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.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$88.1 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 5%
60% Right to a Healthy Environment/Share in and Determine the Distribution of Lands, Territories, and Resources
29% Cooperative Rights/Sustainable Agriculture Rights
6% Right to Water
5% Right to Own Property

Top Funders

  1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $17.71 M
  2. Ford Foundation $12.92 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $8.67 M
  4. Tides Foundation $3.73 M
  5. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.71 M
  6. Global Greengrants Fund $3.38 M
  7. Anonymous $3.20 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.58 M
  9. The California Endowment $2.31 M
  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $2.00 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $1.96 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.64 M
  13. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.15 M
  14. National Endowment for Democracy $0.97 M
  15. The McKnight Foundation $0.92 M
  16. The James Irvine Foundation $0.90 M
  17. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $0.89 M
  18. Park Foundation $0.84 M
  19. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $0.77 M
  20. CS Fund $0.73 M
  21. Anonymous $0.70 M
  22. The Kendeda Fund $0.69 M
  23. Hivos $0.63 M
  24. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $0.59 M
  25. Cordaid $0.59 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

9%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$332.9 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ireland $102.92 M
  2. Canada $59.05 M
  3. Norway $41.87 M
  4. Spain $26.22 M
  5. United States $24.10 M
  6. International Development Association $16.07 M
  7. European Union Institutions $13.63 M
  8. Sweden $11.94 M
  9. Germany $9.99 M
  10. Denmark $6.35 M
  11. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $5.70 M
  12. Switzerland $4.74 M
  13. Finland $3.27 M
  14. Belgium $2.44 M
  15. United Kingdom $1.38 M
  16. Netherlands $1.15 M
  17. Austria $0.72 M
  18. Korea $0.47 M
  19. Italy $0.40 M
  20. New Zealand $0.23 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.19 M
  22. France $0.05 M
  23. Iceland $0.04 M
  24. Luxembourg $0.02 M
  25. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$12,094,139 (14%)
259 Grants (18%)

Caribbean

$341,367 (0%)
12 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,976,395 (2%)
78 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$24,065,586 (27%)
77 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,220,550 (12%)
431 Grants (31%)

Middle East & North Africa

$781,353 (1%)
23 Grants (2%)

North America

$19,505,114 (22%)
279 Grants (20%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$19,555,538 (22%)
252 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$2,679,355 (3%)
25 Grants (2%)

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

Economically Disadvantaged

$52,178,219 (59%)
385 Grants (27%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$19,984,295 (23%)
350 Grants (25%)

Indigenous Peoples

$10,597,921 (12%)
218 Grants (15%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Global Greengrants Fund gave to the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International in the Philippines to conduct studies on corporate accountability and farmworkers' occupational health and safety, including the impact of pesticides within the Asian-Pacific region, and to present the findings at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal in India.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave to World Resources Institute in the USA to develop an educational online resource on land and natural resource property rights in Africa.

Case Studies