Egypt

American Islamic Congress
$21,900
To strengthen youth debate and criti­cal thinking skills for engagement in civil society and the democratic process. AIC will lead a four-day training workshop in Cairo for twenty Egyptian youth between the ages of 18 and 27 and prepare them to lead a series of four public debates on critical civic and political issues.

Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies
$53,200
To strengthen youth understanding of the Egyptian parliament and enhance re­gional activists' use of new technologies as accountability tools. AITAS will lead 12 model parliament training and simula­tion courses for 300 youth, and share its experience using web-based technologies for civic engagement by hosting a month-long internship for ten youth activists from the Middle East and North Africa region.

Arab Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights
$25,000
To advocate for legal guarantees en­suring detainees’ rights to a telephone call and raise awareness among legal and media professionals, policymakers and citizens. ACSFT will launch a two-pronged national advocacy campaign working with lawyers to draft and pres­ent amendments to the Criminal Proce­dures Law and journalists to develop and disseminate information to the public.

Arab Foundation for Supporting Civil Society
$23,600
To promote the independence of civil soci­ety institutions and raise public awareness of their importance and the challenges they face through cooperation and support from the media. AFSCS will conduct four training workshops for 100 journalists and civil society representatives on monitor­ing freedom of association violations, and extend its outreach on these efforts through a web site and monthly newsletter.

Association of the Egyptian Female Lawyers
$24,000
To strengthen women’s leadership and par­ticipation in the decision-making process within bar associations. AEFL will launch an advocacy campaign calling for a quota for women in both the national and local branches of the Egyptian Bar Association.

Bokra for Media Production, Media Studies, and Human Rights
$25,000
To strengthen the role of new media in providing independent and objective coverage and investigative reports on political, social, and cultural issues. Bokra will lead six training workshops for 120 youth in professional media skills as well as online and social networking media tools; and produce 12 online radio pro­grams that will be aired on Radio Bokra.

Bridge Center for Development and Dialogue
$25,000
To promote youth expression and engage­ment in community issues through new media. BCDD will train 45 youth between the ages of 17 and 27 in the use of new and traditional media tools to produce short films and other new media campaigns that will be posted on the center’s human rights web portal www.egytube.info.

Budgetary and Human Rights Observatory
$27,000
To promote accountability and transpar­ency, and increase public awareness of the national budget. BAHRO will ana­lyze and evaluate the projected national budget and fund allocations for Egypt’s five-year development plan (2008 -2012) versus actual expenditures and imple­mentation of development initiatives; and produce two reports, one summariz­ing their budget analysis and another on privatization’s effect on the state budget.

Cairo Liberal Forum
$19,520
To expand the use of social advertising among young activists for the promo­tion of democratic ideas and values and build the capacity of a youth-led NGO. CLF will train and provide ongoing support in the production and targeted dissemination of social advertisement campaigns to 40 Cairo and Minya youth between the ages of 18 and 25.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$750,497
To promote democratic governance in Egyptian institutions and facilitate dia­logue on democratic governance prin­ciples among the private sector, public sector, and civil society in Egypt. CIPE will conduct workshops on democratic governance and produce a democratic governance toolkit in Arabic; work with universities to incorporate CIPE’s Develop­ment Institute into their curriculum; and conduct workshops at the governorate level to promote corporate citizenship.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$207,805
To build consensus on the reform priorities of Egypt’s business community through the National Business Agenda process and engage Egyptian policymakers to effect legislative and/or regulatory change based on the agenda’s recommendations. CIPE will assist EJB in mobilizing its members to voice their concerns and priorities through an updated NBA and developing a legislative review of specific reforms in the transportation and logistics sector.

Center for International Private Enterprise
$188,601
To engage civil society organizations to participate in the democratic process by strengthening their capacity to advo­cate for free market legislative reform on behalf of their members. FEDA will submit to Parliament legislation to expand street vendor rights and make recom­mendations regarding existing draft laws on bankruptcy, market exit rules, de­centralization, and local administration currently being circulated in Parliament.

Democratic Forum for Youth
$21,600
To support and strengthen a new gen­eration of political leaders. DFY will build the leadership skills of 150 political party youth; enhance their understand­ing of democratic ideas and values; and promote multi-partisan networking and communication through five three-day workshops and a networking event.

