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.

12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$282.3 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 12%
66% Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
20% Freedom from Slavery and Trafficking
9% Freedom from Domestic Violence
5% Freedom from Gender/Identity-based Violence

Top Funders

  1. Oak Foundation $42.30 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $22.74 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $18.22 M
  4. Big Lottery Fund $16.44 M
  5. Comic Relief $13.22 M
  6. Human Dignity Foundation $13.03 M
  7. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $12.75 M
  8. The Freedom Fund - London $9.86 M
  9. The Atlantic Philanthropies $9.40 M
  10. Humanity United $8.22 M
  11. Tides Foundation $8.10 M
  12. Freedom House $7.20 M
  13. Foundation to Promote Open Society $7.00 M
  14. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $6.63 M
  15. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $6.34 M
  16. Cordaid $5.05 M
  17. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.43 M
  18. EEA and Norway Grants $4.16 M
  19. Proteus Fund $3.88 M
  20. Fund For Global Human Rights $3.28 M
  21. International Development Research Centre $3.21 M
  22. Fundacja Batorego $3.03 M
  23. Foundation for a Just Society $2.85 M
  24. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $2.56 M
  25. The Global Fund for Women $2.30 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

14%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$520.8 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United Kingdom $69.13 M
  2. Canada $65.18 M
  3. Sweden $57.16 M
  4. Australia $56.26 M
  5. European Union Institutions $45.67 M
  6. United States $42.15 M
  7. Norway $32.08 M
  8. Denmark $28.39 M
  9. Belgium $26.46 M
  10. Germany $18.78 M
  11. Netherlands $16.38 M
  12. Switzerland $12.25 M
  13. Italy $11.04 M
  14. Finland $10.92 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.74 M
  16. Spain $6.32 M
  17. Japan $5.83 M
  18. Ireland $4.60 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.04 M
  20. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.99 M
  21. International Labour Organisation $0.66 M
  22. Iceland $0.55 M
  23. Inter-American Development Bank $0.54 M
  24. France $0.49 M
  25. Luxembourg $0.32 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$42,188,871 (15%)
488 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$4,752,243 (2%)
43 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$21,815,194 (8%)
330 Grants (12%)

Global Programs

$55,785,972 (20%)
208 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$15,750,278 (6%)
340 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$15,295,711 (5%)
169 Grants (6%)

North America

$50,400,915 (18%)
520 Grants (19%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$55,677,935 (20%)
497 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$47,900,353 (17%)
274 Grants (10%)

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

$129,451,103 (46%)
1,614 Grants (58%)

Children & Youth

$117,440,512 (42%)
886 Grants (32%)

Migrants & Refugees

$28,358,636 (10%)
301 Grants (11%)

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

$183,373,917 (65%)
1,811 Grants (65%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$70,400,236 (25%)
546 Grants (19%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$50,670,470 (18%)
590 Grants (21%)

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