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.

7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$159.7 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 7%
51% Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
19% Freedom from Slavery and Trafficking
14% Freedom from Gender/Identity-based Violence
11% Freedom from Domestic Violence

Top Funders

  1. The Oak Foundation $22.24 M
  2. Comic Relief UK $21.63 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $21.57 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $11.70 M
  5. NoVo Foundation $9.75 M
  6. The International Development Research Centre $7.96 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $7.70 M
  8. Ford Foundation $5.65 M
  9. EEA and Norway Grants $5.32 M
  10. Humanity United $5.20 M
  11. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.65 M
  12. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.35 M
  13. The Global Fund for Women $2.41 M
  14. Tides Foundation $2.20 M
  15. The Henry Smith Charity $2.18 M
  16. Proteus Fund $1.89 M
  17. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.86 M
  18. Foundation for a Just Society $1.62 M
  19. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $1.50 M
  20. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.42 M
  21. Hivos $1.41 M
  22. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.39 M
  23. The Northern Rock Foundation $1.35 M
  24. Trust for London $1.27 M
  25. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $1.08 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$457 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $84.99 M
  2. Canada $63.86 M
  3. European Union Institutions $51.32 M
  4. Norway $45.61 M
  5. United States $35.83 M
  6. United Kingdom $28.13 M
  7. Australia $27.53 M
  8. Denmark $26.06 M
  9. Germany $22.32 M
  10. Netherlands $9.55 M
  11. Finland $8.58 M
  12. Belgium $7.31 M
  13. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $7.19 M
  14. Switzerland $6.96 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.59 M
  16. Ireland $6.39 M
  17. Spain $6.18 M
  18. Korea $3.65 M
  19. Italy $2.99 M
  20. Japan $1.77 M
  21. Austria $0.91 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $0.60 M
  23. Iceland $0.58 M
  24. France $0.42 M
  25. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.41 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$18,947,643 (12%)
315 Grants (16%)

Caribbean

$1,431,912 (1%)
30 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$14,414,462 (9%)
215 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$24,471,587 (15%)
144 Grants (8%)

Latin America & Mexico

$14,925,525 (9%)
282 Grants (15%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,062,456 (3%)
84 Grants (4%)

North America

$26,147,041 (16%)
330 Grants (17%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$44,350,623 (28%)
365 Grants (19%)

Western Europe

$19,463,909 (12%)
191 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

$79,651,981 (50%)
1,098 Grants (57%)

Children & Youth

$65,681,142 (41%)
627 Grants (33%)

Migrants & Refugees

$18,859,351 (12%)
259 Grants (14%)

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

$41,225,610 (26%)
431 Grants (23%)

Research and Documentation

$28,875,549 (18%)
238 Grants (12%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$26,814,262 (17%)
304 Grants (16%)

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