Zimbabwe

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$500,000
To build, consolidate, and strengthen a sustainable, democratic, and independent labor movement. The Solidarity Center will support the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations in conducting training programs for their affiliates. The Solidarity Center will also subsidize the printing and distribution of the monthly newspaper The Worker which provide accurate information as well as present an alternate view on political and economic developments and policies.

Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI)
$33,194
To raise public awareness about the extent and impact of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis. MPOI will conduct a follow-up national public opinion survey to determine the attitude of Zimbabweans towards the economic recession. MPOI will produce a comprehensive report of its findings for circulation among Zimbabwe’s government departments, NGOs, the donor community and media.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
$54,066*
To provide the public with alternate and more pluralistic definitions of political concepts relating to independence, democracy, and human rights. MISA will produce a media campaign to reclaim the national symbols such as the struggle for independence, the national flag, and the national holidays.

Savanna Trust (ST)
$30,760*
To enhance the effectiveness of community theater groups in communicating socioeconomic and political issues to a grassroots audience. ST will train eight community theatre groups in the basic concepts of human rights, democracy, and good governance, and methods of exploring these concepts in dramatic performances. Following the workshops, the theatre groups will produce monthly plays promoting the principles of democracy, human rights, and good governance.

Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
$30,710*
To raise awareness on democracy, gender, and citizen rights among Christian students and young people in Zimbabwe. SCMZ will target students and unemployed young people in both urban and rural constituencies of Zimbabwe with activities promoting democracy, principles of good governance, and human rights; leadership training and development; conflict transformation; and gender mainstreaming and female capacity building.

Women in Politics Support Unit (WIPSU)
$30,000*
To encourage women activists to play a leadership role in mobilizing rural communities to participate in Zimbabwe’s 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections. WIPSU will employ a set of grassroots structures known as the Constituency Consultative Forums and Ward Consultative Forums to disseminate election-related information to rural women.

The Women's Trust (TWT)
$40,400
To encourage women activists to play a leadership role in mobilizing rural communities to participate in Zimbabwe’s 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections. TWT will host a series of voter education and advocacy workshops for women community leaders and will organize ten public meetings designed to increase voter awareness of election procedures and of gender-related campaign issues.

Youth Agenda
$25,600*
To enhance the political participation of rural and marginalized urban youth in Zimbabwe. Youth Agenda will hold 20 youth rallies in farming and rural communities throughout Zimbabwe and host a series of four focus groups on nonviolent strategies for addressing the crisis in Zimbabwe in each of the country’s ten provinces. Youth Agenda will also create a website as an inexpensive and rapid means of information dissemination.

Youth Forum
$24,840
To encourage youth participation in the dissemination of information on good governance to rural communities in Zimbabwe. Youth Forum will conduct an outreach program that will enable a core group of young people to discuss and understand relevant governance issues and to disseminate their knowledge to targeted rural communities. Ten youth activists will participate in a series of two workshops and two public meetings.

Zimbabwe Community Development Trust (ZCDT)
$45,000
To promote the participation of IDPs in political processes. ZCDT will conduct an outreach program that will inform displaced citizens of their socioeconomic and human rights and provide them with a platform for contributing to the development of land tenure and other socioeconomic policies. ZCDT will also conduct a baseline survey of approximately 2,000 residents to determine the socioeconomic impact of the displacements.

Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)
$55,000
To enhance citizen participation in issues of governance and democracy by providing a forum in which citizens can discuss developments in the electoral process in Zimbabwe. ZESN will conduct a nationwide civic education exercise to energize voters for the urban council elections in 2007 and the presidential elections in 2008. ZESN will also hold ten advocacy meetings with government leaders, opposition leaders, religious organizations, and civil society.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
$35,266*
To ensure that young people in Zimbabwe register and participate as voters in the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2008. ZimRights will conduct a nationwide, youth-focused voter education campaign in each of Zimbabwe’s ten provinces. Forty meetings will provide a total of 1,200 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 with comprehensive voter education training and specific information on the procedures required to complete the voter registration process.