Funding and Support

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s (HRMI’s) measures of human rights performance will always be available free of charge and openly licensed.

Since we are committed to producing measures that are independent, we only accept funding from ethical bodies that remain at arm’s length from our operations. This means we rely on grants and donations to collaboratively produce high-quality independent data. If you’d like to provide support, please contact us.

A huge thank you to all of the following!


We are very grateful to the many individuals who have generously donated to HRMI, and to the following organisations:

The Ford Foundation is supporting HRMI to explore and boost private sector use of HRMI data.
New Zealand Aid programme logo The New Zealand Aid Programme is supporting the expansion of HRMI data to 21 countries and territories in the Pacific region.
Open Society Foundations is providing project-level financial support to HRMI.
Supported by the Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission funded an in-depth look into Aotearoa New Zealand’s performance on the rights to health and housing.
The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy supported the translation of this website and the Rights Tracker into Chinese.
Amnesty International’s Southern Africa regional office co-hosted and supported our September 2018 co-design workshop in Johannesburg.
OSISA: The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa sponsored our September 2018 co-design workshop in Johannesburg.
Namaste Foundation helped to support HRMI in 2018 and 2020. “Namaste Foundation supports exceptional non-profits for a more beautiful world, and we love HRMI’s mission to provide robust human rights data in support of that world.”
The Social Progress Imperative helped to support our second co-design workshop and is keen to incorporate better measures of human rights into their measure of societal progress.
Seed the Change helped to support HRMI in 2018.

Key Partner Organisations

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research  has been hosting HRMI since our inception in 2015. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, we share a space and administrative support. “Motu was established to promote well-informed and reasoned debate on public policy issues. HRMI takes that mission international and gives us a way to promote human dignity as a vital element of policy.”
The Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) at the School for Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, has hosted one of our co-design workshops and is the host organisation of most of our Civil and Political Rights measurement academics. “We are working with HRMI because we believe that better measurement is vital for research dedicated to understanding how the full global enjoyment of human rights may be attained.”
Economic and Social Right Empowerment Initiative The Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative is our partner organisation producing our five measures of Economic and Social Rights. “ESREI seeks to develop the capacity of global NGOs, academics and policy makers to advance the enjoyment of economic and social rights through effective monitoring, advocacy, and policy design. Our collaboration with HRMI extends our reach.”
The Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut hosted our first co-design workshop.
Covenants Watch is providing the indicator data we need to produce Economic and Social Rights measures for Taiwan.
CoCreative Consulting has planned and facilitated our co-design workshops and continues to play a key role in helping us build momentum from what was initially just an idea. “We’re supporting HRMI because it’s the critical missing piece in the human rights advocacy landscape. Having a way to compare their country’s human rights performance to other countries will give human rights advocates much more leverage in pressing for positive change.
HRMI is an Affiliate Member of the Council for International Development (CID).
HRMI is an Affiliate Member of Forum Asia.

Pro Bono Service Providers

We are very grateful to the many volunteer translators at Translators Without Borders who have translated our 2019, 2020 and 2021 expert surveys and are helping us communicate with human rights defenders in 10 languages.
Global Brand Works, a boutique brand strategy agency based in San Francisco, has donated its services to develop the HRMI strategy, logo, and visual identity. It has been more than a pleasure to work with a team with such rigorous integrityHRMI’s story is an easy one to tell. We are honored to be included in the journey to the advancement of human dignity, and inspired to continue our support.
Axenic, New Zealand based information, management, security and privacy advice specialists, provided its services pro bono to undertake a comprehensive security risk assessment of HRMI’s information and storage processes. “This initiative is an important part of improving human rights for people around the world who would otherwise not have a voice, Axenic is happy to be able to lend our information security expertise to such a great cause.” 
DLA Piper‘s offices in New Zealand are providing pro bono legal services to HRMI. The measurement metrics that HRMI is working to create are a vital stepping stone in the fight for the global actualisation of human rights, and DLA Piper is proud to support this important work.”
ThinkPlace was one of our earliest supporters, co-curating our first co-design workshop, and providing design services. “As we exist to elevate human experience in the world and create more vibrant communities through design, supporting HRMI is an excellent fit for us”.
Translators from Global VoicesLingua project assisted us with translation services for our website and 2017 expert survey. We are especially grateful to Edwige Dugas-Michaud, Gabriela Garcia Calderón Orbe, Albany Rivera, Paulina Grasso, Esther Dodo, Juliana Marques and Patricia Veiga Peixoto.

We are also very grateful to the many individuals who have donated their time and expertise to support our work. This includes our HRMI Ambassadors, who play an important role in helping us identify potential survey respondents in their countries and connecting us to local human rights communities.

One of HRMI’s host institutions is Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit charitable research organisation located in Wellington, New Zealand. Please contact us to check whether donations to Motu are exempt from tax in your jurisdiction.

Note that this host institute Motu Economic and Public Policy Research has been certified as equivalent to a US public charity. Documentation can be obtained from NGOsource.