A world of solidarity is possible

Laureates 2022

The Foundation presents the 2022 laureates of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2022

The Foundation presents the 2022 supported initiatives !

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Our aims :

Promote the wellbeing and empowerment of underprivileged human communities by valuing and supporting their own capacities to understand and to act, their biological and cultural diversity, and their sense of solidarity—internal as well as with other communities.

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Community

There exist a plethora of human “communities” in the ordinary sense; they share a territory, a city quarter, natural resources, a language, a culture, traditions, etc. These socio-cultural communities are crucial for the work of the Foundation. There also exist human communities which are centered around one or several common issues or interests but whose members may not be linked geographically or culturally.

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Solidarity

Solidarity is first of all an attitude and a value. It means the acceptance of the other’s humanity, and turns the other into an equal subject, independently of possible social, economic, political or other differences. But solidarity is also an active engagement – between individuals, within a community, or between different communities – for instance to defend or to reinforce a common good or a common interest.

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Meeting the Stranger, this fundamental event

Emmanuel Levinas calls « event » the encounter with the other, he even calls it « fundamental event ». It is, according to him, the most important experience, which opens the greatest horizons.

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The Foundation

The Paul K. Feyerabend Foundation promotes the empowerment and wellbeing of disadvantaged human communities. By strengthening intra and inter-community solidarity the Foundation strives to improve local capacities, promote the respect of human rights, and sustain cultural and biological diversity.

The Foundation was created in Switzerland in March 2006. It has an international Board of Directors including seven members.

As of 2022, the Foundation has supported 66 initiatives and honored 35 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

Steps towards an Africa Forum for Development-Induced Displacements

Steps towards an Africa Forum for Development-Induced Displacements

Efforts to form an Africa Forum for Development-Induced Displacements (AfDiD) are being pursued by the Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR).  A steering committee comprising members from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Tanzania has been created and has drafted a … Read more

Prof. Sir Andy Haines - member of the Board of the Feyerabend Foundation - awarded the 2022 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Prof. Sir Andy Haines – member of the Board of the Feyerabend Foundation – awarded the 2022 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Sir Andy Haines, one of the longest serving members of the Board of the Paul K. Feyerabend Foundation, was awarded early in 2022 the Tyler Prize— often referred to as the ‘Nobel for the Environment’.  The award, which recognises … Read more

The Birifor language is alive and well in Burkina Faso!

The Birifor language is alive and well in Burkina Faso!

Fifteen years ago, the Feyerabend Foundation supported a small initiative to promote the Birifor language as a key means of identity and solidarity among the Birifor people in Burkina Faso.  At that time the language seemed to be spoken by … Read more

The Ogiek of Mt Elgon (Kenya) - recipients of one of our small grants in 2013 - win a landmark judgement after a 20-year struggle to secure their ancestral land rights

The Ogiek of Mt Elgon (Kenya) – recipients of one of our small grants in 2013 – win a landmark judgement after a 20-year struggle to secure their ancestral land rights

At the end of September 2022, we hear from our grantee Forest Peoples Programme that the Ogiek of Mount Elgon (Kenya) have just won their land right case in the relevant High Court! They filed a case in 2008 against … Read more

Anuradha Mittal: supporting the oppressed and exposing land grabbing with meticulous research, tenacious advocacy, and unflinching activism

Anuradha Mittal: supporting the oppressed and exposing land grabbing with meticulous research, tenacious advocacy, and unflinching activism

For over three decades, Anuradha has been a powerful voice for those rendered voiceless by their own governments, relentlessly challenging failed development models and exposing corrupt governments and corporations. She has persistently advocated for meaningful systems change, uplifted impacted communities, … Read more

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