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

$73.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. New Israel Fund $16.03 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $12.17 M
  3. Open Doors International $6.08 M
  4. Ford Foundation $4.96 M
  5. Hivos $4.64 M
  6. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $3.89 M
  7. The Skoll Foundation $3.75 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.77 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $1.92 M
  10. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.79 M
  11. The International Development Research Centre $1.70 M
  12. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.68 M
  13. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.00 M
  14. The Global Fund for Women $0.98 M
  15. Freedom House $0.96 M
  16. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $0.81 M
  17. Arab Human Rights Fund $0.79 M
  18. King Baudouin Foundation United States $0.78 M
  19. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.53 M
  20. Sabanci Foundation $0.52 M
  21. NoVo Foundation $0.45 M
  22. The Nduna Foundation $0.42 M
  23. Comic Relief UK $0.40 M
  24. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.38 M
  25. Mama Cash $0.32 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

10%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$380.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $91.04 M
  2. United States $63.40 M
  3. Sweden $54.55 M
  4. Norway $47.04 M
  5. Canada $23.61 M
  6. Germany $20.67 M
  7. Denmark $15.60 M
  8. Switzerland $13.95 M
  9. Netherlands $12.02 M
  10. Spain $7.19 M
  11. Ireland $6.41 M
  12. United Kingdom $5.67 M
  13. Belgium $3.84 M
  14. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.78 M
  15. Finland $3.47 M
  16. Italy $2.24 M
  17. Japan $1.12 M
  18. France $1.09 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.01 M
  20. Australia $0.84 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.71 M
  22. Iceland $0.32 M
  23. Korea $0.26 M
  24. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $0.19 M
  25. Slovak Republic $0.16 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$13,164,874 (18%)
167 Grants (19%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$11,643,037 (16%)
83 Grants (9%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$9,425,434 (13%)
141 Grants (16%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$18,484,879 (25%)
268 Grants (30%)

Children & Youth

$11,121,905 (15%)
131 Grants (15%)

Migrants & Refugees

$7,606,943 (10%)
102 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

$13,800,611 (19%)
155 Grants (17%)

Research and Documentation

$10,299,707 (14%)
93 Grants (10%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$9,550,754 (13%)
125 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

  • 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