Afghanistan

Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)
$50,000
To raise awareness of democratic values, women’s rights, and gender equality, and to enhance the leadership skills of women civil society leaders and government officials in the provinces of Heart, Kabul, and Balkh. AIL will conduct four democracy and women’s rights workshops for 140 civil society representatives and government officials and seven leadership workshops for 245 women civil societyrepresentatives and government officials.

Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC)
$76,000
To promote independent investigative journalism, strengthen the role of media in monitoring the political and reconstruction processes, and raise awareness of democratic values, human rights, women’s rights, civil and political rights, and political processes among Afghans. AMRC will recruit a team of ten staff and re-launch its daily newspaper, Erada, in Dari and Pashtu, distributing 10,000 copies per day throughout Afghanistan’s major cities.

Afghan NGO Coordination Bureau (ANCB)
$45,000
To promote best practices in nongovernmental organization (NGO) management, raise awareness of democratic values, and promote transparency and civic participation. ANCB will conduct 24 workshops on NGO management and democratic values; develop its website to provide relevant electronic resources and manuals; and publish and distribute a quarterly magazine on NGO developments and an NGO directory booklet listing information about its member NGOs.

Afghan Women’s Network (AWN)
$43,550
To promote social and political activism and raise awareness of democratic principles among young Afghan women. AWN will conduct 20 civic education workshops on the role of women in Afghan politics, elections, and government structure. AWN will mentor trainees through the development of an action plan for each participant to use her knowledge in everyday life and will publish case studies of trainees’ political participation.

Afghanistan National Participation Association (ANPA)
$110,000
To raise public awareness of democratic values, human rights, women’s rights, and political decision making. ANPA will develop and produce 70 half-hour radio show programs, in Dari and Pashtu, to be broadcasted by independent and governmental radio stations. The programs will cover the rights and responsibilities of government bodies, the parliament, provincial councils, and civil society groups.

Afghanistan Study Center (ASC)
$59,000
To raise public awareness about democratic values, women’s rights, human rights, and political participation. ASC will conduct 25 civic education workshops on human rights, democratic values, political participation, women’s rights, and national unity. Workshops will be conducted in the provinces of Logar, Paktia, Khost, and Kabul and will target opinion makers, teachers, and community leaders in both rural and urban areas.

Afghanistan Women Services and Education Organization (AWSE)
$40,000
To raise awareness of democratic values and women’s rights and to encourage women to participate in public life. AWSE will conduct a training-of-trainers workshop for 16 Afghan women, followed by 40 workshops for 800 men and women on women’s rights and women’s political participation. It will also develop three working groups to meet local women and bring their problems to local government.

Afghanistan Women Support Association (AWSA)
$44,600
To raise awareness of democratic values, women’s rights, and gender equality and to encourage women to participate in public life and become involved in Afghanistan’s democratic transition. AWSA will conduct 15 three-day workshops on women’s rights for 300 women and men in Kabul , Kapisa, Parwan, Logar, and Panjshir provinces (eastern Afghanistan); it will also publish and distribute six bi-monthly issues of a women’s rights magazine.

Afghans for Civil Society (ACS)
$55,000
To facilitate the development of a local women’s council in Kandahar and initiate a dialogue to strengthen cooperation between this women’s council and the elected government representatives. ACS will organize weekly meetings; conduct ten seminars on women’s rights, violence against women, women’s economic independence, and women’s political participation; and publish and distribute 10 issues of a monthly women’s rights magazine.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$178,093*
To promote the development of strong teachers’ unions and the unification of journalist unions in Afghanistan. The Solidarity Center will organize a leadership training and exchange program for the Afghanistan Teachers’ Support Association (ATSA); conduct three meetings between local ATSA leadership and civil society organizations; and produce radio programs facilitating the ATSA leadership’s outreach to other teachers in the country.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
$174,571
To strengthen the Afghanistan International Chamber of Congress’s institutional capacity and to foster the development of a liberal economy and business environment through advocacy. CIPE and AICC will cooperate to produce a new national business agenda (NBA) that will coordinate the business community’s updated goals and interests; conduct a national advocacy tour to assess the needs of the local business community; and work with parliamentarians, government officials, and the business community to instigate policy change according to the new NBA.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
$391,141
To enhance awareness of entrepreneurship opportunities and free-market mechanisms and to enhance the capacity of members of the Parliament to make informed decisions about economic policy. CIPE will expand its entrepreneurship course, Tashabos, to cover high schools outside of Kabul and Khost; improve the University Entrepreneurship Leadership Program and ensure its sustai nability; and conduct trainings on economic reform for selected Members of Parliament (MPs).

Cooperation Center for Afghanistan (CCA)
$140,000*
To promote democratic practices, human rights, and women’s rights. CCA will conduct 14 good governance workshops for local council members and 60 human rights workshops for religious leaders and community elders. CCA will also publish a women’s rights magazine; provide legal rights awareness and legal counseling for victims of domestic violence in Bamyan; and conduct three conferences on religious tolerance, humanism, and pluralism.

Health and Development Center for Afghan Women (HDCAW)
$40,000
To raise awareness of democratic governance, human rights, and rule of law. HDCAW will produce and distribute 10 issues of a magazine on democratic governance and civic participation in 4 provinces and distribute 2,200 copies of each issue among high schools, universities, civil society groups and NGOs, government agencies, provincial councils, and regional offices of HDCAW in Kabul, Parwan, Nangarhar, and Ghazni provinces.

Saba Media Organization (SMO)
$50,000
To raise public awareness of democratic values, human rights, women’s rights, and civil and political rights. SMO will produce 44 weekly educational radio programs to be broadcasted by Radio Nawa in 15 provinces. The programs will cover democracy and human rights principles, rights of women in Islam and international conventions, freedom of expression, and freedom of press.

Vital Voices Global Partnership
$45,066
To enhance leadership and communication skills of newly-elected Afghan women parliamentarians and promote networking and coalition building among women legislators inside Afghanistan. Vital Voices will conduct an intensive four-day workshop on leadership and communication skills. Vital Voices will monitor the activities and progress of the parliamentarians and provide them with necessary advice and assistance in achieving their goals.

Welfare Association for Development of Afghanistan (WADAN)
$280,000
To raise awareness among local power holders (maliks) and their local communities of democratic principles, encourage voter turnout in the district election, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Maliks Association. WADAN will conduct 48 three-day workshops in 48 districts throughout 13 provinces in Afghanistan, facilitate the development of new chapters of the National Maliks Association, and conduct two nation-wide meetings for the maliks.

Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA)
$75,400
To enhance leadership skills of women civil society leaders and to raise awareness of women’s rights. WASSA will conduct eight five-day women leadership workshops for total of 80 women in Herat, Badghis, Farah, and Ghor provinces. It will then select 20 of the participants for a three month professional internship in Kabul. WASSA will also produce a documentary on women’s rights and violence against women.