Iraq

Afkar Society for Relief and Development
$27,000*
To build the organizational capacity of emerging NGOs and encourage networking and coordination between and among Iraqi NGOs in Al-Anbar province. Afkar Society for Development and Relief will conduct a capacity-building program for 20 NGOs in Al-Anbar province’s main cities— Alqaim, Kabisah, Haditha, Hīt, Ramadi, Khaliddiyya, and Falluja— and facilitate networking among these organizations.

Al Jihat Ularba Establishment for Media (Four Corners)
$50,200
To encourage women activists in Tikrit to effectively utilize local print, radio, and television media to communicate their agendas to the general public. Four Corners will train 48 women activists in methods for enhancing the effectiveness of public outreach efforts, primarily through increasing media savviness and participation in local media outlets. Participants will receive intensive media training and placement assistance in local media outlets.

Almahaba FM
$29,000*
To strengthen independent media organizations and t o promote tolerance, pluralism, and national reconciliation among Iraqi citizens. Alamahaba FM will sustain its radio station and produce seven live radio shows to be aired in the daily four-hour broadcasting in seven provinces: Baghdad, Diyala, Wasit, Babel, Karbala, Salah Eddine, Najaf, and Alanbar .

Almarefa Cultural Institute
$60,200*
To increase civic and democratic awareness among Iraqis in Karbala. Almarefa Cultural Institute will conduct 20 seminars and continue to publish its democracy magazine. Almarefa will also maintain its website to serve as a democracy forum for the community and establish the first research center in the city to conduct surveys among residents on political development and the work of the local and central government.

Almustakbal Association for Iraqi Women
$25,000*
To promote civic values and democratic practices among young people in Basra province. Almustakbal Association for Iraqi Women will conduct a survey, produce eight radio programs, organize 16 seminars, and design and print leaflets and posters encouraging civic participation among young people and women in the province.

Alyaqeen Center
$23,000*
To encourage women’s political participation and to develop leadership skills among women. Alyaqeen Center will conduct extensive training workshops targeting 200 women activists from 10 districts in Baghdad. Alyaqeen will also organize dialogue sessions among women’s activists and parliamentarians, ministries’ representatives, and leaders of institutions concerned about women’s political participation.

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$1,500,001
To continue building the capacity of Iraqi unions to organize, service members, and train workers. The Solidarity Center will continue to conduct its training-of-trainers program, hold seminars for non-unionized workers, provide technical and logistical support, develop and translate educational materials, train facilitators and evaluators, provide support for a “permanent coordination committee” for labor federations in Iraq, conduct specialized training for trade union women, and build alliances between Iraqi unions and their counterparts worldwide.

American Society for Kurds (ASK)
$37,597*
To raise citizens’ awareness in northern Iraq about the duties of the parliament and the judicial branch and the role of citizen oversight. ASK will continue monitoring the parliament in the Kurdish Regional Government. ASK will also expand its program to act as a judicial watchdog at the judicial branch.

ASUDAfor Combating Violence against Women
$50,200*
To raise awareness about women’s rights. ASUDA will monitor and report on abuses of women’s rights in northern Iraqi cities. ASUDA will also organize a capacity-building training program for ten newly established women’s NGOs from central and southern Iraq and conduct a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the urgent need to combat violence against women.

Athar Center for Development
$30,000*
To encourage youth civic participation in the Dhiqar province. Athar Center for Development will train young people to participate in public life and debate local issues through leadership and management training workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions, and a local youth conference .

Badlisy Cultural Center (BCC)
$38,950*
To raise awareness among young people about anti-corruption and transparency in Sulaimaniya province and to encourage cooperation between Iraqi NGOs in the north and their counterparts in the south. BCC will perform 25 mobile theater shows in Sulaimaniya province, conduct awareness raising workshops on anti-corruption and transparency, produce wall posters bulletins, and publish its quarterly human rights newsletter, Namah.

Baghdad Women’s Association (BWA)
$34,000*
To engage women in the national reconciliation process. BWA will conduct a year-long series of 24 training workshops for 360 Baghdad women leaders representing NGO activists, students, and government employees. BWA will also conduct a civic awareness campaign using posters and leaflets about the role women can play in this process.

Bent Alrafidain (BAR)
$55,000*
To continue to conduct democracy and political awareness courses for women. BAR will conduct two series of training courses for 240 women leaders and activists in Babel. BAR will also expand and improve upon its website to report on women’s conditions in five southern provinces. BAR will produce and publish 12 issues of its monthly periodical and increase its distribution to 1,500 copies per month.

Center for International Private Enterprise(CIPE)
$1,501,993*
To continue building a constituency for market oriented democratic development. CIPE will assist business associations with capacity building and advocacy training, work with political parties to create economic platforms, conduct entrepreneurship training programs, analyze changes in the private sector regarding economic and political reforms, support a Free Market studies institute, and increase public awareness of the role of free market reforms in sustaining democratic gains.

