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

$103.2 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 4%
50% Freedom of Information
44% Freedom of Opinion and Expression
6% Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, and Correspondence

Top Funders

  1. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $30.00 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $19.76 M
  3. Wikimedia Foundation $6.21 M
  4. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $5.00 M
  5. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.55 M
  6. Ford Foundation $4.02 M
  7. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $3.02 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.52 M
  9. The Charles LĂ©opold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress $2.49 M
  10. Tides Foundation $2.31 M
  11. Big Lottery Fund $1.58 M
  12. Foundation to Promote Open Society $1.44 M
  13. The Open Technology Fund $1.38 M
  14. American Jewish World Service $0.98 M
  15. Hivos $0.95 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $0.75 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.73 M
  18. Carnegie Corporation of New York $0.70 M
  19. Media Democracy Fund $0.70 M
  20. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $0.69 M
  21. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $0.63 M
  22. Nationale Postcode Loterij $0.56 M
  23. Mensen met een Missie $0.53 M
  24. Oak Foundation $0.52 M
  25. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.50 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$34.4 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $11.57 M
  2. United States $8.83 M
  3. Norway $4.01 M
  4. European Union Institutions $2.70 M
  5. Finland $2.65 M
  6. United Kingdom $1.62 M
  7. Canada $1.50 M
  8. Netherlands $0.82 M
  9. Spain $0.45 M
  10. Germany $0.10 M
  11. Switzerland $0.08 M
  12. Estonia $0.06 M
  13. Denmark $0.03 M
  14. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.02 M
  15. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$7,663,643 (7%)
151 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$2,403,238 (2%)
18 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$7,244,398 (7%)
183 Grants (17%)

Global Programs

$18,788,446 (18%)
91 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,098,335 (5%)
116 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,350,949 (3%)
92 Grants (9%)

North America

$44,394,480 (43%)
209 Grants (20%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$5,324,788 (5%)
114 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$9,503,633 (9%)
100 Grants (9%)

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

$11,916,040 (12%)
261 Grants (25%)

Children & Youth

$4,810,365 (5%)
245 Grants (23%)

LGBTIQ

$1,806,126 (2%)
19 Grants (2%)

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

$50,300,689 (49%)
711 Grants (67%)

Litigation and Legal Aid

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$15,818,923 (15%)
274 Grants (26%)

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