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

$75.7 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $14.08 M
  2. New Israel Foundation $12.48 M
  3. Oak Foundation $6.71 M
  4. Open Doors International $6.56 M
  5. Human Dignity Foundation $4.43 M
  6. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.00 M
  7. International Development Research Centre $2.57 M
  8. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $2.12 M
  9. Ford Foundation $1.74 M
  10. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.54 M
  11. Fund for Women's Equality $1.08 M
  12. Hivos $1.05 M
  13. Tides Foundation $0.98 M
  14. Humanity United $0.97 M
  15. Comic Relief $0.92 M
  16. Freedom House $0.87 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.72 M
  18. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $0.71 M
  19. NoVo Foundation $0.69 M
  20. Foundation to Promote Open Society $0.63 M
  21. The Nduna Foundation $0.62 M
  22. The Global Fund for Women $0.57 M
  23. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $0.56 M
  24. Carnegie Corporation of New York $0.55 M
  25. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $0.51 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

11%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$395.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Canada $59.53 M
  2. European Union Institutions $57.42 M
  3. Sweden $42.00 M
  4. United Kingdom $41.79 M
  5. Norway $33.88 M
  6. Belgium $30.08 M
  7. United States $29.15 M
  8. Denmark $25.44 M
  9. Switzerland $16.78 M
  10. Spain $10.76 M
  11. Netherlands $10.30 M
  12. Germany $9.24 M
  13. Italy $8.11 M
  14. Finland $7.05 M
  15. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.49 M
  16. Japan $2.75 M
  17. France $2.01 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.64 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.24 M
  20. Ireland $1.11 M
  21. International Labour Organisation $0.54 M
  22. Iceland $0.27 M
  23. Austria $0.20 M
  24. Australia $0.20 M
  25. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $0.19 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Freedom from Violence

$15,295,711 (20%)
169 Grants (17%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$13,854,343 (18%)
109 Grants (11%)

Civic and Political Participation

$11,892,375 (16%)
108 Grants (11%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$20,326,864 (27%)
291 Grants (29%)

Children & Youth

$15,335,696 (20%)
174 Grants (17%)

Migrants & Refugees

$9,239,975 (12%)
107 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

$39,590,493 (52%)
447 Grants (44%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$20,438,831 (27%)
222 Grants (22%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$13,732,522 (18%)
113 Grants (11%)

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