Egyptian Center for Education Rights
$26,000
To strengthen an independent teachers net­work, enable its members to advocate for the welfare of teachers, and support the formation of an independent and demo­cratic trade union for education profession­als, ECER will lead three training courses on good governance in independent trade unions and a series of six workshops for developing a legal framework for govern­ing an independent and democratic union.

Egyptian Democracy Institute
$35,700
To promote accountability and transparency of the Egyptian parliament through public participation in the legislative process and build the legislative capacity of members of Parliament. EDI will monitor parliamen­tary sessions and committee meetings, produce quarterly monitoring reports, and hold 12 seminars to discuss and offer recommendations on proposed legislation.

Egyptian Democratic Academy
$25,000
To expand the use of new media and social advertising campaigns for the promo­tion of pluralism and tolerance among Egyptian youth. EDA will lead two train­ing workshops for 30 youth from diverse religious and political backgrounds whose top ten participants will attend a follow-up camp to further hone their skills; and develop a total of 13 media campaigns over the course of the program.

El-hak Center for Democracy and Human Rights
$23,000
To strengthen the capacity of local media and to enable them to report more ef­fectively on local community issues. El-hak Center for Democracy and Human Rights will lead four media management seminars for editors and administra­tors; and eight professional develop­ment workshops for young journalists in the Minya, North Sinai, Marsa Ma­trouh, and Sharkeya governorates.

Fares Foundation for Social Welfare
$25,000
To promote democratic ideas and val­ues among youth in Daqahliyah. FFSW will work with a youth theater group to take their play on political participation to different communities across the gover­norate; and encourage greater participa­tion in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections through discussion sessions before and after each play.

Freedom House
$89,000
To increase transparency in the elec­toral process and strengthen cooperation among a network of local activists and bloggers. Freedom House will partner with a local network of 120 civic activists and independent bloggers, to design and launch an interactive online platform that will provide timely and accurate informa­tion on the 2010 parliamentary elections.

Hukuk Elnas
$60,000
To promote the concept of street law in Egypt and the Middle East North Africa region and strengthen Egyptian aware­ness of legal rights and the existing mechanisms available to demand those rights. Hukuk Elnas will continue providing immediate, pro bono legal advice through a telephone hotline, instant messag­ing, and other social networking tools.

Human Development Association
$25,000
To build the capacity of provincial NGOs in monitoring and responding to electoral vio­lations through the media and legal mecha­nisms and encourage public oversight over election processes. HDA will work with an NGO election coalition representing 19 governorates to train 25 local journalists and 25 lawyers on electoral processes and rights and respond to irregulari­ties through media and legal channels.

Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
$55,000
To disseminate information on civil society and democratization in the Arab world and promote democratic ideas and values. ICDS will publish a monthly newsletter and an annual report on civil society and democratization in the Arab world; and will hold weekly discussion seminars on topics related to civil society and democratization.

International Center for Justice and Legal Support and Advocating
$20,000
To strengthen women’s leadership within local councils in the West Delta region. ICJLSA will continue to support the Delta Forum for Women Leaders established last year to promote networking and professional development among local women political leaders by training and integrating local councilwomen, hold­ing a series of public panel discussions, and publishing a quarterly newsletter.

Justice and Citizenship Center for Human Rights
$93,400
To promote transparency and accountabil­ity of local councils in Minya governorate, strengthen their effectiveness, and engage citizens in the decision-making process. JCCHR will monitor five councils and train constituents and council members to strengthen their engagement and effective­ness. Also, to strengthen citizen participa­tion in parliamentary elections and promote greater oversight and accountability in electoral procedures. JCCHR will work with a coalition of provincial NGOs on voter education and election monitoring activities.

Lawyers for Justice and Peace
$34,134
To engage youth in bridging the gap between citizens and their local offi­cials for resolution of community prob­lems in the greater Cairo region. LJP will train 120 young activists and work with them to lead awareness seminars; form committees to discuss commu­nity affairs with local leaders; and hold dialogue sessions with officials to ad­vocate on behalf of community needs.

Mogtamaana for Development and Human Rights Association
$25,000
To promote transparency and account­ability of local government councils and engage citizens in the decision-making process at the local level. Mogtamaana will observe and report on local council meetings in the October 6 government; form local youth committees to serve as community organizers; organize discus­sions among local government officials and community leaders including the youth committees; and disseminate information to the public on local government activities.

