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

5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$77.9 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $29.84 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $17.47 M
  3. Ford Foundation $5.46 M
  4. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.75 M
  5. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.24 M
  6. New Israel Fund $2.79 M
  7. The Global Fund for Women $1.46 M
  8. Hivos $1.10 M
  9. The Oak Foundation $1.04 M
  10. Human Dignity Foundation $0.90 M
  11. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.84 M
  12. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $0.83 M
  13. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $0.73 M
  14. Arab Human Rights Fund $0.60 M
  15. Cordaid $0.56 M
  16. Anonymous $0.53 M
  17. Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund $0.39 M
  18. Strategic Fund for Turkey $0.36 M
  19. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $0.36 M
  20. NoVo Foundation $0.35 M
  21. Mama Cash $0.33 M
  22. Freedom House $0.30 M
  23. Anonymous $0.28 M
  24. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.28 M
  25. Klarman Family Foundation $0.28 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

13%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$453.8 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $119.61 M
  2. United States $108.06 M
  3. Sweden $43.73 M
  4. Spain $29.74 M
  5. Norway $28.16 M
  6. United Kingdom $24.70 M
  7. Denmark $21.69 M
  8. Canada $21.42 M
  9. Ireland $12.91 M
  10. Netherlands $9.76 M
  11. Germany $6.64 M
  12. Switzerland $6.61 M
  13. OPEC Fund for International Development $4.11 M
  14. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.52 M
  15. Italy $2.64 M
  16. Finland $2.23 M
  17. Belgium $1.93 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.56 M
  19. Australia $1.50 M
  20. France $0.88 M
  21. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.66 M
  22. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $0.58 M
  23. Austria $0.40 M
  24. Japan $0.39 M
  25. Iceland $0.28 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$20,884,869 (27%)
257 Grants (32%)

Human Rights, General

$20,564,965 (26%)
279 Grants (34%)

Economic and Labor Rights

$7,349,935 (9%)
25 Grants (3%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$19,224,274 (25%)
276 Grants (34%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$12,550,298 (16%)
97 Grants (12%)

Crime or Abuse Victims

$10,064,859 (13%)
90 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.

Sample Grants

  • Global Dialogue gave to Multecilerle Dayanisma Dernegi in Turkey to advocate for refugee rights, raise awareness about the situation of refugees, provide financial and legal support, and help refugees access health services.
  • HIVOS gave to MidEast Youth to support their innovative use of social media to promote access to information and free speech and expression, especially focusing on the lack of rights of marginalized communities in the Middle East.

Case Studies