Funding Sources

ENNHRI is established as an international not-for-profit association (AISBL) under Belgian law. In 2021, we enjoyed support through the following sources:

We are also grateful to have received in-kind support in 2021 through members’ staff time and venues, the contributions of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Global Campus of Human Rights to the NHRI Academy, the Council of Europe’s support for Cooperation Platforms (on ‘Social Rights and Economic Rights’ and ‘Roma Equality’), and OHCHR’s hosting of ENNHRI’s General Assembly meeting in Geneva.

Funding sources in 2022 (%)

Regranting project

In 2023, ENNHRI launched its first call for proposals for small grants dedicated to supporting its members. Building on ENNHRI’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, this initiative aims to:

  • Enhance the institutional capacity of members on national level.
  • Multiply initiatives on national level following participation in ENNHRI and transnational (network) activities.
  • Share learnings from national initiatives with peers in the network.

A total of nine projects have been selected. They are funded under the 2022 Citizens, Equality, Rights and Value Programme for EU Member States and the 2022 Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for non-EU Countries.

Projects' details

People’s Advocate of Albania

Project name: Upholding Human Rights in Albania’s Digital Public Services – SERVRIGHT 
Project duration: June – December 2023

This project aims to examine the potential human rights implications of the digitalisation process of public services in Albania and prepare a report with recommendations on preventing human rights violations. Findings will be discussed with key stakeholders, including civil society organisations, international organizations and the Albanian government in order to raise awareness and promote the protection of human rights.

Combat Poverty, Insecurity and Social Exclusion Service

Project name: Just Transition  
Project duration: June – December 2023

Through its participation in the Belgian government-led consultative process on just transition, the Combat Poverty Service (CPS) published a position paper on just transition and human rights. This was a joint piece of work with FIRM, UNIA, Myria (all ENNHRI members) and other Belgian human rights institutions. In October 2023, the CPS presented the paper at a seminar, which also saw contributions from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the Dutch and French NHRIs. The paper was then presented to two ENNHRI Working Groups: economic, social and cultural rights and climate crisis and human rights.

National Consultative Commission on Human Rights

Project name: Protection of environmental defenders and their freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association in Europe – The role of NHRIs in protecting civil disobedience as a form of peaceful expression and protest in the context of environmental activism
Project duration: June – December 2023

Focusing on the protection of environmental defenders and civil disobedience, the project engaged in various activities:

  • In July 2023 environmental defenders, NHRIs and the Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders exchanged during an in-person workshop on environmental civil disobedience in Europe.
  • Key findings from the discussions were shared with ENNHRI members during a workshop co-organised by ENNHRI and the Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders in October 2023. A report has been published, summarising the discussions and recommendations for ENNHRI and NHRIs to further engage in this area.
  • Multiple awareness raising activities on the project findings were conducted.

Other NHRIs involved in the project were: the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia; the German Institute for Human Rights; the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights; the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution; and the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights.

Greek National Commission for Human Rights 

Project name: Finding Rights – A flashback to 25 years of the Greek NHRI and 10 years of ENNHRI 
Project duration: June – December 2023

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Greek NHRI produced an hour-long documentary highlighting moments of its history and its contribution as an active member of ENNHRI. Watch a version of the documentary with English subtitles here. It is titled “A story of Human Rights – 25 years of the Greek NHRI and 10 years of ENNHRI.” Furthermore, a major in-person event was organised in December 2023 to launch the documentary and discuss strengthening the NHRI’s capacity to promote and protect human rights in the European and national context with national stakeholders, civil society and human rights defenders.

Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary 

Project name: Cooperation and Exchange Program with Other ENNHRI Members and Internal Capacity Building 
Project duration: September – December 2023

Within this project, the Hungarian NHRI has:

  • Organised two exchanges of good practices with the Polish NHRI and the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands. These activities have touched on different work areas, facilitating the sharing of learnings and strengthening the bonds of collaboration and mutual support within these NHRIs.
  • Held a major in-person conference in December 2023 that allowed to showcase the work of the Institution to the general public and key stakeholders (universities, CSOs, human rights defenders, other NHRIs).
  • Compiled materials on the work of the Hungarian NHRI to be shared with the wider ENNHRI.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission 

Project name: NI Business Human Rights Index – Developing a national business and human rights index for Northern Ireland 
Project duration: June 2023 – February 2024

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will request Queens University Belfast to conduct research on corporate human rights implementation and to develop a Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Index. This Index will create a league table for local businesses in relation to their human rights impact and help inform the future work of the multi-stakeholder Northern Ireland Business and Human Rights Forum.

Commissioner for Human Rights

Project name: Development of an online e-learning platform directed to the youth  
Project duration: October – December 2023

The Polish NHRI developed an online e-learning platform targeted at youth to raise awareness of and provide a knowledge hub on the most common human rights issues. In December 2023, the NHRI organised an event to present and test the platform with representatives of the target audience (high school pupils and undergraduate students). The platform received positive feedback (“user-friendly, intuitive and accessible”).

The next steps are to promote the platform among educational NGOs and teachers, to broaden its content, and to translate it into other languages to reach non-Polish speakers.

Protector of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia

Project name: Monitoring the Implementation of Inclusive Education in the Republic of Serbia  
Project duration: August 2023 –February 2024 

In 2018, the Ombudsman published a Special Report on Inclusive Education with 40 recommendations issued to relevant ministries and local governments. Since existing data indicate that there are still many challenges, the Ombudsman will monitor the extent of the implementation of its recommendations. The report will address the obstacles which hinder the implementation of inclusion in education and offer solutions.

Slovak National Centre for Human Rights

Project name: Collecting data about sexual harassment for advocacy and reporting to regional mechanisms by NHRIs 
Project duration: June – December 2023

The aim of this project is to execute research on sexual harassment at workplaces in the health sector. This will be done in cooperation with civil society organisations and academic experts who will be invited to share their recommendations and lessons learned. The recommendations and results of the research will be published and shared with national and international stakeholders.

* Funded by European Commission DG INTPA, under the project NHRI.EU – Phase 3
** Funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Value Programme, CERV Operating Grant 2023

Past Grants


For more information, or if you are interested in supporting ENNHRI’s work, please contact:

Maurice Claassens

Team Leader – Network Development