Human Rights Defenders

1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$11.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this 1%
43% Human Rights, General
24% Freedom from Violence
14% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
7% Expression and Information Rights
3% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
3% Environmental and Resource Rights
2% Health and Well-being Rights
2% Migration and Displacement
2% Economic and Labor Rights
1% Civic and Political Participation
1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
1% Social and Cultural Rights

Top Funders

  1. Mama Cash $1.43 M
  2. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.36 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $1.22 M
  4. National Endowment for Democracy $1.08 M
  5. Freedom House $1.05 M
  6. Open Society Foundations $1.00 M
  7. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.63 M
  8. The Oak Foundation $0.50 M
  9. Ford Foundation $0.48 M
  10. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.40 M
  11. KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights $0.35 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.35 M
  13. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.33 M
  14. The Open Technology Fund $0.32 M
  15. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.31 M
  16. Hivos $0.30 M
  17. Fondo de Accion Urgente de America Latina $0.18 M
  18. U.S. Institute of Peace $0.12 M
  19. Mensen met een Missie $0.10 M
  20. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.06 M
  21. The Seattle Foundation $0.05 M
  22. The Overbrook Foundation $0.05 M
  23. General Service Foundation $0.04 M
  24. Karibu Foundation $0.03 M
  25. The Global Fund for Women $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$30.3 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $12.67 M
  2. Norway $3.83 M
  3. Canada $3.72 M
  4. European Union Institutions $3.58 M
  5. Switzerland $1.69 M
  6. United States $1.03 M
  7. Netherlands $0.91 M
  8. Denmark $0.77 M
  9. Finland $0.74 M
  10. United Kingdom $0.46 M
  11. Germany $0.32 M
  12. Spain $0.24 M
  13. Ireland $0.20 M
  14. Belgium $0.19 M
  15. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$1,679,168 (15%)
53 Grants (16%)

Caribbean

$79,140 (1%)
3 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$704,040 (6%)
24 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$1,695,775 (15%)
12 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$2,824,988 (25%)
65 Grants (19%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,131,212 (19%)
110 Grants (32%)

North America

$109,041 (1%)
3 Grants (1%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,718,924 (15%)
71 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$732,091 (7%)
6 Grants (2%)

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

$4,757,209 (43%)
97 Grants (29%)

Freedom from Violence

$2,643,125 (24%)
86 Grants (25%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$1,528,585 (14%)
59 Grants (17%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$3,769,130 (34%)
175 Grants (52%)

Crime or Abuse Victims

$3,053,200 (27%)
116 Grants (34%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$2,593,350 (23%)
37 Grants (11%)

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

  • Global Greengrants Fund supported Kaugalingong Sistema Igpasasandug ti Lumadnong Ogpaan in the Philippines to ensure the safety and well-being of families and human rights defenders acting against mining in their community so that they can continue to defend their rights.
  • American Jewish World Service supported FundaciĆ³n de Estudios Para la AplicaciĆ³n del Derecho in El Salvador to improve the safety and security of human rights defenders through engaging in advocacy, building organizations' capacity to mitigate risks and respond to threats, strengthening national support mechanisms, and monitoring violence against human rights defenders.

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.