We work to inspire activists and campaigners, stand up for vulnerable people across the world, and champion humanitarian work in Jo's memory.
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.
"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."
Learn about Jo's humanitarian career
FCDO Jo Cox Memorial Grants
We have continued to work closely with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) since 2017 on the development of the Jo Cox Memorial Grants. Through the grants, £10 million of funding will be provided to projects focusing on two areas that Jo was passionate about: women’s empowerment and building resilient communities to combat identity-based violence (IBV).
- Empowering women: Grants that will empower women to tackle the complex political, social and economic disadvantages they face.
- Preventing IBV: Grants that will strengthen the ability of communities to predict and prevent identity-based violence including mass atrocities. This will be done by enabling early warnings of increased tension leading to actions that prevent further escalation and ultimately better protect communities from the threat of violence.
You can find details about the grant holders here. The grants have already seen a positive impact across the globe:
across the world have benefitted from these grants
have been helped into politics
in leadership positions have received assistance and training
Atrocity Prevention Working Group (APWG)
The APWG, led by Protection Approaches, consists of 21 organisations with links to identity-based violence. The group urges the government to set out a national strategy on atrocity prevention. The group also draws attention to critical moments where coordinated action from the membership could make a difference.
What is Identity-Based Violence?
Identity-based violence is any act of violence motivated by the perpetrator's conceptualisation of their victim's identity such as their race, gender, sexuality, religion or political affiliation. It encompasses hate crime, violent extremism, and genocide and affects individuals as well as entire groups or communities all around the world. The genocide in Rwanda was an act of Identity-Based Violence
Responsibility to Protect (R2P or RtoP)
R2P is a commitment to prevent atrocities and crimes against humanity, endorsed by all UN Members in 2005. It’s based on (1) all states protecting their own civilians, (2) helping other states protect their civilians, and (3) if a state is failing to protect their own civilians, all member states should “take collective action to protect the population”. Jo advocated strongly that the UK should take a principled approach to the responsibility to protect in a submission to the thinktank Fabian Society’s publication ‘Outward to the World’ in 2015. In June 2018 we submitted evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention.
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 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
Though we can never speak for Jo, we believe that she would wholeheartedly oppose any cut to the 0.7% overseas aid budget.
The Cost of Doing Nothing Report
With the support of the 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. In February 2017, ‘The Cost of Doing Nothing’ was published at Policy Exchange with cross party support from party leaders past and present.