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

$87.3 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 5%
89% Right to a Healthy Environment/Share in and Determine the Distribution of Lands, Territories, and Resources
9% Right to Water
1% Right to Own Property
1% Cooperative Rights/Sustainable Agriculture Rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $14.61 M
  2. Comic Relief UK $9.25 M
  3. Both Ends $6.60 M
  4. American Jewish World Service $5.86 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $4.51 M
  6. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $3.67 M
  7. Global Greengrants Fund $3.55 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.32 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.75 M
  10. Tides Foundation $2.73 M
  11. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.51 M
  12. The Oak Foundation $1.40 M
  13. The Global Fund for Women $1.38 M
  14. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.26 M
  15. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.01 M
  16. Cordaid $0.96 M
  17. National Endowment for Democracy $0.95 M
  18. Anonymous $0.90 M
  19. Mensen met een Missie $0.86 M
  20. Wallace Global Fund II $0.80 M
  21. The Marisla Foundation $0.77 M
  22. The Kresge Foundation $0.62 M
  23. The Foundation for Civil Society $0.61 M
  24. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $0.58 M
  25. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $0.54 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

7%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$248.2 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $83.61 M
  2. Norway $40.03 M
  3. United States $24.96 M
  4. Germany $14.23 M
  5. European Union Institutions $13.73 M
  6. Finland $13.52 M
  7. Spain $12.03 M
  8. Australia $8.99 M
  9. Switzerland $7.97 M
  10. Belgium $6.61 M
  11. Sweden $6.27 M
  12. Denmark $5.71 M
  13. United Kingdom $3.33 M
  14. Ireland $2.90 M
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.00 M
  16. Netherlands $0.97 M
  17. Korea $0.52 M
  18. Austria $0.52 M
  19. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.39 M
  20. Global Environment Facility $0.33 M
  21. Italy $0.30 M
  22. Iceland $0.20 M
  23. Luxembourg $0.04 M
  24. France $0.002 M
  25. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$12,522,756 (14%)
320 Grants (21%)

Caribbean

$914,600 (1%)
32 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,047,453 (1%)
55 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$17,298,538 (20%)
93 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$18,472,105 (21%)
429 Grants (29%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,907,386 (2%)
36 Grants (2%)

North America

$13,675,075 (16%)
269 Grants (18%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$24,626,025 (28%)
280 Grants (19%)

Western Europe

$2,769,746 (3%)
28 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

$52,400,507 (60%)
486 Grants (33%)

Indigenous Peoples

$25,127,758 (29%)
362 Grants (24%)

Women & Girls

$15,310,812 (18%)
311 Grants (21%)

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

  • CS Fund supported EarthRights International in the USA to hold corporations that commit environmental rights abuses accountable in US courts and to strengthen corporate accountability law abroad.
  • Ford Foundation supported the Coordinating Body for Indigenous Peoples Organizations of the Amazon Basin in Ecuador to build the capacity of indigenous peoples' organizations to address the challenges posed by large-scale infrastructure mining and energy projects to their territorial rights.

Case Studies