Freedom from Violence

Supporting the right to freedom from inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment and torture. Torture is the deliberate infliction of severe physical or psychological pain, often by state agents, with the intention of causing suffering. This category includes grants related to gender and identity-based violence, domestic violence, rape, enforced disappearance, forced labor, forced pregnancy, gun violence, capital punishment, and the protection of human rights defenders.

8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$217.5 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 8%
64% Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
19% Freedom from Slavery and Trafficking
11% Freedom from Domestic Violence
5% Freedom from Gender/Identity-based Violence

Top Funders

  1. NoVo Foundation $32.99 M
  2. Comic Relief $28.19 M
  3. The Oak Foundation $22.60 M
  4. EEA and Norway Grants $20.20 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $10.89 M
  6. American Jewish World Service $10.58 M
  7. Humanity United $7.83 M
  8. Hivos $6.67 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $6.34 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.92 M
  11. The Atlantic Philanthropies $4.60 M
  12. Blue Shield of California Foundation $4.41 M
  13. Open Society Fund Prague $3.65 M
  14. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.65 M
  15. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.46 M
  16. Human Dignity Foundation $3.12 M
  17. Proteus Fund $3.12 M
  18. Foundation for a Just Society $3.10 M
  19. NEO Philanthropy $2.93 M
  20. Cordaid $2.73 M
  21. Ford Foundation $2.30 M
  22. The Global Fund for Women $2.14 M
  23. Trust for London $2.00 M
  24. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.85 M
  25. The Freedom Fund - London $1.71 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

15%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$563 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $104.66 M
  2. Sweden $82.29 M
  3. United States $54.01 M
  4. United Kingdom $52.40 M
  5. Norway $47.29 M
  6. Australia $44.89 M
  7. European Union Institutions $38.24 M
  8. Belgium $25.85 M
  9. Germany $24.24 M
  10. Denmark $21.14 M
  11. Finland $15.25 M
  12. Netherlands $10.73 M
  13. Italy $8.59 M
  14. Switzerland $7.74 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.44 M
  16. Spain $5.28 M
  17. Japan $4.64 M
  18. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $2.12 M
  19. Ireland $1.94 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.79 M
  21. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.56 M
  22. Iceland $0.55 M
  23. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.54 M
  24. Austria $0.45 M
  25. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $0.31 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$18,839,795 (9%)
360 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$1,820,294 (1%)
45 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$32,148,822 (15%)
423 Grants (16%)

Global Programs

$32,880,945 (15%)
125 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$12,599,315 (6%)
322 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,054,360 (3%)
139 Grants (5%)

North America

$56,225,804 (26%)
604 Grants (23%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$34,017,828 (16%)
426 Grants (16%)

Western Europe

$27,681,646 (13%)
244 Grants (9%)

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

$103,064,562 (47%)
1,469 Grants (56%)

Children & Youth

$72,251,931 (33%)
814 Grants (31%)

Migrants & Refugees

$35,000,588 (16%)
258 Grants (10%)

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

$106,382,396 (49%)
968 Grants (37%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$46,749,018 (21%)
540 Grants (21%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$29,619,798 (14%)
510 Grants (19%)

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

  • The International Development Research Centre supported Instituto de Investigacion LACSO in Venezuela to undertake research on the role of institutions in provoking, sustaining, or reducing poverty, inequality and violence in Venezuelan cities.
  • The Rees-Jones Foundation supported International Justice Mission in the USA for an initiative to increase the capacity and will of Indian public justice systems to address bonded labor.

Case Studies