Asia & Pacific

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet (autonomous region), Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam

8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$204.9 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $55.45 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $26.38 M
  3. Ford Foundation $17.38 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $16.79 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $8.74 M
  6. Hivos $8.34 M
  7. Cordaid $6.06 M
  8. American Jewish World Service $5.18 M
  9. Open Doors International $4.75 M
  10. NoVo Foundation $2.86 M
  11. Comic Relief $2.80 M
  12. Humanity United $2.75 M
  13. Mensen met een Missie $2.65 M
  14. The Coca-Cola Foundation $2.51 M
  15. Freedom House $2.44 M
  16. The Kendeda Fund $2.37 M
  17. The Global Fund for Women $2.09 M
  18. Foundation for a Just Society $1.98 M
  19. Human Dignity Foundation $1.97 M
  20. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $1.95 M
  21. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.79 M
  22. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.68 M
  23. Mama Cash $1.59 M
  24. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.57 M
  25. Global Greengrants Fund $1.53 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$733.1 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Australia $115.53 M
  2. United Kingdom $82.16 M
  3. Sweden $76.38 M
  4. European Union Institutions $64.62 M
  5. United States $58.58 M
  6. Canada $56.41 M
  7. Norway $56.04 M
  8. Germany $42.23 M
  9. Finland $36.46 M
  10. Denmark $28.37 M
  11. Switzerland $25.71 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $19.12 M
  13. Netherlands $10.36 M
  14. Belgium $7.64 M
  15. Italy $7.29 M
  16. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.60 M
  17. Korea $6.56 M
  18. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $5.68 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $5.02 M
  20. Spain $3.66 M
  21. Japan $2.56 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.46 M
  23. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $2.43 M
  24. Luxembourg $2.31 M
  25. New Zealand $2.00 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Health and Well-being Rights

$38,767,933 (19%)
148 Grants (7%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$26,179,376 (13%)
54 Grants (2%)

Expression and Information Rights

$24,564,529 (12%)
149 Grants (7%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$66,375,091 (32%)
801 Grants (36%)

Children & Youth

$54,221,009 (26%)
531 Grants (24%)

Indigenous Peoples

$11,828,210 (6%)
249 Grants (11%)

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

$73,062,115 (36%)
764 Grants (35%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$30,611,220 (15%)
446 Grants (20%)

Research and Documentation

$29,518,802 (14%)
260 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

  • Tewa gave to Sahayatri Samaj Nepal for a legal counselling service that supports victimized women to file, document, and follow up on cases and to advocate and organize awareness programs on women's rights issues.
  • Comic Relief UK supported Dhaka Ahsania Mission in the United Kingdom to provide a safe space for Dhaka's disadvantaged street and working children to rest, wash, eat, play, study, learn new skills, and receive healthcare.

Case Studies