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

12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$289.1 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $63.92 M
  2. Comic Relief UK $34.24 M
  3. Ford Foundation $25.62 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $20.32 M
  5. American Jewish World Service $19.57 M
  6. Hivos $16.64 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $13.36 M
  8. The International Development Research Centre $10.61 M
  9. Nationale Postcode Loterij $8.32 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $7.27 M
  11. Human Dignity Foundation $7.22 M
  12. The Foundation for Civil Society $6.98 M
  13. Segal Family Foundation $5.65 M
  14. Humanity United $5.64 M
  15. The Skoll Foundation $5.04 M
  16. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.98 M
  17. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.71 M
  18. NoVo Foundation $4.50 M
  19. National Endowment for Democracy $4.40 M
  20. Tides Foundation $4.36 M
  21. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $4.35 M
  22. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.30 M
  23. Open Doors International $4.25 M
  24. Fund For Global Human Rights $4.15 M
  25. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.13 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $165.49 M
  2. European Union Institutions $128.96 M
  3. Norway $108.66 M
  4. Canada $103.63 M
  5. United States $81.39 M
  6. Global Fund $77.21 M
  7. United Kingdom $72.20 M
  8. Denmark $66.08 M
  9. Germany $47.90 M
  10. Finland $46.10 M
  11. Belgium $37.24 M
  12. Netherlands $23.54 M
  13. Spain $19.30 M
  14. Switzerland $19.25 M
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $16.21 M
  16. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $14.48 M
  17. Ireland $12.75 M
  18. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $7.57 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.31 M
  20. France $6.74 M
  21. Italy $3.98 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $3.18 M
  23. Japan $3.16 M
  24. Australia $3.11 M
  25. Austria $2.37 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Health and Well-being Rights

$48,834,763 (17%)
350 Grants (12%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$44,937,552 (16%)
591 Grants (20%)

Freedom from Violence

$44,350,623 (15%)
365 Grants (12%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$100,910,976 (35%)
1,171 Grants (40%)

Children & Youth

$74,739,356 (26%)
889 Grants (30%)

Indigenous Peoples

$10,230,969 (4%)
150 Grants (5%)

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

$62,588,457 (22%)
703 Grants (24%)

Research and Documentation

$53,943,539 (19%)
397 Grants (14%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$50,407,567 (17%)
565 Grants (19%)

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