Middle East & North Africa

Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories), Yemen

3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$82.8 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $15.54 M
  2. New Israel Fund $13.83 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $7.03 M
  4. Ford Foundation $6.16 M
  5. Open Doors International $5.36 M
  6. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $4.01 M
  7. Hivos $2.96 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.69 M
  9. The Coca-Cola Foundation $2.50 M
  10. Cordaid $2.10 M
  11. EEA and Norway Grants $1.85 M
  12. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.79 M
  13. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.77 M
  14. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $1.29 M
  15. Sabanci Foundation $1.28 M
  16. The Oak Foundation $1.20 M
  17. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $1.09 M
  18. King Baudouin Foundation United States $1.03 M
  19. Freedom House $0.84 M
  20. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.69 M
  21. The Global Fund for Women $0.65 M
  22. Arab Human Rights Fund $0.65 M
  23. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $0.61 M
  24. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.54 M
  25. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $0.50 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

9%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$339.5 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $59.61 M
  2. Canada $51.79 M
  3. European Union Institutions $48.70 M
  4. Norway $41.29 M
  5. United States $34.19 M
  6. Denmark $17.74 M
  7. United Kingdom $13.71 M
  8. Germany $13.60 M
  9. Netherlands $13.21 M
  10. Switzerland $10.73 M
  11. Finland $8.84 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $4.64 M
  13. Japan $4.09 M
  14. Spain $3.46 M
  15. Italy $3.39 M
  16. Belgium $3.38 M
  17. France $2.32 M
  18. Ireland $1.40 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.00 M
  20. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $0.74 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.61 M
  22. Iceland $0.30 M
  23. Korea $0.20 M
  24. Australia $0.09 M
  25. Slovak Republic $0.07 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Civic and Political Participation

$14,109,404 (17%)
134 Grants (12%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$13,119,907 (16%)
139 Grants (13%)

Human Rights, General

$9,038,695 (11%)
113 Grants (10%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$21,336,419 (26%)
320 Grants (30%)

Children & Youth

$14,035,885 (17%)
179 Grants (17%)

Migrants & Refugees

$10,190,137 (12%)
125 Grants (12%)

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

$31,256,298 (38%)
297 Grants (27%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$12,940,368 (16%)
130 Grants (12%)

Research and Documentation

$11,965,699 (14%)
130 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

  • National Endowment for Democracy supported Citizenship Forum for Democracy and Human Development in Libya to strengthen Libyan civil society leaders' understanding of democratic values and capacity to lead civic initiatives, foster dialogue on key issues related to Libya's political transition, and advocate for freedom of press and association.
  • The Open Society Foundations gave a general support grant to Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering in Lebanon to advance legislation on women's rights, provide psychosocial and legal services for survivors of violence, and provide literacy and vocational trainings for rural women.

Case Studies