Rights for Time is a new research network that brings a temporal perspective to protection challenges


#Rights4time is a research network consisting of multiple interdisciplinary projects across Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Rwanda. The network aims to bring the hidden legacies of conflict directly into humanitarian protection, and human rights policy and practice.

Case Studies

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Surfacing Time

Surfacing loss advocates change with Rwanda's Batwa people via participatory photography

Future Time

Instead of developmental time, an NGO in Jordan develops new metrics for success

Managing Time

Sexual assault survivors in Kenya develop new ways of collecting evidence--via app.

Policy and Time

How national and international policies intersect with the lived conditions of refugees

Image by Marek Piwnicki


Rights for Time Funding Call – Summary


  • Grants of up to £25,000

  • Starting January 2023 for up to 9 months

  • For researchers, artists, writers, NGOs, and/or cultural organisations

  • To be awarded to applicants in low and middle income countries (Palestine, Kenya, Rwanda, Lebanon, etc: to see if you qualify check the ODA DAC list)

  • For projects that complicate and re-think the timescales/timelines of humanitarian intervention (for example looking at trauma, repeated cycles of conflict, layered legacies of exclusion)

  • Host organisations must be able to support research (more below)


DEADLINE: September 15th, 2022         

Full application details here: https://www.rights4time.com/getfunding


Rights for Time is an international research network funded by the AHRC in the UK. We work to illuminate the complex time frames of violence and trauma, in an effort to re-think current approaches to ‘protection’. Too often humanitarian interventions are time-limited or understand a problem in terms that are too narrow to have lasting impact. Working with community stakeholders, NGOs, universities and government, we hope to encourage partners to consider the role of time in their work and expand their frames of reference. So far, the network has convened the following case studies:

  • A mental health programme designed for ongoing contexts of harm in Gaza city

  • A photography workshop & exhibition with a historically marginalised community in rural Rwanda

  • A study of how to collect better evidence in Kenya to support survivors of sexual violence

  • An exploration of the literary concept of the ‘refugee’ and its many meanings in Jordan

  • And a review of policy in Lebanon as an archive of crisis response.

The network is now looking to fund further work exploring time and humanitarian intervention.


What do we want to fund?

We will fund around ten projects. We encourage creative submissions from the countries we currently work in and any other ODA context. The projects should generate a better understanding of time, harm and humanitarian protection.  – how we can promote and ensure the rights of people in challenging situations.


Each proposal should:

  • Identify the specific problem being addressed (policy, mental health, education, etc)

  • Develop a key question or questions that will be answered through the project  

  • Situate the work within a its context (make clear why it is important, what other work has or has not been done, why your approach is important)

  • Explain how your project can generate solutions to the problem of ‘crisis’ time and intervention approaches


Projects can involve multiple methods. These might include interviews, focus groups, creating art works together, questionnaires, participant observation, close reading, or textual analysis.


  • Lead applicant must be based in a country on the ODA DAC list.

  • Team members can be from elsewhere but the majority of applicants must be from DAC countries.

  • You do not need to be an academic researcher. For example, you could be an educator, heritage sector professional, activist or artist. We welcome teams with a range of roles and experience.

  • We are particularly keen to fund people early in their careers, or who have not received funding before.

  • Projects must produce at least one ‘output’ – for example a policy briefing, academic article, performance, book, educational activity, or exhibition.

  • Every project must have a host organisation based in a DAC list country such as an NGO, university, research institute, community group, social enterprise, or cultural organisation.

  • This organisation must be able to demonstrate good governance and the ability to support research.

For budget requirements and criteria for selection, please see the full call for funding.

Who we are

Frequently hidden and, urgently, intersectional histories, pose unique and complex challenges to protection. New methodologies and measures are required to make hidden damage visible to law and policy. We are creating new evidence bases to demonstrate the impact of the long-times of violence and trauma.

We currently have projects in Rwanda, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Kenya, contexts where the long periods of violence have produced enduring challenges, particularly for vulnerable communities and groups, such as refugees, people who have been displaced, women, and children.

Visit our projects page to learn more about our current projects.

Contact us if you would like to learn more.

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