Conectas is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization founded in São Paulo/Brazil in September 2001. Conectas develops its activities through three programs - South-South, Foreign Policy and Justice - that interact together and encompass national, regional and international activities. The individual projects of each program aim to strengthen human rights defenders and academics in the Global South and to foster interaction between them, through collaborative networks. They also aim to strengthen international protection of human rights by monitoring the foreign policy of Global South countries. In Brazil, Conectas promotes advocacy, strategic and public interest litigation. Conectas was accorded consultative status with the ECOSOC-UN in 2006, and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2009.