Freedom House's programs support human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas. Freedom House primarily offers assistance through trainings, international exchange programs, grant giving and networking activities. In addition, Freedom House offers symbolic and moral support through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity on behalf of counterparts abroad.

Freedom House currently has fourteen offices and conducts programs in over thirty countries in all regions of the world. Primary funding for Freedom House’s programs comes in the form of grants from USAID and U.S. State Department, as well as from other democratic governments—Canada, the EU, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden—and from private foundations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.


Featured Programs

Freedom House promotes civil society engagement with the Organization of American States and the United Nations by preparing and bringing activists from different countries to international forums to raise awareness on restrictions and to collectively push for reforms to strengthen human rights and democratic practices.

Through an interactive, online website tailored to the experiences and priorities of people in the region, we provide students in the Middle East an overview of democratic principles and systems to help educate and engage them in the struggle for human rights and a just democratic process.

Freedom House equips Gulf women to help other Gulf women succeed in male-dominated professions.

In Egypt and Tunisia, we work with activists and citizen journalists to observe the elections. Bloggers and local activists receive training on election monitoring, violation reporting techniques, new media and mobile technology usage helping to increase transparency and citizens’ engagement in the political process.

Freedom House engages critical rule of law stakeholders to develop a reform agenda for Tunisia as it transforms to a state that is accountable and guarantees citizens’ a role in maintaining a watchdog role.

The right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief are some of the most fundamental of human rights, yet their protection remains a significant challenge across the globe. Through our International Religious Freedom program, Freedom House is a leading defender of the right to free practice and expression of one’s beliefs (or non-beliefs).

In Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan we work with civil society to advocate against blasphemy and defamation of religion laws used to suppress minority religions and freedom of expression.

Freedom House’s global rapid response initiative has provided support to religious freedom activists under attack in repressive countries such as Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia and we continue our work in Africa, Central Asia and other regions of concern in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

In Kazakhstan, we work with prominent human rights organizations and religious communities to advocate against the government’s repeated attempts to institute repressive religious laws.

Freedom House runs a range of programs designed to help citizens exercise their fundamental rights at home and to defend the norms that ensure those rights internationally.