Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, C├┤te 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

13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$226.8 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Anonymous $63.00 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $18.43 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $17.30 M
  4. Ford Foundation $16.37 M
  5. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $15.79 M
  6. Humanity United $8.56 M
  7. Hivos $8.45 M
  8. Tides Foundation $5.85 M
  9. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.72 M
  10. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.67 M
  11. The Oak Foundation $5.25 M
  12. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.75 M
  13. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.69 M
  14. Cordaid $3.55 M
  15. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.46 M
  16. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.39 M
  17. American Jewish World Service $3.38 M
  18. Mensen met een Missie $2.69 M
  19. African Women's Development Fund $2.61 M
  20. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $2.37 M
  21. Fund For Global Human Rights $2.32 M
  22. The Global Fund for Women $2.09 M
  23. Freedom House $1.70 M
  24. NoVo Foundation $1.49 M
  25. TrustAfrica $1.29 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1 Billion out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $119.62 M
  2. Sweden $109.14 M
  3. Canada $103.20 M
  4. Global Fund $101.26 M
  5. Norway $95.61 M
  6. European Union Institutions $88.07 M
  7. Ireland $87.20 M
  8. Spain $47.49 M
  9. United Kingdom $42.75 M
  10. Denmark $40.39 M
  11. Germany $28.05 M
  12. Netherlands $24.92 M
  13. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $22.94 M
  14. Finland $22.56 M
  15. Belgium $16.28 M
  16. International Development Association $14.24 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $10.50 M
  18. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $9.66 M
  19. Japan $7.21 M
  20. Italy $6.77 M
  21. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $6.72 M
  22. Switzerland $6.00 M
  23. France $4.09 M
  24. Austria $3.12 M
  25. Australia $2.21 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$52,526,587 (23%)
553 Grants (23%)

Human Rights, General

$36,812,425 (16%)
606 Grants (25%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$20,960,790 (9%)
176 Grants (7%)

Population Focus

Economically Disadvantaged

$103,600,822 (46%)
546 Grants (23%)

Women & Girls

$78,199,638 (34%)
1,056 Grants (44%)

Children & Youth

$53,420,357 (24%)
428 Grants (18%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • TrustAfrica gave to Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development in Zimbabwe to support their campaigns to advance social and economic rights.
  • African Women's Development Fund gave grant to Association Feminine Somdelwende in Burkina Faso to provide literacy training to facilitate income generation activities and strengthen women's voices to challenge stereotypical structures and discriminatory treatment of women.

Case Studies