Human Rights Defenders

1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$16.1 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 1%
24% Human Rights, General
23% Freedom from Violence
14% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
11% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
7% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
7% Expression and Information Rights
7% Civic and Political Participation
2% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
2% Environmental and Resource Rights
1% Migration and Displacement
1% Social and Cultural Rights
<1% Health and Well-being Rights
<1% Economic and Labor Rights

Top Funders

  1. The Oak Foundation $4.29 M
  2. Freedom House $2.00 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $1.77 M
  4. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.68 M
  5. Open Society Foundations $0.96 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $0.95 M
  7. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $0.84 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.63 M
  9. Hivos $0.55 M
  10. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.51 M
  11. Mama Cash $0.41 M
  12. Ford Foundation $0.30 M
  13. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.29 M
  14. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.27 M
  15. New Israel Fund $0.21 M
  16. Fondo de Acción Urgente de America Latina $0.21 M
  17. Akiba Uhaki Foundation $0.20 M
  18. The Open Technology Fund $0.11 M
  19. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $0.09 M
  20. The Overbrook Foundation $0.08 M
  21. Humanity United $0.07 M
  22. KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights $0.05 M
  23. Tides Foundation $0.05 M
  24. Wallace Global Fund II $0.05 M
  25. Channel Foundation $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$34.7 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $14.06 M
  2. Norway $7.13 M
  3. European Union Institutions $6.09 M
  4. United States $1.56 M
  5. Switzerland $1.37 M
  6. Netherlands $1.34 M
  7. Finland $1.13 M
  8. Denmark $0.50 M
  9. Germany $0.43 M
  10. Canada $0.41 M
  11. Ireland $0.39 M
  12. United Kingdom $0.16 M
  13. Belgium $0.13 M
  14. Czech Republic $0.01 M
  15. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$1,308,748 (8%)
48 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$1,076,599 (7%)
6 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$210,892 (1%)
21 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$3,457,190 (21%)
12 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$3,446,679 (21%)
85 Grants (23%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,890,725 (18%)
114 Grants (31%)

North America

$2,386,067 (15%)
18 Grants (5%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,172,955 (13%)
68 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$265,445 (2%)
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

$3,846,746 (24%)
55 Grants (15%)

Freedom from Violence

$3,793,636 (23%)
109 Grants (29%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$2,188,974 (14%)
70 Grants (19%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$3,249,399 (20%)
148 Grants (40%)

Migrants & Refugees

$2,245,443 (14%)
24 Grants (6%)

Children & Youth

$640,328 (4%)
29 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.

Strategy Focus

Security and Resilience

$6,923,851 (43%)
67 Grants (18%)

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$5,029,403 (31%)
112 Grants (30%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$3,830,054 (24%)
96 Grants (26%)

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.