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

12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$287.9 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Comic Relief $39.08 M
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $31.96 M
  3. Foundation to Promote Open Society $25.51 M
  4. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $15.15 M
  5. Ford Foundation $14.32 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $13.35 M
  7. Human Dignity Foundation $13.18 M
  8. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $10.08 M
  9. Segal Family Foundation $9.92 M
  10. Oak Foundation $9.82 M
  11. Cordaid $9.30 M
  12. Humanity United $8.44 M
  13. NoVo Foundation $8.19 M
  14. ViiV Healthcare $5.79 M
  15. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.39 M
  16. Tides Foundation $5.29 M
  17. Alliance for Open Society International $4.73 M
  18. Open Doors International $4.66 M
  19. Fund For Global Human Rights $4.60 M
  20. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $4.30 M
  21. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.05 M
  22. American Jewish World Service $4.01 M
  23. International Development Research Centre $3.78 M
  24. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.59 M
  25. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $2.90 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

31%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $152.33 M
  2. Sweden $148.75 M
  3. United Kingdom $107.63 M
  4. Canada $95.67 M
  5. Norway $90.63 M
  6. United States $83.48 M
  7. Global Fund $83.08 M
  8. Denmark $51.31 M
  9. Germany $49.69 M
  10. Finland $38.01 M
  11. Switzerland $30.62 M
  12. Belgium $28.26 M
  13. Netherlands $26.20 M
  14. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $25.04 M
  15. Ireland $22.78 M
  16. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $19.95 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $15.40 M
  18. Spain $12.71 M
  19. Japan $10.73 M
  20. Italy $8.16 M
  21. France $6.59 M
  22. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $5.48 M
  23. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $3.64 M
  24. International Labour Organisation $1.45 M
  25. Austria $1.42 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Health and Well-being Rights

$58,106,135 (20%)
406 Grants (12%)

Freedom from Violence

$55,677,935 (19%)
497 Grants (15%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$33,397,940 (12%)
384 Grants (12%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$102,371,414 (36%)
1,477 Grants (44%)

Children & Youth

$87,798,676 (30%)
1,002 Grants (30%)

LGBTIQ

$10,331,270 (4%)
220 Grants (7%)

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

$143,332,120 (50%)
1,589 Grants (48%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$61,250,460 (21%)
751 Grants (23%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$38,190,257 (13%)
469 Grants (14%)

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