VIDERE EXPOSES HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND HOLDS PERPETRATORS TO ACCOUNT
OUR TEAMS GO WHERE NO ONE ELSE DOES
OUR RESEARCHERS REVEAL WHAT OTHERS CANNOT

THE CHALLENGE

Around the world fractured communities and the shrinking space for public dissent have resulted in widespread human rights abuses. The need to expose these abuses with verified evidence has never been more pronounced. Yet too often politically motivated intimidation and violence, systematic corruption, and the persecution of marginalised groups goes unseen. Traditional documentation efforts rarely reach the areas in which the most vulnerable live and are routinely beset by the challenges of safely documenting and verifying violations.

OUR APPROACH

Videre’s approach is different. We work directly with oppressed communities in some of the world’s most hard-to-access areas, equipping networks of local activists and community leaders with the technology and training to safely capture compelling visual evidence of political violence, human rights violations and systemic abuses. With the ability to transcend language and focus attention, we then put this visual evidence in the hands of those that can secure accountability and justice.

OUR TEAM

Our team is comprised of experienced professionals with diverse programmatic and geographic expertise. We place an emphasis on recruiting local staff wherever we work, building their capacity through training and ongoing support, and operating as equal partners in developing and implementing our strategy. Our research team provides expertise in data mapping, and open source and social media intelligence. Our innovation team works to customise equipment and software, including the development of specialised covert cameras. Collectively we are characterised by our tenacity in exposing human rights abuses, technical innovation and bravery in operating, sometimes covertly, to ensure the safety of our staff and partners.

HOW WE WORK

Videre’s proven operating model is cost‐effective and scalable. It has been built to harness the power of local knowledge, and is adapted from best-in-class intelligence and technology operations. It is our belief that enduring peace and stability can only be achieved by ongoing human rights monitoring. We therefore commit to our projects and the countries in which we operate for the long-term, often well after international attention has moved to the next crisis. To ensure the safety of our teams and to adhere to strict security protocols, our operations are necessarily discreet and we never take public credit for our work.

RESEARCH

Before we launch a project we conduct in-depth research to identify locations and people at risk, assessing security challenges, and how we can have the greatest impact.

DISTRIBUTE

To create real change, we then strategically distribute this information to targeted stakeholders, including courts, governments, civil society, and the media.

TRAIN AND EQUIP

Once launched, we equip local partners with custom-made video cameras and situation-specific technology and training on security, filming and verification.

FILM AND VERIFY

Adhering to international ethical and legal standards, we then guide and support their information-gathering efforts through review and verification.

OUR IMPACT

Over the past ten years and across three continents, Videre has found the evidence to expose human rights abuses and hold the perpetrators accountable.

We documented evidence of a genocide, helping catalyse the international response to the crisis

We compelled corporations to publicly respond to evidence of their complicity in forced evictions

We exposed illegal arms trafficking between a national army and multiple armed groups

We documented coercion by state forces during national elections, countering government narratives with proof of systematic abuses

We delegitimised anti-democratic activities by uncovering strategic financial connections with far-right and ultra-nationalist forces

We protected civil society by providing at-risk groups with early warning alerts of physical and digital attack

We secured the suspension of public officials for street-level corruption and extortion

We exposed persistent labour abuses in a supposedly reformed industry

We provided evidence that led to the prosecution of politicians for hate speech

Videre was awarded the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

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There may be no better example of maximizing the power of technology to hold governments accountable than Videre. In its groundbreaking work, Videre has used social media to expose political and ethnic violence and human rights abuses. Recognizing that the most powerful soldier in the fight for human rights holds a camera, not a gun, Videre has trained citizens to document, publicize and share footage of abuses and atrocities, raising awareness and shaming governments into action.
Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
President of The Rockefeller Foundation and former USAID Administrator
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In a saturated information environment, our ground-sourced and verified visuals stand out. They are used to secure lasting change by the media, governments and inter-governmental bodies, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and thought leaders.

 

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