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

$55.9 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $12.72 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $7.72 M
  3. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.85 M
  4. Ford Foundation $3.98 M
  5. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.94 M
  6. The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation $2.88 M
  7. New Israel Fund $2.68 M
  8. Nationale Postcode Loterij $2.27 M
  9. The Oak Foundation $2.03 M
  10. Hivos $1.67 M
  11. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.36 M
  12. The Global Fund for Women $1.33 M
  13. Anonymous $1.29 M
  14. Sabanci Foundation $1.12 M
  15. Arab Human Rights Fund $0.99 M
  16. King Baudouin Foundation United States $0.70 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.60 M
  18. Freedom House $0.55 M
  19. Humanity United $0.50 M
  20. Foundation for the Future $0.43 M
  21. NoVo Foundation $0.35 M
  22. Global Dialogue $0.34 M
  23. Tides Foundation $0.28 M
  24. The Jay and Jean Schottenstein Foundation $0.28 M
  25. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.27 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

11%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$380.1 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $119.06 M
  2. European Union Institutions $53.12 M
  3. Sweden $44.94 M
  4. Japan $28.37 M
  5. Norway $23.02 M
  6. Canada $20.74 M
  7. Denmark $16.93 M
  8. Switzerland $15.54 M
  9. Germany $12.49 M
  10. Australia $9.14 M
  11. Netherlands $7.63 M
  12. Spain $6.11 M
  13. Belgium $6.02 M
  14. United Kingdom $4.39 M
  15. Finland $4.33 M
  16. Ireland $2.39 M
  17. Italy $1.76 M
  18. Global Environment Facility $1.35 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.96 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.61 M
  21. France $0.57 M
  22. OPEC Fund for International Development $0.21 M
  23. Korea $0.16 M
  24. Iceland $0.16 M
  25. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $0.07 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$15,542,005 (28%)
233 Grants (28%)

Human Rights, General

$9,741,531 (17%)
199 Grants (24%)

Freedom from Violence

$5,040,350 (9%)
87 Grants (10%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$19,356,036 (35%)
323 Grants (39%)

Economically Disadvantaged

$14,433,759 (26%)
129 Grants (15%)

Children & Youth

$12,143,201 (22%)
159 Grants (19%)

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

  • Arab Human Rights Fund supported the Arab Network for Human Rights and Citizenship Education in Jordan for promoting and integrating human rights values, non-discrimination, and peaceful conflict resolution into educational programs in Jordan and Lebanon.
  • Mama Cash supported Women’s Security Index Coalition in Israel to advocate for an understanding of security that accounts for safety and freedom for women from all forms of violence and replace the Israeli State’s militarized definition.

Case Studies