a widespread phenomenon today. This phenomenon is profoundly changing the social relationships and status of ‘inhabitants’, a generic term to describe ‘urbanised’ citizens used by movements working for rights to the city and to housing. Although urbanisation is global and often linked to worldwide economic changes, territorial development and housing policies remain the responsibility of national or local authorities. Thus ‘inhabitants’ need to understand the global processes affecting local conditions, so they can set up--on various scales—the means of resistance and regulation, as well as alternatives, to safeguard their place in cities. The goal is to maintain social cohesion, guarantee respect for human rights in the city and encourage citizens’ active participation in local governance.
The foundation supports civil society organisations that use their technical and political expertise as a basis for the defence of participative approaches to urbanism, management of neighbourhoods as a common good and the development of co-housing.
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