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.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$114 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Foundation to Promote Open Society $11.63 M
  2. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $7.31 M
  3. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $6.11 M
  4. Alliance for Open Society International $5.02 M
  5. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.82 M
  6. Freedom House $4.64 M
  7. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.13 M
  8. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria $3.19 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $2.75 M
  10. Tides Foundation $2.72 M
  11. Comic Relief $2.58 M
  12. Ford Foundation $2.56 M
  13. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $2.40 M
  14. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.40 M
  15. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.35 M
  16. NoVo Foundation $2.10 M
  17. The Libra Foundation $2.06 M
  18. The Duke Endowment $2.00 M
  19. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $1.52 M
  20. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.41 M
  21. Oak Foundation $1.37 M
  22. Foundation for a Just Society $1.33 M
  23. Walton Family Foundation $1.28 M
  24. The Barrow Cadbury Trust $1.26 M
  25. The Skoll Foundation $1.25 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

5%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$197.1 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $34.66 M
  2. European Union Institutions $28.01 M
  3. United Kingdom $27.92 M
  4. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $16.29 M
  5. Sweden $12.99 M
  6. Australia $12.43 M
  7. Denmark $10.78 M
  8. Canada $10.61 M
  9. Norway $9.50 M
  10. Switzerland $8.64 M
  11. Germany $6.66 M
  12. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.23 M
  13. Netherlands $3.99 M
  14. Italy $1.61 M
  15. Finland $1.04 M
  16. Japan $1.00 M
  17. Ireland $0.93 M
  18. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.69 M
  19. Belgium $0.58 M
  20. Spain $0.50 M
  21. Korea $0.38 M
  22. New Zealand $0.34 M
  23. France $0.33 M
  24. Luxembourg $0.30 M
  25. Austria $0.23 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$5,715,176 (5%)
70 Grants (7%)

Caribbean

$1,048,345 (1%)
11 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,671,190 (2%)
46 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$5,976,078 (5%)
40 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,101,574 (4%)
51 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,825,164 (2%)
35 Grants (3%)

North America

$74,372,839 (65%)
648 Grants (61%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$11,635,592 (10%)
100 Grants (9%)

Western Europe

$7,046,195 (6%)
85 Grants (8%)

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

$26,965,935 (24%)
257 Grants (24%)

Women & Girls

$13,957,752 (12%)
140 Grants (13%)

Migrants & Refugees

$3,273,678 (3%)
67 Grants (6%)

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

$55,506,511 (49%)
530 Grants (50%)

Litigation and Legal Aid

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$13,986,757 (12%)
87 Grants (8%)

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