Asia

Burma 2016

Addressing Women’s Rights in War-affected Kachin State

NGO Strengthening

$25,000

To maintain a network of activists working to improve the conditions of Kachin women affected by war. The program will undertake a series of activities including trainings for youth members and regular network meetings aimed at improving the coordination and collaboration between like-minded actors focused on Kachin State.

 

Advancing Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in Shan State

Human Rights

$36,000

To raise awareness of and respect for human rights in Shan State. The project will consist of the gathering of firsthand accounts of human rights violations, the production and distribution of thematic advocacy reports and media alerts on significant human rights issues, and the conducting of a corresponding advocacy campaign targeting regional and international actors. Two human rights documentation trainings will also be organized to expand the grantee’s geographical coverage and activist networks.

 

Assistance for Political Prisoners: Documentation, Advocacy, and Rehabilitation

Human Rights

$66,667

To support the release, rehabilitation, and re-integration of political prisoners in Burma. The organization will conduct research and documentation; provide assistance to political prisoners, former political prisoners, and their families; and raise international awareness about the situation these groups face.

 

Building Trust Between Burman and Ethnic Activists

Human Rights

$60,000

To build trust and working relations between Burman and ethnic activists. The program will include networking trips for Burman activists to Burman and ethnic areas to maintain and coordinate a network of activists dedicated to the creation of a federal union of Burma.

 

Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Political Activism Resource Center

Freedom of Information

$85,000

To present in-depth, investigative news stories which might otherwise not be covered in the mainstream Burmese media and to maintain a resource center that provides a safe space where young people can meet to discuss contemporary affairs and network with other like-minded activists. The program will publish a monthly public affairs journal and maintain a political resource center to advance democratic learning and practice.  

 

Burmese-Language Satellite Television Broadcasts

Freedom of Information

$350,000

To provide independent news and information and to encourage and sustain independent public opinion in Burma.  The multimedia program will be comprised of daily satellite TV news and informational programs and a multilingual website.

 

Chin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$20,000

To increase awareness among Chin people about current news and events and to expose them to basic principles of politics, democracy, and ethnic rights. Project activities will include the production of news reports, the maintenance of various multimedia news platforms, and the publication of a weekly news brief that includes independent coverage and analysis of political news and ethnic issues that affect Chin communities.

 

Civil Society Development in Burma

Human Rights

$235,000

To enhance the capacity of civil society organizations in an effort to the consolidate the democratic transition that is occurring in the country.  The program activities, which will be conducted through networks of legal activists, labor and farmer rights activists, and civil society actors, will work to be carried out in effort to establish a viable, politically-engaged civil society that performs the dual role of assisting the new government to make the democratic transition irreversible while establishing itself as a watchdog on the new government.

 

Community Empowerment Training

Human Rights

$29,286

To provide skills-based training to youth and young professionals to allow them to articulate issues of local concern and seek positive resolutions to these problems.  The group will organize community empowerment workshops covering such issues as public policy, the environment, human rights, and democratic norms and principles and provide mentorship to fledgling civil society organizations.

 

Developing Media Monitoring Skills

Freedom of Information

$75,000

To inform the public about the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and online media reporting.  The program activities will include the development of a professional media monitoring initiative and advocacy efforts for democratic reforms, structural changes, and more pluralistic and balanced media coverage of political and social issues in Burma.

 

Documenting and Raising Awareness on Resource Extraction in Arakan State

Human Rights

$65,000

To raise awareness among Arakanese in resource extraction-affected areas and to develop policies for the establishment of institutions, laws, and mechanisms to manage oil and gas revenue transparently and accountably. Project activities will include supporting communities in raising their concerns to policymakers and engaging key stakeholders in discussing and devising policies that support revenue transparency, effective management systems, and international protection standards.

 

Domestic Election Monitoring and Civic Education

Civic Education

$125,000

To increase Burmese citizens’ civic awareness and understanding of democratic political processes.  The program will focus on the development of civic education programs to promote a democratic culture and a foundation for the spread of democratic ideas and values among civil society organization as well as local communities throughout the country.

 

Empowering Burmese Democracy Activists

Human Rights

$50,000

To strengthen citizen participation in the process of democratization and development in Burma, particularly the participation of workers, farmers, and members of the informal sector of the Burmese economy. The project will include the publication of periodical and other materials geared toward farmers and workers and a series of farmers’ and workers’ empowerment trainings.

 

Empowering Civil Society

Human Rights

$262,000

To support democracy activists in a range of efforts designed to make civil society more effective in moving Burma’s transition forward.  Working through networks of civil society actors, monks, and activists, the project will provide valuable strategic advice and practical support to a variety of independent civil society initiatives, including the publication of current affairs journals, the organization of training workshops, and the promotion of human rights through strategic litigation.

 

Empowering Local Communities on Legal Rights

Human Rights

$50,000

To raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate in peaceful efforts to promote democracy. The grantee will conduct eleven legal awareness and land rights trainings in four different regions and states.

