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.


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In an attempt to address this gap and to promote respect for human rights in Sudan, Freedom House is working on ensuring continuous monitoring of human rights abuses in Sudan and supports domestic, regional and international advocacy activities for adherence to international human rights commitments.

Freedom House provides support to civil society to bolster their capacity to advocate more vigorously for democratic reforms and to be more effective in engagement with the Government of South Sudan.

Freedom House’s program in Cameroon aims to promote broader citizen participation in political processes and presidential and parliamentary elections. Freedom House works to achieve this through support to civil society in their election monitoring, civic education and voter mobilization activities.

Since 2006, Freedom House has worked with upwards of 60 civil society organizations in Zimbabwe, providing a broad range of support from trainings in strategic planning and organizational security, to programs that effectively mobilize popular civic engagement.

In September 2010, Freedom House launched an initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of Namibian civil society to function as effective advocates for, and monitors of, good governance.

Since 2009, Freedom House supports civil society in Swaziland to ensure that a stronger citizen voice can be generated and then properly translated to the national and regional stage where political reforms will be negotiated by a cohesive and effective civil society.

In Kazakhstan, Freedom House enhances the capacity of local civil society groups to rapidly respond to human rights violations and to provide advocates with the skills to defend the right to freedom of assembly.

Freedom House supports Iran's pro-democracy movement and human rights defenders as they resist the Iranian regime's surveillance and repression.

In September 2010, Freedom House led a four-day International Joint Partnership Freedom of Expression mission to Uganda to examine the country’s freedom of expression environment in light of a prop

Azerbaijani authorities have failed to comply with their international commitments to promote and protect freedom of expression. This trend is of particular concern in the context of Azerbaijan's upcoming parliamentary elections in November 2010, as freedom of expression is a necessary precondition to the fair and free conduct of elections