Human Rights Defenders

1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$16.8 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this 1%
56% Freedom from Violence
11% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
9% Human Rights, General
6% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
6% Civic and Political Participation
3% Expression and Information Rights
2% Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
2% Social and Cultural Rights
2% Environmental and Resource Rights
1% Migration and Displacement
1% Economic and Labor Rights
1% Health and Well-being Rights
<1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Top Funders

  1. Freedom House $4.52 M
  2. Foundation for a Just Society $1.98 M
  3. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.54 M
  4. Oak Foundation $1.22 M
  5. NoVo Foundation $0.83 M
  6. Foundation to Promote Open Society $0.76 M
  7. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.67 M
  8. American Jewish World Service $0.66 M
  9. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.65 M
  10. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $0.55 M
  11. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $0.51 M
  12. National Endowment for Democracy $0.51 M
  13. Hivos $0.47 M
  14. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.34 M
  15. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.33 M
  16. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $0.33 M
  17. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.31 M
  18. The Overbrook Foundation $0.23 M
  19. Fondo de Acción Urgente de America Latina $0.23 M
  20. The Freedom Fund - London $0.20 M
  21. New Israel Foundation $0.19 M
  22. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $0.19 M
  23. Ford Foundation $0.16 M
  24. Mama Cash $0.14 M
  25. Arcus Foundation $0.13 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$49 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $12.83 M
  2. European Union Institutions $12.25 M
  3. Norway $6.92 M
  4. United States $6.35 M
  5. Finland $3.50 M
  6. Netherlands $1.93 M
  7. Belgium $1.42 M
  8. Canada $1.06 M
  9. United Kingdom $0.65 M
  10. Switzerland $0.65 M
  11. Germany $0.53 M
  12. Ireland $0.49 M
  13. Spain $0.18 M
  14. Austria $0.14 M
  15. Estonia $0.06 M
  16. Italy $0.01 M
  17. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$3,555,800 (21%)
83 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$848,886 (5%)
6 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,239,721 (7%)
29 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$2,057,167 (12%)
16 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$3,535,876 (21%)
101 Grants (21%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,909,559 (17%)
141 Grants (29%)

North America

$345,820 (2%)
25 Grants (5%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,635,885 (22%)
87 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$1,710,119 (10%)
6 Grants (1%)

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

$9,361,802 (56%)
192 Grants (40%)

Human Rights, General

$1,514,350 (9%)
39 Grants (8%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$3,503,139 (21%)
207 Grants (43%)

LGBTIQ

$2,127,538 (13%)
54 Grants (11%)

Children & Youth

$628,664 (4%)
26 Grants (5%)

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

$11,769,909 (70%)
279 Grants (58%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$3,646,469 (22%)
95 Grants (20%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$3,122,942 (19%)
80 Grants (17%)

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.