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

13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$237.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $53.10 M
  2. Ford Foundation $22.95 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $15.00 M
  4. National Endowment for Democracy $13.86 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $13.42 M
  6. Hivos $12.68 M
  7. Open Society Foundations $10.64 M
  8. Humanity United $8.69 M
  9. The Foundation for Civil Society $6.81 M
  10. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.89 M
  11. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.78 M
  12. Tides Foundation $4.70 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.68 M
  14. Cordaid $4.48 M
  15. The Oak Foundation $4.47 M
  16. Nationale Postcode Loterij $3.96 M
  17. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.75 M
  18. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.64 M
  19. Mensen met een Missie $3.45 M
  20. Human Dignity Foundation $2.48 M
  21. Freedom House $2.34 M
  22. Fund For Global Human Rights $2.21 M
  23. African Women's Development Fund $2.12 M
  24. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.08 M
  25. NIKE Foundation $1.95 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$986.6 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $140.33 M
  2. United States $125.98 M
  3. Canada $117.67 M
  4. Global Fund $111.12 M
  5. Norway $86.05 M
  6. European Union Institutions $73.17 M
  7. Denmark $55.46 M
  8. Germany $43.25 M
  9. Belgium $37.09 M
  10. United Kingdom $36.26 M
  11. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $26.18 M
  12. Finland $25.75 M
  13. Ireland $22.60 M
  14. Netherlands $20.24 M
  15. Spain $14.44 M
  16. Switzerland $10.77 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $9.10 M
  18. Australia $7.82 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $6.12 M
  20. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $4.41 M
  21. France $3.55 M
  22. Austria $1.98 M
  23. Italy $1.81 M
  24. Luxembourg $1.52 M
  25. International Development Association $1.08 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$40,347,552 (17%)
656 Grants (25%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$40,302,664 (17%)
495 Grants (19%)

Freedom from Violence

$37,015,104 (16%)
269 Grants (10%)

Population Focus

Economically Disadvantaged

$120,061,380 (51%)
656 Grants (25%)

Women & Girls

$98,436,403 (41%)
1,134 Grants (43%)

Children & Youth

$65,009,965 (27%)
626 Grants (24%)

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

  • Rockefeller Foundation supported the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Kenya to promote gender and education equity in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices, and attitudes toward girls' education.
  • Foundation for Civil Society supported Chama Cha Walemavu Wa Viungo Tanzania to promote the rights of people with disabilities in Kagera region.

Case Studies