Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Republic of Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$277.7 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $44.01 M
  2. Comic Relief $38.63 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $32.18 M
  4. Ford Foundation $25.61 M
  5. National Endowment for Democracy $15.31 M
  6. Hivos $12.80 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $11.71 M
  8. Cordaid $9.12 M
  9. Segal Family Foundation $7.98 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $7.55 M
  11. Stephen Lewis Foundation $6.18 M
  12. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.98 M
  13. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $4.80 M
  14. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.49 M
  15. Open Doors International $4.30 M
  16. Fund For Global Human Rights $4.18 M
  17. NoVo Foundation $3.98 M
  18. Humanity United $3.86 M
  19. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.64 M
  20. The Atlantic Philanthropies $3.61 M
  21. The Coca-Cola Foundation $3.50 M
  22. Mensen met een Missie $3.39 M
  23. Stop AIDS Now $3.27 M
  24. African Women's Development Fund $2.25 M
  25. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.24 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

30%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.2 Billion out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $198.15 M
  2. Norway $116.03 M
  3. Global Fund $109.92 M
  4. Canada $101.96 M
  5. United Kingdom $87.31 M
  6. European Union Institutions $87.17 M
  7. United States $75.45 M
  8. Denmark $58.82 M
  9. Germany $50.44 M
  10. Finland $48.45 M
  11. Belgium $47.24 M
  12. Switzerland $23.83 M
  13. Netherlands $23.47 M
  14. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $18.51 M
  15. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $17.58 M
  16. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $14.99 M
  17. Ireland $14.31 M
  18. Spain $14.18 M
  19. Italy $10.36 M
  20. Japan $8.64 M
  21. France $5.80 M
  22. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.50 M
  23. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $3.27 M
  24. International Development Association $3.25 M
  25. Austria $2.51 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Health and Well-being Rights

$55,204,743 (20%)
407 Grants (14%)

Freedom from Violence

$34,017,828 (12%)
426 Grants (15%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$32,779,310 (12%)
301 Grants (10%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$89,917,130 (32%)
1,134 Grants (39%)

Children & Youth

$76,917,329 (28%)
841 Grants (29%)

LGBTIQ

$9,818,754 (4%)
186 Grants (6%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$104,020,823 (37%)
1,009 Grants (35%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$45,574,963 (16%)
617 Grants (21%)

Research and Documentation

$37,133,721 (13%)
354 Grants (12%)

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

  • Akiba Uhaki Foundation supported Mouvement Des Peuples Pour L'education Aux Droits Humains Au Rwanda to strengthen citizen participation in local governance in Musha Sector.
  • Oak Foundation supported Pathfinder International in the USA to work with families and young men to prevent violence to children, especially sexual violence, in households and at the community level in Northern Unguja, Zanzibar.

Case Studies