Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law

Supporting the ability of people to seek and obtain a remedy through formal or informal institutions of justice for grievance in compliance with human rights standards. This includes normative legal protection, legal awareness, legal aid and counsel, adjudication, enforcement, and civil society oversight.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$149.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $38.72 M
  2. Ford Foundation $20.55 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $11.56 M
  4. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.56 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $8.76 M
  6. Public Welfare Foundation $8.16 M
  7. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $5.40 M
  8. Freedom House $4.45 M
  9. The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $4.02 M
  10. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $3.94 M
  11. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $3.16 M
  12. National Endowment for Democracy $2.50 M
  13. HJW Foundation $2.32 M
  14. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.54 M
  15. EEA and Norway Grants $1.41 M
  16. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.31 M
  17. The New York Community Trust $1.24 M
  18. Claws Foundation $1.00 M
  19. Eurasia Partnership Foundation $0.69 M
  20. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.68 M
  21. Searle Freedom Trust $0.65 M
  22. Hivos $0.65 M
  23. Walton Family Foundation $0.58 M
  24. The California Endowment $0.58 M
  25. Trust for London $0.58 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

5%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$189.2 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $21.90 M
  2. Canada $19.96 M
  3. Sweden $18.44 M
  4. European Union Institutions $17.84 M
  5. Australia $17.48 M
  6. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $17.10 M
  7. Norway $14.54 M
  8. Denmark $10.74 M
  9. Germany $9.17 M
  10. United Kingdom $7.88 M
  11. Finland $7.82 M
  12. Switzerland $7.49 M
  13. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.70 M
  14. Japan $2.90 M
  15. Belgium $2.55 M
  16. Netherlands $1.87 M
  17. Ireland $1.62 M
  18. Spain $0.98 M
  19. Luxembourg $0.72 M
  20. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.52 M
  21. Italy $0.39 M
  22. France $0.24 M
  23. Korea $0.12 M
  24. Austria $0.11 M
  25. Iceland $0.06 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$11,004,976 (7%)
66 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$2,274,227 (2%)
6 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,716,251 (5%)
101 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$9,857,817 (7%)
61 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,615,622 (7%)
83 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,330,073 (2%)
29 Grants (3%)

North America

$88,664,581 (59%)
583 Grants (52%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$12,404,169 (8%)
135 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$13,157,772 (9%)
72 Grants (6%)

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

Children & Youth

$24,757,733 (17%)
228 Grants (21%)

Women & Girls

$14,335,801 (10%)
130 Grants (12%)

Migrants & Refugees

$11,875,969 (8%)
90 Grants (8%)

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

$57,017,987 (38%)
378 Grants (34%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$29,459,653 (20%)
177 Grants (16%)

Research and Documentation

$21,858,585 (15%)
198 Grants (18%)

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

  • Humanity United supported the International Commission of Jurists in Kenya for its international justice program focused on advocacy for accountability at the national, regional and international level.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation supported Pretrial Justice Institute in the USA to provide technical assistance and training to sites exploring juvenile detention alternatives.

Case Studies