Human Rights Defenders

1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$16.5 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 1%
31% Freedom from Violence
30% Human Rights, General
8% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
6% Expression and Information Rights
5% Civic and Political Participation
5% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
4% Social and Cultural Rights
4% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
3% Environmental and Resource Rights
2% Migration and Displacement
2% Health and Well-being Rights
1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
<1% Economic and Labor Rights

Top Funders

  1. Freedom House $2.48 M
  2. American Jewish World Service $1.92 M
  3. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.88 M
  4. National Endowment for Democracy $1.86 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $1.35 M
  6. Hivos $1.06 M
  7. Open Society Foundations $0.87 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.79 M
  9. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.61 M
  10. Ford Foundation $0.44 M
  11. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.41 M
  12. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $0.37 M
  13. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.36 M
  14. Foundation for a Just Society $0.35 M
  15. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $0.29 M
  16. KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights $0.29 M
  17. EEA and Norway Grants $0.26 M
  18. Fondo de Acción Urgente de America Latina $0.25 M
  19. Cordaid $0.25 M
  20. Arcus Foundation $0.18 M
  21. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $0.17 M
  22. The Open Technology Fund $0.17 M
  23. The Overbrook Foundation $0.16 M
  24. Brazil Human Rights Fund $0.13 M
  25. Fundacja Batorego $0.09 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$44.3 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $14.99 M
  2. European Union Institutions $9.86 M
  3. Norway $6.57 M
  4. United States $4.38 M
  5. Finland $2.52 M
  6. Netherlands $2.05 M
  7. Canada $1.99 M
  8. Switzerland $0.74 M
  9. Germany $0.28 M
  10. Ireland $0.28 M
  11. Austria $0.23 M
  12. Spain $0.19 M
  13. Korea $0.11 M
  14. Estonia $0.07 M
  15. United Kingdom $0.03 M
  16. Czech Republic $0.02 M
  17. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$2,860,018 (17%)
80 Grants (15%)

Caribbean

$555,800 (3%)
8 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$358,564 (2%)
32 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$1,905,683 (12%)
14 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$4,029,451 (24%)
110 Grants (21%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,046,691 (18%)
149 Grants (29%)

North America

$989,847 (6%)
29 Grants (6%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,579,905 (22%)
93 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$1,074,451 (7%)
17 Grants (3%)

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.

Issue Focus

Freedom from Violence

$5,135,929 (31%)
204 Grants (39%)

Human Rights, General

$4,877,253 (30%)
46 Grants (9%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$3,973,990 (24%)
296 Grants (57%)

LGBTIQ

$1,123,511 (7%)
62 Grants (12%)

Indigenous Peoples

$1,023,627 (6%)
46 Grants (9%)

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$6,785,247 (41%)
207 Grants (40%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$5,290,375 (32%)
90 Grants (17%)

Security and Resilience

$4,040,542 (24%)
52 Grants (10%)

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

  • Urgent Action Fund - Africa supported Human IS Right in Cameroon to continue the organization's work on current land issues and the imprisonment of 6 women rights activists.
  • Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders supported an anonymous NGO in Syria to issue comprehensive reports on violations against minorities in Syria and to submit complaints in relation to these violations before the international mechanisms, including the UN.

Case Studies

Grants in this category include those that explicitly reference human rights defenders in the grant description, as well as grants from funders that identified all of their funding as supporting this population.