 

Empowering Shan State Youth through Social Justice and Leadership Education

Civic Education

$40,000

To build the capacity of youth from Shan State and to increase youth participation in the movement for social and political change leading toward a genuine democratic Burma. Civil society and political leaders will be empowered through six-month and two-week intensive residential courses as well as weeklong field-based trainings focused on social justice, community development, leadership, and human rights.

 

Empowering Youth Leaders in Chin State

Civic Education

$50,000

To empower and create networking opportunities for youth leaders in Chin State. The project will include an intensive course focused on civic education, community service, and academic foundation skills. The program will also allow Chin youth from geographically separated areas of Chin State to meet one another, discuss common issues and problems, and build relationships to create a network of empowered young leaders.

 

Enhancing Democratic Awareness in Kachin State

Civic Education

$65,000

To train political activists from northern Burma in human rights, democracy, and foreign affairs. The project will include a year-long school-based program as well as organize a 45-day civic education and youth empowerment training, designed to equip participants to promote democracy, human rights, and civic engagement in their communities.

 

Enhancing Shan Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$50,000

To increase women’s participation in Burma’s democracy movement and to provide Shan women with the skills necessary to assume decision-making positions in their communities and organizations. Projects will include political outreach, women’s empowerment and capacity building workshops, documentation and advocacy on the situation of women in Shan State, and the provision of basic social services for Shan women and refugees.

 

Establishment of a Public Policy Think Tank

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

To provide policy-oriented research and analysis to the Burmese general public and policymakers.  The project activities will include h a series of roundtables and workshops, publication of a quarterly analytical journal, and dissemination of news and analysis through a website and social media.

 

Expanding an Independent Think Tank and Training Center in Rangoon

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

To expand discussion about the critical political issues facing Burma today and promote diversity in the political landscape through roundtable discussions and public events. The program activities will include trainings on comparative politics and public seminars on political science topics relevant to the issues confronting Burma today.

 

Expanding the Myanmar Writers’ Union

Human Rights

$30,000

To promote freedom of expression in Burma.  The project will seek to expand a network of writers dedicated to freedom of expression in Burma through networking trips, a national conference, the publication of a quarterly journal, and literary seminars and symposia. 

 

Fostering Alliances and Awareness for Democratic Reform

Democratic Ideas and Values

$97,110

To foster civil society alliances and increase awareness of governance and reform in the context of democratic political transitions. Program activities will cultivate a network of pro-democracy leaders in Burma through a series of trainings and meetings. The project will also expand a digital information hub and civil society network focused on political transition analysis and expertise by engaging an international network of prodemocracy activists and scholars.

 

Human Rights and Political Training for Ta’ang Youth

Human Rights

$40,000

To strengthen a network of human rights activists in Ta’ang areas of Shan State and to increase ethnically diverse citizen participation in politics and civil society. The program will include two training-of-trainers workshops; two-month training courses designed to build the capacity of Ta’ang youth in the areas of human rights, democracy, and community organizing; and ten youth exchanges organized by former trainees in their respective communities.

 

Human Rights Documentation and Civil Society Development in Mon State

Human Rights

$80,000

To promote increased understanding among Mon communities about human rights, democracy, the environment, community development, health issues, and the rights of women and children. The project will focus on seven core issues: human rights documentation, human rights advocacy, women’s and children’s rights, human rights and civic education, community organizing, civil society development, and women’s empowerment.

 

Human Rights Documentation, Advocacy, and Education

Human Rights

$100,000

To document, report on, and raise awareness about the human rights situation in Chin State and western Burma. The program will be composed of many activities, including the publication and distribution of a human rights newsletter, the maintenance of a news website, advocacy on human rights issues in Burma and internationally, the enhancement of the skills of local activists, and the organization of a student conference.

 

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy for Burma’s Muslim Minorities

Human Rights

$42,000

To monitor and raise awareness of human rights abuses committed against Burma’s Muslim minorities and to promote international support for greater respect for minority rights in Burma. The multi-faceted project will include monitoring and documenting human rights abuses committed against Burmese Muslim communities, conducting a series of advocacy meetings with key diplomatic missions and human rights organizations, and producing periodic reports.

 

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy for Burma’s Muslim Minorities

Human Rights

Supplement: $7,000

To monitor and build awareness of human rights abuses committed against Burma’s Muslim minorities and to promote international support for greater respect for minority rights in Burma. The multi-faceted project will include monitoring and documenting human rights abuses committed against Burmese Muslim communities, conducting a series of advocacy meetings with key diplomatic missions and human rights organizations, and producing periodic human rights reports.

 

Increasing Trade Union Capacity and Strategic Membership Growth

Solidarity Center (SC)

$265,000

To increase the structural and operational capacity of independent trade unions in Burma to defend worker rights and advance freedom of association. The center will provide training and mentoring to improve the structures, operations, and strategies of union federations. In addition, the center will provide training and support for a comprehensive industry database of key industrial worksites to support strategic organizing.

 

In-Depth Investigative Journalism

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide the Burmese people with high quality, in-depth, ethical, investigative journalism.  The project will be centered on the publication of a monthly, Burmese-language current affairs magazine, which will focus on investigative news pieces, and the maintenance of a companion website to the magazine.

