General Principles on Civil Society’s Right to Funding


This set of “general principles,” issued by UN Special Rapporteur Kiai and the Community of Democracies, summarizes key aspects of civil society’s right to seek, receive and use resources. It is based on the Special Rapporteur’s 2013 report to the Human Rights Council on the same subject (A/HRC/23/39), and draws on a range of international laws and standards.

It guides readers step-by-step through specific aspects of three general principles underlying the right, providing the legal basis and background for each.

UN Special Rapporteur’s Report to the Human Rights Council on Foreign Funding of CSOs