Expression and Information Rights

Supporting the rights to information, privacy, and freedom of opinion and expression through activities that serve principles of openness and inclusiveness across a range of media.

4%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$119 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 4%
89% Freedom of Information
8% Freedom of Opinion and Expression
3% Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, and Correspondence

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $22.18 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $15.03 M
  3. Ford Foundation $13.18 M
  4. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $10.00 M
  5. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $9.38 M
  6. Wikimedia Foundation $7.39 M
  7. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $5.20 M
  8. The Open Technology Fund $4.20 M
  9. Hivos $3.71 M
  10. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $3.69 M
  11. The Skoll Foundation $2.75 M
  12. EEA and Norway Grants $1.83 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.83 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $1.33 M
  15. Proteus Fund $1.13 M
  16. The Oak Foundation $0.94 M
  17. Mensen met een Missie $0.88 M
  18. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $0.85 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.83 M
  20. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.70 M
  21. Nationale Postcode Loterij $0.66 M
  22. CS Fund $0.62 M
  23. Laura and John Arnold Foundation $0.61 M
  24. Democracy Fund $0.55 M
  25. The Bauman Foundation $0.54 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$24.2 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $5.54 M
  2. European Union Institutions $5.50 M
  3. Norway $4.14 M
  4. Finland $2.66 M
  5. Sweden $2.34 M
  6. Canada $1.58 M
  7. Netherlands $0.96 M
  8. United Kingdom $0.50 M
  9. Spain $0.32 M
  10. Switzerland $0.20 M
  11. Germany $0.14 M
  12. Denmark $0.13 M
  13. Estonia $0.07 M
  14. Romania $0.06 M
  15. Poland $0.04 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.02 M
  17. Lithuania $0.01 M
  18. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$24,564,529 (21%)
149 Grants (15%)

Caribbean

$773,448 (1%)
13 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,775,963 (7%)
185 Grants (18%)

Global Programs

$41,122,035 (35%)
80 Grants (8%)

Latin America & Mexico

$14,628,934 (12%)
127 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,667,512 (3%)
68 Grants (7%)

North America

$29,691,991 (25%)
241 Grants (24%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$21,947,766 (18%)
111 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$7,241,174 (6%)
66 Grants (7%)

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

Women & Girls

$15,423,323 (13%)
79 Grants (8%)

Children & Youth

$5,042,246 (4%)
78 Grants (8%)

LGBTIQ

$2,452,171 (2%)
38 Grants (4%)

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

Media and Technology

$85,856,944 (72%)
689 Grants (68%)

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$35,181,409 (30%)
202 Grants (20%)

Research and Documentation

$27,332,174 (23%)
137 Grants (14%)

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

  • Cordaid supported Fondation HIRONDELLE in Switzerland for Radio Ndeke Luka, to build Central African media and democratic society.
  • NoVo Foundation supported Women's Media Center in the USA to monitor media coverage of women; conduct media trainings to advance diverse women and girls' leadership; educate the press on the impact of sexist media coverage; and raise awareness among press outlets on rape and sexualized violence as tools of genocide and conflict.

Case Studies