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.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$150.9 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 6%
80% Right to a Healthy Environment/Share in and Determine the Distribution of Lands, Territories, and Resources
11% Right to Water
5% Cooperative Rights/Sustainable Agriculture Rights
4% Right to Own Property

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $21.18 M
  2. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $15.30 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $12.22 M
  4. Hivos $7.17 M
  5. Foundation For The Carolinas $7.01 M
  6. American Jewish World Service $6.47 M
  7. Comic Relief UK $6.47 M
  8. Open Society Foundations $5.34 M
  9. The Christensen Fund $5.07 M
  10. Global Greengrants Fund $4.63 M
  11. FundaciĆ³n AVINA $4.10 M
  12. The Oak Foundation $3.50 M
  13. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $2.18 M
  14. The International Development Research Centre $2.01 M
  15. EEA and Norway Grants $1.57 M
  16. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.55 M
  17. Robertson Foundation $1.50 M
  18. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.49 M
  19. Humanity United $1.47 M
  20. The Kresge Foundation $1.44 M
  21. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.40 M
  22. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.35 M
  23. Tides Foundation $1.34 M
  24. Avina Americas $1.28 M
  25. The Skoll Foundation $1.25 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$287.9 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $51.25 M
  2. United States $46.51 M
  3. Sweden $36.02 M
  4. Norway $26.26 M
  5. Finland $24.53 M
  6. Switzerland $16.21 M
  7. Germany $16.20 M
  8. Denmark $16.00 M
  9. European Union Institutions $15.95 M
  10. Spain $12.09 M
  11. Belgium $10.19 M
  12. United Kingdom $9.29 M
  13. Ireland $1.65 M
  14. Australia $1.54 M
  15. Global Environment Facility $1.45 M
  16. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.66 M
  17. Netherlands $0.65 M
  18. Austria $0.35 M
  19. New Zealand $0.26 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.22 M
  21. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $0.21 M
  22. Iceland $0.19 M
  23. Italy $0.13 M
  24. OPEC Fund for International Development $0.06 M
  25. Korea $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$16,997,571 (11%)
379 Grants (18%)

Caribbean

$1,543,665 (1%)
35 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,537,624 (2%)
88 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$22,220,632 (15%)
107 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$24,514,557 (16%)
612 Grants (29%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,141,810 (1%)
21 Grants (1%)

North America

$49,846,000 (33%)
409 Grants (19%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$26,069,794 (17%)
418 Grants (20%)

Western Europe

$9,792,710 (6%)
66 Grants (3%)

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

$48,711,199 (32%)
606 Grants (29%)

Women & Girls

$13,682,492 (9%)
424 Grants (20%)

Children & Youth

$9,987,387 (7%)
302 Grants (14%)

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

$57,409,186 (38%)
510 Grants (24%)

Research and Documentation

$29,359,703 (19%)
314 Grants (15%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$20,173,291 (13%)
369 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.
  • FundaciĆ³n 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