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.

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$97.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $15.06 M
  2. Ford Foundation $10.38 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $7.94 M
  4. Public Welfare Foundation $7.01 M
  5. Comic Relief UK $6.19 M
  6. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.75 M
  7. Humanity United $2.48 M
  8. The San Francisco Foundation $2.20 M
  9. Hivos $2.14 M
  10. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.04 M
  11. The Joyce Foundation $1.90 M
  12. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.78 M
  13. Trust for London $1.62 M
  14. The Atlantic Philanthropies $1.51 M
  15. American Jewish World Service $1.45 M
  16. Mama Cash $1.34 M
  17. Levi Strauss Foundation $1.16 M
  18. Surdna Foundation $1.15 M
  19. Tides Foundation $1.15 M
  20. NoVo Foundation $1.08 M
  21. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.89 M
  22. The Oak Foundation $0.84 M
  23. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.68 M
  24. NEO Philanthropy $0.67 M
  25. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.66 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

3%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$103.8 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $59.68 M
  2. Norway $14.36 M
  3. Belgium $5.35 M
  4. Canada $4.81 M
  5. European Union Institutions $4.59 M
  6. Sweden $4.01 M
  7. Germany $3.30 M
  8. Australia $2.10 M
  9. Finland $1.57 M
  10. France $1.03 M
  11. Denmark $0.88 M
  12. Spain $0.69 M
  13. Switzerland $0.69 M
  14. Netherlands $0.38 M
  15. Japan $0.12 M
  16. United Kingdom $0.08 M
  17. New Zealand $0.06 M
  18. Italy $0.06 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.05 M
  20. Czech Republic $0.03 M
  21. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$13,940,141 (14%)
208 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$1,447,938 (1%)
16 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$3,566,872 (4%)
65 Grants (5%)

Global Programs

$5,580,740 (6%)
62 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$9,015,489 (9%)
128 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,360,264 (3%)
30 Grants (2%)

North America

$44,496,390 (46%)
543 Grants (44%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$15,286,917 (16%)
151 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$3,949,026 (4%)
52 Grants (4%)

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

$53,902,614 (55%)
579 Grants (47%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$29,311,249 (30%)
373 Grants (30%)

Women & Girls

$28,215,035 (29%)
408 Grants (33%)

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

  • Comic Relief UK supported Traidcraft Exchange in Kenya to train farmers' groups and workers' representatives that export fresh vegetables to supermarkets in the United Kingdom, as well as supermarket management, about worker's rights, and to improve working conditions.
  • UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality supported Fondo de Mujeres del Sur and Fondo Alquimia to defend the social and economic rights of informal sector workers in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay and work towards the recognition of labor rights for domestic workers and seamstresses through a variety of key strategies, partnerships, and alliances.

Case Studies