Economic and Labor Rights

Supporting the right to desirable work, which includes the right to free choice of employment, safe conditions and just remuneration, protection against unemployment, reasonable access to rest and leisure, and equal pay for equal work. This right also protects against forced labor, exploitative labor, child labor, and labor discrimination. It also incorporates the right to free association (that is, to form labor unions) and to pursue collective bargaining.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$149 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $31.10 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $16.83 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $16.06 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $12.10 M
  5. EEA and Norway Grants $8.33 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $6.41 M
  7. Public Welfare Foundation $5.46 M
  8. Open Society Foundations $4.89 M
  9. New Israel Fund $4.03 M
  10. Cordaid $3.50 M
  11. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $2.72 M
  12. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.11 M
  13. Trust for London $1.87 M
  14. Comic Relief $1.79 M
  15. American Jewish World Service $1.59 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.55 M
  17. Avina Americas $1.52 M
  18. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $1.37 M
  19. Surdna Foundation $1.36 M
  20. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.29 M
  21. The Rockefeller Foundation $1.09 M
  22. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $1.06 M
  23. Hivos $0.97 M
  24. Marguerite Casey Foundation $0.89 M
  25. Mama Cash $0.80 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$53.4 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $18.89 M
  2. Norway $11.61 M
  3. Germany $3.75 M
  4. Belgium $3.71 M
  5. Switzerland $3.51 M
  6. Canada $3.10 M
  7. Finland $2.97 M
  8. European Union Institutions $2.92 M
  9. Spain $1.14 M
  10. Denmark $0.80 M
  11. France $0.36 M
  12. Netherlands $0.18 M
  13. Sweden $0.17 M
  14. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.17 M
  15. Austria $0.08 M
  16. United Kingdom $0.03 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.01 M
  18. Australia $858
  19. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$9,249,638 (6%)
128 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$1,110,539 (1%)
7 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,900,413 (6%)
134 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$5,378,991 (4%)
31 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,806,930 (8%)
161 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$8,224,942 (6%)
139 Grants (11%)

North America

$87,685,512 (59%)
425 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$11,744,603 (8%)
127 Grants (10%)

Western Europe

$9,905,366 (7%)
101 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

Women & Girls

$38,165,299 (26%)
377 Grants (31%)

Migrants & Refugees

$25,313,335 (17%)
235 Grants (19%)

Children & Youth

$11,017,074 (7%)
181 Grants (15%)

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

$77,201,500 (52%)
446 Grants (36%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$28,126,280 (19%)
195 Grants (16%)

Research and Documentation

$26,872,805 (18%)
77 Grants (6%)

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

  • National Endowment for Democracy supported Solidarity Center in the USA to educate and empower Haitian migrant workers to exercise their rights under Dominican law; strengthen the capacity of Dominican and Haitian unions to advocate for respect for the rights of migrant workers; and improve access to justice for migrant workers who are denied fundamental labor rights.
  • The Nathan Cummings Foundation supported the National Domestic Workers Alliance in the USA to transform the domestic care industry by improving standards, developing domestic workers as leaders, conducting studies, and advocating for reform measures.

Case Studies