Civil Society Initiative (CSI)
$45,300*
To increase the awareness and engagement of youth NGOs and political party representatives in civic participation. CSI will provide training on leadership, civic activism, and youth political participation to 20 young people in five local cities in and around Sulaimaniya province, and channel their training into the development of a series of five youth-focused television shows and five issues of a youth magazine to provide an outlet for political expression and activism.

Cultural Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
$21,200*
To promote tolerance, pluralism and universal human and civil rights to Iraqi citizens. CCHR will lead a campaign to promote pluralism and tolerance by organizing 25 awareness seminars, six tolerance forums, six radio talk shows, and a website dedicated to the promotion of pluralism. CCHR seeks also to create a forum for public expression and debate on tolerance and pluralism.

The Cultural Humanitarian Organization for the Future of Iraq (CHOFI)
$26,000*
To develop women’s leadership skills and equip them to effectively counter corruption and advocate for women’s role in public life in the province of Najaf. CHOFI will conduct two phases of training-trainers workshops targeting NGO activists and government employees. CHOFI will also conduct a survey and organize a conference about women’s public participation.

Cultural Women Center for Women’s Rights Activists (CWCWRA)
$36,000
To educate women to raise civic awareness on anti-corruption in Karbala. CWCWRA, previously named Women of Mesopotamia, will organize a year-long series of training seminars for 250 women and conduct an interactive theater program on anti-corruption and transparency issues for women. CWCWRA will perform 14 shows in both rural and urban areas throughout the province of Karbala.

Democracy and Human Rights Development Center (DHRD)
$28,000*
To promote transparency and accountability in the judicial process in Sulimaniya, in northern Iraq. DHRD will train five experienced Sulimaniya-based lawyers to serve as “court watchers” to monitor and report on local court proceedings, conduct a judicial procedural awareness workshop for 30 legal professionals and members of the security forces, and conduct a two-day conference on judicial reform needs in northern Iraq.

Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights and Democracy Monitoring
$30,900*
To promote democracy and human rights values among Iraqi youth in the Salah Eddine province. Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights and Democracy Monitoring will conduct training workshops for teachers and students on democracy and human rights principles and values in the Salah Eddine province. The organization will also develop a network of volunteers among young people in Salah Eddine.

Humanitarian Charity Organization (HCO)
$20,000*
To encourage women’s political participation. Humanitarian Charity Organization ( HCO) will organize a series of seminars in Missan targeting 660 men and women about women’s political participation. HCO will also conduct a survey on obstacles facing women’s political participation and discuss these obstacles in a public meeting.

IBDAA Organization for Dialogue, Education and Art
$214,000*
To alleviate sectarian tensions and promote national unity in Mosul, as part of a conflict mediation project in the six most volatile governorates of Iraq. Relying on newly completed comprehensive population mapping of target governorates, IBDAA will employ incremental conflict resolution strategies and will initially target small homogenous groups of participants. As the program progresses, commonalities among the disparate groups of participants will be revealed.

International Youth Association (IYA)
$23,000*
To mobilize political, civic and opinion leaders on the issue of corruption among militias. IYA will conduct 30 two-day seminars for 900 participants representing media professionals, political party representatives, national security officers, civil society representatives and religious leaders from major Iraqi provinces . IYA will distribute 1,000 copies of a quarterly report, distribute 1,500 posters, and build an advocacy network in six provinces.

Iraq Civic Action Network (ICAN)
$70,520*
To build the institutional capacity of civil society organizations and increase their cooperation across geographic, ethnic, and religious lines. ICAN will work with participating organizations to establish networks capable of leading efforts to train additional civil society groups throughout the country. Participating organizations will be chosen to ensure geographic, ethnic, and gender diversity.

Iraqi al-Firdaws Society
$30,400*
To promote national reconciliation among Iraqi citizens in Basra province. The Iraqi Alfirdaws Society will conduct 48 interactive seminars, reaching out to over 2,000 concerned citizens, and will design and print 5,000 leaflets to conduct an awareness-raising campaign to mobilize public support for national reconciliation efforts.

Iraqi Future Foundation (IFF)
$74,000*
To promote citizen participation in the democratic and civic processes through traditional social structures in Al Anbar province, with the immediate goal of supporting reconciliation and conflict resolution activities. IFF will work closely with local leaders to promote democracy, help reconcile the political gap, and resolve inter- and intra-ethnic conflict in Iraq, and specifically in Al Anbar province.

Iraqi Human Rights Organization (IHRO)
$33,000*
To monitor, document, and report on human rights violations. IHRO will organize extensive trainings for human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and law students in Baghdad. IHRO will also organize weekly visits to prisons throughout the country to document, monitor, and report on human rights violations taking place in government facilities.

Iraqi Human Rights Watch Society (IHRWS)
$25,000*
To raise awareness among residents of Karbala to the extent of corruption in public institutions and the need to fight it. IHRWS will raise public awareness of the need to support anti-corruption efforts and establish mechanisms through advocacy and dissemination of information in Karbala province. IHRWS also seeks to build and train a core group of activists on combating corruption.

