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

7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$159.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $23.65 M
  2. Ford Foundation $22.76 M
  3. Hivos $11.24 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $7.65 M
  5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.54 M
  6. Human Dignity Foundation $6.28 M
  7. Comic Relief UK $6.02 M
  8. National Endowment for Democracy $5.67 M
  9. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.53 M
  10. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.49 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $4.27 M
  12. Open Doors International $4.22 M
  13. The Atlantic Philanthropies $4.10 M
  14. The Skoll Foundation $3.75 M
  15. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.70 M
  16. The International Development Research Centre $3.46 M
  17. The Global Fund for Women $3.17 M
  18. The Christensen Fund $2.45 M
  19. Tides Foundation $1.92 M
  20. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.85 M
  21. Freedom House $1.71 M
  22. Humanity United $1.64 M
  23. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.50 M
  24. Foundation for a Just Society $1.48 M
  25. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $1.43 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$714.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Australia $130.58 M
  2. United States $84.96 M
  3. Norway $64.69 M
  4. Sweden $64.39 M
  5. Canada $61.84 M
  6. European Union Institutions $50.47 M
  7. United Kingdom $49.35 M
  8. Germany $40.19 M
  9. Denmark $34.49 M
  10. Finland $29.40 M
  11. Switzerland $16.49 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $11.35 M
  13. Netherlands $10.26 M
  14. Spain $9.28 M
  15. Korea $9.27 M
  16. Belgium $9.21 M
  17. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $7.42 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.54 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $5.99 M
  20. Luxembourg $3.06 M
  21. Ireland $2.55 M
  22. Italy $2.32 M
  23. New Zealand $1.85 M
  24. International Development Association $1.82 M
  25. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $1.68 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$24,002,124 (15%)
405 Grants (18%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$19,085,295 (12%)
165 Grants (7%)

Freedom from Violence

$18,947,643 (12%)
315 Grants (14%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$48,849,785 (31%)
862 Grants (39%)

Children & Youth

$34,404,784 (22%)
523 Grants (24%)

Indigenous Peoples

$15,169,234 (10%)
286 Grants (13%)

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

$42,549,400 (27%)
486 Grants (22%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$30,750,671 (19%)
306 Grants (14%)

Research and Documentation

$25,558,614 (16%)
310 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

  • 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