Human Rights Defenders

1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$9.3 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this 1%
57% Human Rights, General
25% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
5% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
4% Expression and Information Rights
4% Freedom from Violence
2% Environmental and Resource Rights
1% Economic and Labor Rights
1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
1% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
1% Health and Well-being Rights
<1% Civic and Political Participation
<1% Social and Cultural Rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $1.24 M
  2. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $1.13 M
  3. Anonymous $0.84 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $0.79 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $0.77 M
  6. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $0.73 M
  7. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.69 M
  8. Freedom House $0.65 M
  9. Ford Foundation $0.50 M
  10. Hivos $0.31 M
  11. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.31 M
  12. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.29 M
  13. American Jewish World Service $0.22 M
  14. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.21 M
  15. Fondo de Accion Urgente de America Latina $0.16 M
  16. Arab Human Rights Fund $0.13 M
  17. Mensen met een Missie $0.07 M
  18. New Israel Fund $0.06 M
  19. The Overbrook Foundation $0.05 M
  20. The Seattle Foundation $0.05 M
  21. Mama Cash $0.05 M
  22. Brazil Human Rights Fund $0.04 M
  23. Channel Foundation $0.03 M
  24. General Service Foundation $0.02 M
  25. Fund for Nonviolence $0.02 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$23.7 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $5.13 M
  2. Sweden $4.78 M
  3. Canada $4.48 M
  4. Norway $4.13 M
  5. United States $1.69 M
  6. Finland $0.84 M
  7. Switzerland $0.67 M
  8. Spain $0.55 M
  9. Denmark $0.54 M
  10. Netherlands $0.33 M
  11. Germany $0.28 M
  12. United Kingdom $0.20 M
  13. Ireland $0.05 M
  14. Czech Republic $0.01 M
  15. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$1,297,362 (14%)
45 Grants (16%)

Caribbean

$55,030 (1%)
1 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$951,406 (10%)
26 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$1,904,630 (20%)
7 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$738,694 (8%)
55 Grants (20%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,603,652 (28%)
77 Grants (28%)

North America

$88,960 (1%)
8 Grants (3%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,295,330 (14%)
57 Grants (20%)

Western Europe

$385,924 (4%)
8 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

Human Rights, General

$5,334,416 (57%)
84 Grants (30%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$2,310,860 (25%)
74 Grants (26%)

Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law

$435,659 (5%)
10 Grants (4%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$2,125,870 (23%)
160 Grants (57%)

Crime or Abuse Victims

$518,316 (6%)
60 Grants (21%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$383,801 (4%)
22 Grants (8%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders gave an urgent grant for temporary relocation of an anonymous Syrian human rights defender and his family to a neighboring country due to cumulative life threats.
  • Ford Foundation gave to Akiba Uhaki Foundation in Kenya for research, training, and technical assistance to help human rights defenders in East Africa and link them with their counterparts in West, Southern, and North Africa.

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.