Building A Fairer World

We want responses to the world’s complex problems to be informed by humanitarian approaches.

Jo Cox was a life-long humanitarian. She dedicated her career to helping those less fortunate than herself, whether in Batley and Spen or around the world. She was a staunch advocate of an ethical foreign policy, and committed to the protection of civilians in conflict.

Learn about Jo's humanitarian career

"Every decade or so, the world is tested by a crisis so grave that it breaks the mould: one so horrific and inhumane that the response of politicians to it becomes emblematic of their generation — their moral leadership or cowardice, their resolution or incompetence. It is how history judges us. We have been tested by the Second World War, the genocide in Rwanda and the slaughter in Bosnia, and I believe that Syria is our generation’s test."
- Jo Cox


Jo Cox work with Oxfam

The Jo Cox Memorial Grants

We have worked with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office since 2017 on the development of the Jo Cox Memorial Grants. Through the grants, £10 million of funding has been provided to projects focusing on two areas that Jo was passionate about: women’s empowerment and building resilient communities to combat identity-based violence, including mass atrocities. Read about each of the grant holders.

50,000+ women and girls
across 17 countries have benefitted from these grants

1,223+ women
have been helped into politics

558+ women
in leadership positions have received assistance and training


Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), Uganda

88 women from the communities FOWODE works in ran for a leadership position in the 2021 general elections and 66 were successful in securing a position of power and influence. 

Read their grant story

Woman delivers speech in front of men

Internews, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Internews supported women’s networks to take a leading role in conflict prevention in the country. Women’s roles are typically overlooked in such processes, but the predominantly female Nyunzu Early Warning Group sensitively and actively contributed to the diffusion of a conflict.

Read their grant story

Woman listens to radio

Atrocity Prevention

At The Jo Cox Foundation we advocate for political parties to commit to robust atrocity prevention policies. We are a member of the Atrocity Prevention Working Group, led by Protection Approaches, which consists of 21 organisations with links to identity-based violence. In 2020 we submitted evidence to the International Development Committee and they have now published their report, ‘From Srebrenica to a safer tomorrow: Preventing future mass atrocities around the world‘, which recommends the adoption of a national atrocity prevention strategy and is a positive step forward for this campaigning.

When working on atrocity prevention, we reflect on Jo’s own work on this topic including The Cost of Doing Nothing Report. With the support of The Jo Cox Foundation, cross-party colleagues Alison McGovern MP and Tom Tugendhat MP came together in 2016 to finish the report Jo had started with Tom, making the case for action to protect civilians from atrocity in conflicts around the world.

Restoring the Aid Budget

Jo Cox was a firm believer in International Aid. In November 2020 the government announced that it would reduce the annual aid budget from 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to 0.5%, a reduction of £4bn to £5bn. The cut will continue until at least 2024. We believe the 0.7% commitment must be restored.


“We put this country firmly on the road to fulfil our historic commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid – an act of solidarity that has seen millions more children in school and many more women surviving childbirth.”

- Jo Cox