Environmental and Resource Rights

Supporting the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. This includes the rights of indigenous, marginalized, or any other communities to the unspoiled natural resources that enable survival, including land, water, air, plants, animals, and energy; the right to share in and determine the distribution of lands, territories, and resources; and the right to protect these natural resources from overdevelopment, destruction, or adulteration.

9%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$242.3 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 9%
90% Right to a Healthy Environment/Share in and Determine the Distribution of Lands, Territories, and Resources
4% Right to Own Property
3% Right to Water
2% Cooperative Rights/Sustainable Agriculture Rights

Top Funders

  1. Foundation For The Carolinas $66.32 M
  2. Nationale Postcode Loterij $66.17 M
  3. Ford Foundation $20.29 M
  4. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $7.11 M
  5. Fundación AVINA $6.74 M
  6. American Jewish World Service $6.42 M
  7. EEA and Norway Grants $6.35 M
  8. Global Greengrants Fund $4.83 M
  9. NoVo Foundation $4.69 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $3.59 M
  11. Fund For Global Human Rights $2.54 M
  12. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $2.44 M
  13. Cordaid $2.05 M
  14. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.01 M
  15. Avina Americas $1.50 M
  16. The Kendeda Fund $1.49 M
  17. The Swift Foundation $1.40 M
  18. Tides Foundation $1.30 M
  19. The Skoll Foundation $1.25 M
  20. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.13 M
  21. Hivos $1.10 M
  22. National Endowment for Democracy $1.09 M
  23. CS Fund $1.05 M
  24. The Coca-Cola Foundation $1.00 M
  25. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $0.94 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$288 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $51.85 M
  2. Canada $47.87 M
  3. Finland $30.61 M
  4. Norway $27.44 M
  5. European Union Institutions $21.40 M
  6. Denmark $19.68 M
  7. Switzerland $16.97 M
  8. United States $15.66 M
  9. United Kingdom $14.77 M
  10. Spain $13.80 M
  11. Germany $13.44 M
  12. Belgium $9.90 M
  13. Global Environment Facility $1.72 M
  14. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $1.00 M
  15. Netherlands $0.36 M
  16. Italy $0.31 M
  17. Ireland $0.25 M
  18. Austria $0.23 M
  19. Australia $0.22 M
  20. France $0.16 M
  21. Poland $0.12 M
  22. Korea $0.10 M
  23. Iceland $0.06 M
  24. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.04 M
  25. Luxembourg $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$11,742,744 (5%)
368 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$1,199,195 (0%)
40 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,919,933 (2%)
88 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$71,359,665 (29%)
91 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$21,796,478 (9%)
601 Grants (29%)

Middle East & North Africa

$622,597 (0%)
24 Grants (1%)

North America

$100,716,033 (42%)
436 Grants (21%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$17,282,187 (7%)
389 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$12,370,762 (5%)
95 Grants (5%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Population Focus

Indigenous Peoples

$24,986,664 (10%)
514 Grants (24%)

Women & Girls

$16,103,746 (7%)
429 Grants (20%)

Children & Youth

$7,865,356 (3%)
345 Grants (16%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$118,716,871 (49%)
857 Grants (41%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$19,848,952 (8%)
348 Grants (17%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$16,561,158 (7%)
361 Grants (17%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • The Rockefeller Foundation supported Mary Robinson Foundation in Ireland for its efforts to leverage leadership of women and youth on climate justice while linking international policy on climate change and development.
  • Fundación Avina supported Associacao de Defesa Etnoambiental Kaninde in Brazil to halt deforestation, preserve biocultural diversity, and reduce poverty through the creation and strengthening of governance structure and local capacities in the Monde Kwahiba ethno-environmental corridor.

Case Studies