Human Rights NGO Expenditure

Indicator description

  • A. Definition

    Details of Amnesty International’s financial report

  • B. How to measure

    Amnesty International’s financial expenditure and ratio for each business sector
    *Amnesty International provides monthly accounts of expenditures, but this indicator consists of annual expenditures

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Law and Institution Civil Society Building Human Rights NGO Governance Objective/Result Amnesty International Financial Report 2011 1 month
  • D. Interpretation

    As NGOs play a pivotal role in the international human rights community, examining the financial expenditure of NGOs is helpful in getting a sense of what kinds of sectors and subjects human rights NGOs are interested in and plan to improve. Amnesty International is a representative human rights NGO and conducts its human rights activities using only dues and fundraising, without government financial support. As support from members is a major source of income, Amnesty International publishes monthly financial reports, which play a major role in raising members’ sense of belonging and confidence in this NGO. Indicators show that Amnesty’s budget has tripled from 2014 to 2018, suggesting that international and domestic interest in human rights is increasing, and that the proportion of individuals active in supporting positive human rights behaviors has increased. If we look at the details, we can see that a great amount of money is spent on activities to encourage fundraising. It can be inferred that the total amount of income has increased as a result of this fundraising promotional activity. Interestingly, indicators after 2016 show what kind of human rights activities that the NGOs undertook. The expenses made in the name of publicity in 2014 and 2015 comprised concrete projects such as issue projects, human rights education, and human rights advocacy in North Korea (after 2016). Given that each sector is an important factor in the development of human rights, this change in fiscal expenditure can be regarded as positive. In order to enable NGOs to be transparent and actively engaged, it is necessary to be aware of the need for active participation and attention of the members of wider society, and to work for the enhancement of human rights.

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