Moussawa Center
$18,500
To strengthen and support a cadre of young civic and political activists in the Port Said governorate who are well positioned to mobilize and engage their communities in public affairs. MCHR will train a total of 200 young civic and political leaders in Port Said in developing and implementing advo­cacy campaigns and community organizing.

The National Association for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms
$46,300
To promote awareness of women’s civil and political rights in rural areas and encourage women’s political participa tion. NADRF will conduct a training-of-trainers workshop for 30 women leaders on leadership and management skills in five new governorates: Alexandria, Ismailia, Daqahliyah, Bahr Al Ahmar and Suez. Trainees will then lead an awareness seminar for 25 men and women in each of the governorates.

Nazra for Feminist Studies
$24,500
To strengthen the capacity of young civic organizations in the effective de­velopment and implementation of gender sensitive policies, practices and pro­grams. NFS will assess, train, and work with five young civic organizations to develop and adopt internal and exter­nal gender mainstreaming strategies.

New Horizons Association for Social Development
$30,000
To raise awareness of existing political systems and mechanisms and promote ac­tive citizenship among small-scale farmers, women, and youth. NHASD will lead two civic education workshops in the farming community of Balat that link civic activ­ism to existing agricultural development efforts; and organize a conference for local youth to identify and propose solutions to challenges facing their community.

One World Foundation for Development and Civil Society Care
$37,800
To strengthen local media reporting on the decentralization process and pro­mote greater transparency and account­ability at the local level. One World will lead three repetitive workshops to train a total of 75 local journalists in Fayoum, Ismailia and Beni Suef, during which top trainees will be selected to participate in a month-long internship at an established Cairo-based print or online newspaper.

Our Hands for Comprehensive Development
$21,500
To engage Minya youth in civic activism and encourage youth-led initiatives in public affairs. OHCD will lead a three-tiered training program to orient local youth through a series of short seminars, train a smaller group in leadership skills, and conduct a political education course for the top 25 participants who will encourage voter registration in their communities.

The Project on Middle East Democracy
$190,000
To strengthen Egyptian NGO’s abil­ity to advance policy recommendations based on sound research and analy­sis. POMED will work with three local partners over the course of two years to build and strengthen the capacity of Egyptian NGOs to lead parliamen­tary tracking efforts and produce high-quality policy and budget analyses.

Regional Center for Research and Consultations
$20,000
To enhance the performance of fe­male members of parliament. RCRC will develop training guidebooks based on recommendations that emerged from a survey of 18 past and present women MPs conducted under a previ­ous grant, and lead training workshops for newly elected women parliamen­tarians and their technical staff.

Roueya for Development and Media Studies
$20,000
To support the development and improve the quality of electronic journalism. RCDMS will lead four training courses on professionalism in electronic me­dia; two workshops on strengths and weakness of electronic media cover­age as compared to that of print media; two roundtable discussions to draft modifications in the regulatory envi­ronment for electronic media; and five discussion sessions to develop a Code of Conduct for Electronic Media.

Rural Development Association
$30,000
To build the capacity of local councils in the Minofiya governorate and strengthen members’ effectiveness. RDA will train 100 local council members in how to more effectively exercise their over­sight duties and promote accountabil­ity at the local level, and lead a series of community forum sessions where citizens will address community is­sues directly with local officials.

Rural Studies Center
$40,000
To promote transparency and accountability by engaging local council members and ru­ral community leaders in confronting cor­ruption and to strengthen leadership and planning skills among political party cadres. RSC will lead six training workshops for local leaders on confronting corruption at the local level; disseminate information on corruption in Egypt through online tools and print publications; and lead a politi­cal party leadership training program.

Sawa Association for the Development of Society, Woman, Child and Environment
$23,900
To strengthen the rule of law on free­dom of association cases in Giza. SAWA will develop a network of 15 lawyers to pursue the enforcement of exist­ing laws concerning freedom of asso­ciation and NGO rights through which the lawyers will file approximately 50 cases on behalf of NGOs and meet on a quarterly basis to exchange ex­periences and legal strategies.

Sons of Land Center for Human Rights
$26,000
To support the workers’ movement and promote the rights of Egyp­tian workers across various sectors. SLCHR will build workers’ capac­ity to demand their rights through two workshops and four seminars.

Technology Center for Human Rights
$20,000
To promote monitoring the right to a fair trial. TCHR will create a new dy­namic website and online application, train forty lawyers to accurately document abuses in the legal system, and gener­ate periodic reports, press releases, and urgent action alerts more efficiently.