Iraqi Organization for Human Rights Coordination (IOHRC)
$51,000
To raise public awareness of the anticipated constitutional amendment process and encourage citizen participation. IOHRC will draft, print, and distribute a pamphlet outlining the most likely proposed constitutional amendments and their potential impact. IOHRC will also conduct workshops in central and south-central Iraq to solicit opinions on the constitutional amendment process which will be communicated to parliament’s constitutional amendment committee, related ministries, and government agencies .

Iraqi Organization for Preparing Young Leaders (IOPYL)
$35,000*
To establish a training center for cultivating young leaders in active civic roles. IOPYL will conduct a year-long series of three courses on leadership skills, public speaking, and communication skills. The courses will target young leaders in districts within the city of Baghdad.

Iraqi Youth Association for Peace (IYA)
$34,200*
To educate young people from cities marred by violence on civic activism as an alternative to political violence. IYA will conduct 40 workshops for youth in Baghdad. IYA will conclude its program by organizing a national conference bringing together civil society players from various governorates to discuss the issue of violence and how it is best addressed at the national level.

Journalism Gifts
$30,000
To identify obstacles faced by journalists and draft a new national press law to remedy them. Journalism Gifts will organize workshops for local journalists, design a website to solicit discussion and suggestions, and launch a media campaign. Participants will produce a draft law and launch an advocacy campaign to rally support for the project ahead of the final draft law’s submittal to parliament.

Kurdish Institute for Elections (KIE)
$40,000*
To support civil society efforts to monitor and inform Iraqi citizens in Sulaimaniyya, Irbil, and Dohuk of their rights in the legislative process. KIE will establish a legal observation unit to conduct monthly monitoring of the Kurdish National Assembly’s legislative activities and provide analysis, reporting, and media outreach to increase public awareness around four major laws regarding associations, polygamy, anti-corruption, and the press.

Love and Peace Society (LPS)
$32,600*
To educate internally displaced persons and local residents in Dhiqar province on alternatives to violence and sectarianism. LPS will conduct a series of 32 training workshops and train women participants on basic computer skills and access to information on the internet

Nahrain Electronic Encyclopedia
$55,000*
To provide Iraqis with credible news on political developments in the country. Nahrain Electronic Encyclopedia will continue to develop and expand the collection and dissemination of information through its website. Nahrain Electronic Encyclopedia will also develop a network of young reporters and contributors.

Organization for a Model Iraqi Society (OMIS)
$44,000*
To support civil society efforts to develop strategies for a transitional justice process in Iraq. OMIS will train a cadre of nine trainers on transitional justice and strategic planning. OMIS will also organize three workshops each in Baghdad, Basra, and Kirkuk for 35 human rights activists, legal experts, and civil society representatives to develop policy recommendations and advocacy plans targeting government, civil society, and the legal sector.

People in Need (PIN)
$140,200*
To promote a better understanding among community players in southern Iraq of the basis, concepts, and methods of conflict resolution. PIN will conduct a survey among students in southern provinces of Missan, Basra, and Thiqar; organize an extensive training workshop in Amman for core southern NGOs; conduct a series of local workshops among university students, and hold meetings bring together major community players.

South Organization for Constitutional Research and Human Rights (SOCRHR)
$20,000*
To raise awareness among Iraqi citizens of constitutional articles, forms, and modalities of federalism. SOCRHR will conduct constitutional awareness seminars for 9,600 citizens in four southern Iraqi provinces on federalism within the Iraqi constitution. SOCHRHR will also conduct an informal survey of public awareness and preferences for modalities and forms of implementation of federalism to be distributed in a report to Iraqi law makers.

Southern Youth Organization (SYO)
$30,000*
To enhance institutional capacity of newly founded NGOs in Dhiqar province. SYO will conduct capacity-building training sessionsthroughout Dhiqar province for 50 NGOs .

Student League for Human Rights (SLHR)
$43,000
To promote the engagement of Iraqi youth in the national reconciliation process (NRP). SLHR will launch a youth campaign in support of the NRP, including a poster and petition awareness campaign; ten radio programs targeting young people in central, southern and northern Iraqi governorates; and six youth conferences. SLHR will also establish a website and conduct 24 capacity building workshops for 720 activists from seven universities.

Sufara’a Al-Taf
$39,000*
To build organizational capacity of emerging NGOs in Babel province. Sufara’a Al-Taf will conduct a capacity building program to train 240 staff and civil society activists from 60 NGOs in Babel , Wasit, and Diwaniyya provinces on basic planning skills. Sufara’a Al-Taf will also encourage networking and coordination among these NGOs.

Women and Child Rights Center (WCRC)
$28,000
To raise awareness about the role of women in public life. WCRC will conduct surveys among the general public and produce 30 radio programs and 15 television debates to educate women activists in Diwaniyya, Hilla, Kut, Najaf, and Karbala on the importance of using media as a communication tool for advocacy campaigns.