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 philanthropic support to keep doing what we do. If you’d like to provide support, please contact us.

Our supporters are a mix of philanthropic partners and organisations who are contributing in-kind support and expertise. A huge thank you to all of the following!

  • Open Society Foundations is providing project-level financial support to HRMI.
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Namaste Foundation is helping to support HRMI in 2018. “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.”
  • Global Brand Works, a boutique brand strategy agency based in San Francisco, has donated their 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 integrityHRMI¹s 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.
  • CoCreative Consulting have planned and facilitated our co-design workshops and played 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.
  • 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.”
  • The Social Progress Imperative helped to support one of our co-design workshops and is keen to incorporate better measures of human rights into their measure of societal progress.
  • Translators from Global Voices’ Lingua project and others are assisting us with translation services for our website and expert opinion 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.
  • The Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut hosted our first co-design workshop.
  • 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”.

We are also very grateful to the many individuals who have made donations both of money, and of time and expertise.

HRMI is hosted by 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.