A world of solidarity is possible

Laureates 2023

The Foundation presents the 2023 laureates of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2023

The Foundation presents the 2023 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 2023, the Foundation has supported 73 initiatives and honored 35 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

Building a Life Plan to strengthen the community environmental governance of the ancestral marine and coastal municipality of Puerto Cabuyal (Ecuador)

Building a Life Plan to strengthen the community environmental governance of the ancestral marine and coastal municipality of Puerto Cabuyal (Ecuador)

This initiative promotes the self-strengthening of the coastal and marine territory of life of a small municipality – the Comuna de Puerto Cabuyal (CPC) – in the parish of Canoa, canton San Vicente, province of Manabí, Ecuador.  This is an … Read more

The Guardias Indígenas of COSHICOX protect their territories of life against 'colonial invasions' of Mennonites in the Peruvian Amazon

The Guardias Indígenas of COSHICOX protect their territories of life against ‘colonial invasions’ of Mennonites in the Peruvian Amazon

For several years, the system of Guardias Indígenas of the Shipibo-Conibo communities (COSHICOX) in the Peruvian Amazon has been monitoring, carrying out surveillance and resisting the growing threats to the local communities. The communities have been invaded by commercial fishermen, … Read more

Engaging participatory action research to strengthen a network of mutual solidarity towards mediation and peace in Gulu, Uganda

Engaging participatory action research to strengthen a network of mutual solidarity towards mediation and peace in Gulu, Uganda

In Uganda, violations of women’s rights are frequent, particularly in the post-conflict context of the north of the country, where cases of physical and psychological violence are rooted in negative cultural practices and sexist stereotypes. Some of the most affected … Read more

Strengthening four communities in the Petén region of northern Guatemala, and facilitating their mutual solidarity in governing their territories of life

Strengthening four communities in the Petén region of northern Guatemala, and facilitating their mutual solidarity in governing their territories of life

The Asociación Solidaria de Acción y Propuesta de Petén (ASAPP) is a civil association formed in 2006 by members of different municipalities in the department of Petén with the aim of confronting the expansion of oil palm agribusiness, drug trafficking … Read more

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

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