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.

3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$57.4 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 3%
68% Freedom of Information
31% Freedom of Opinion and Expression
1% Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, and Correspondence

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $20.27 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $15.89 M
  3. Ford Foundation $5.60 M
  4. Hivos $2.67 M
  5. Anonymous $2.04 M
  6. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $1.53 M
  7. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $0.85 M
  8. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.81 M
  9. Omidyar Network Fund $0.80 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.76 M
  11. The Greater New Orleans Foundation $0.58 M
  12. CS Fund $0.51 M
  13. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $0.37 M
  14. The Oak Foundation $0.37 M
  15. Mensen met een Missie $0.34 M
  16. Humanity United $0.30 M
  17. Cordaid $0.27 M
  18. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $0.25 M
  19. Alphawood Foundation $0.23 M
  20. Leon Levy Foundation $0.21 M
  21. The Kaplen Foundation $0.21 M
  22. U.S. Institute of Peace $0.19 M
  23. Nationale Postcode Loterij $0.18 M
  24. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $0.14 M
  25. Proteus Fund $0.13 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$17.8 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $4.32 M
  2. Denmark $3.79 M
  3. Sweden $3.35 M
  4. United States $2.59 M
  5. European Union Institutions $1.99 M
  6. Finland $0.45 M
  7. Norway $0.32 M
  8. Spain $0.29 M
  9. Belgium $0.22 M
  10. Netherlands $0.16 M
  11. Switzerland $0.15 M
  12. Germany $0.07 M
  13. United Kingdom $0.06 M
  14. Czech Republic $0.004 M
  15. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$10,701,457 (19%)
118 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$868,207 (2%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$9,665,334 (17%)
181 Grants (27%)

Global Programs

$9,617,235 (17%)
65 Grants (10%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,063,316 (9%)
83 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$6,618,889 (12%)
37 Grants (5%)

North America

$8,004,959 (14%)
84 Grants (12%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$6,950,260 (12%)
97 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$2,000,926 (3%)
32 Grants (5%)

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

$3,337,807 (6%)
34 Grants (5%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$3,023,245 (5%)
31 Grants (5%)

Women & Girls

$2,325,284 (4%)
49 Grants (7%)

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

  • National Endowment for Democracy gave to Pakistan Press Foundation to build the capacity of civil society organizations in Pakistan in order to increase information sharing and cooperation between rural journalists and civil society organizations.
  • HIVOS gave to Africa Book Development Organization in Zimbabwe for community empowerment through access to information, education, and communication materials and the promotion of literature through study circles.

Case Studies