The NEF Mercator Fund, which initiates and supports projects related to Europe’s role in global social, security and development issues, is being expanded both in thematic and geographical terms. From 2008 onwards, its three main portfolios will be Global Insurgency, Public Security and Public Health. Within these three programmes, the NEF Mercator Fund is actively seeking new partnerships and co-funding opportunities with foundations and other organizations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.
The Global Insurgency Programme combines grassroots research with policy development on insurgency-based conflicts through its Conflict Zone Field Research Platforms in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. The programme’s findings are currently being used in the development of a new Global Security Architecture to provide policymakers with a strategic blueprint to address current and future conflicts.
Based in Rio de Janeiro, the Mercator Fund’s Centre of Excellence on Public Security aims to bridge the gap between the views of policymakers and practitioners with on-the-ground experience by facilitating dialogue and encouraging a multi-sector approach that incorporates development and social policy as well as law enforcement strategies. The Centre offers research and consultancy services and works with governments to construct public security policies for the 21st century.
Lastly, working in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Rome Consensus for a Humanitarian Drug Policy acts as a catalyst for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements to promote public health-oriented responses to problematic drug use and implement responsive programmes. It currently runs in Africa, Asia Pacific, South America and the Caribbean, and Europe, and is set to expand.