 

Independent News and Information in Mon State

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Mon people about political, social, and economic developments in Mon State and southern Burma. The project will include the publication and distribution of a bi-monthly Mon-language newspaper.

 

Journalism Training School

Freedom of Information

$45,000

To enhance journalists’ understanding of issues critical to Burma’s political development, such as democratic governance, elections, social development, economics, human rights, and ethnic rights.  The program will include four long-term basic trainings for approximately 80 journalists from throughout the country at its school in Rangoon and two six-day trainings outside Rangoon.

 

Kachin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$40,000

To provide accurate and reliable information for Kachin and Burmese audiences about political, social, and economic developments in Kachin State and northeastern Burma. A Burmese-language newspaper published three times a month will provide independent news, features, and opinion for local audiences.

 

Kachin State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $25,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to Kachin and Burmese audiences about political, social, and economic developments in Kachin State and northeastern Burma. The project will include the publication of a Burmese-language newspaper and a trip by a delegation of Kachin civil society leaders to meet with Tibetan educators, government-in-exile officials, and civil society representatives.

 

Karen State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$48,000

To inform Karen communities about events and news in Karen State and eastern Burma, and to expose them to basic principles of media freedom, human rights, and democracy. The project will include the publication of a monthly newsletter and maintenance of a website in Burmese, Karen, and English to serve as primary news sources for Karen communities across Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and abroad.

 

Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Kachin State

Rule of Law

$50,000

To promote legal reform, raise awareness of rights and responsibilities, and provide legal assistance to people whose rights are violated in Kachin State. The program will include legal awareness trainings for Kachin citizens and provide support to human rights lawyers to help sustain their legal work.

 

Mobilizing Rohingya Communities to Promote and Protect Their Human Rights

Human Rights

$60,000

To promote political awareness and civic activism among Rohingya youth and community leaders and to highlight human rights abuses faced by Rohingya communities. The organization will arrange a series of political education trainings for Rangoon- and Arakan State-based Rohingya youth and community leaders, develop a website that will serve as a repository for documentation of human rights abuses and information about the Rohingya, and conduct advocacy meetings with governments and international civil society organizations.

 

Parliamentary Monitoring Program

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

To serve as an independent source of information on parliamentary proceedings and freedom of information legislation. The project activities will include the maintenance of a website that features a parliamentary watch database and bill tracking as well as research and advocacy on freedom of information legislation.

 

Political Reintegration of Former Political Prisoners

Human Rights

$25,000

To provide opportunities for former political prisoners to reengage in the political process. The program  will include advocacy efforts urging the Burmese government to release all remaining political prisoners and a series of roundtable events and seminars for former political prisoners to allow them to share their experiences.

 

Promoting and Advocating for Human Rights of Karen Communities

Human Rights

$35,000

To develop and strengthen human rights advocacy and documentation efforts to improve the protection of Karen villagers in eastern Burma. A Rangoon-based human rights campaign will be expanded by strengthening reporting and documentation, building networks among advocacy partners, conducting human rights documentation trainings, and increasing the distribution of in-depth reports among relevant media and political actors.

 

Promoting Citizen Engagement in the Policy Reform Process

NGO Strengthening

$40,000

To strengthen the capacity of democracy advocates to engage meaningfully in the policy reform process, focusing on HIV/AIDS and health-related legislation and policies as a pilot to develop a model for future policy advocacy on political issues. The multi-pronged project will include trainings on human rights advocacy concentrating on HIV/AIDS-related human rights violations and the development of a system for monitoring and documenting these human rights violations.

 

Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Awareness among Eastern Shan State Youth

Civic Education

$21,573

To promote civic engagement and political awareness among eastern Shan State youth. The grantee will open an office and training center; carry out a month-long women’s empowerment training program; support community-level civic education training programs; and host a political strategy meeting among network members.

 

Promoting Civic Engagement and Political Mobilization among Shan State Youth

Civic Education

$35,000

To promote civic engagement and political mobilization among Shan State youth. The project activities will include a three-month intensive training focused on empowering ethnic minority youth in subjects including civic education, political analysis, leadership, and English language and the maintenance of a youth center as a convening point for civil society campaigns and networking.

 

Promoting Civic Participation and Political Dialogue in Upper Burma

Civic Education

$70,000

To promote civic participation and political dialogue in Upper Burma. The multi-faceted program will include a series of trainings for activists, political party members, and university students on issues relating to democratic transitions, political strategies, and voter education; regular public discussions and lectures on political topics with guest speakers; a book club and community library; and policy research and analysis on local government services.

 

Promoting Civil Society in Kachin State

Human Rights

$40,000

To promote increased understanding among the Kachin of human rights, democracy, the environment, and community development. for the project will support information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations and enable activists to organize and network.

 

Promoting Civil Society in Mon State

Civic Education

$40,000

To promote increased understanding of human rights, democracy, the environment, and community development in Mon State. The project will support information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations and support activists to organize and network.

 

Promoting Civil Society in Mon State

Human Rights

$40,000

To encourage youth to take a more active role in the advancement of human rights and democracy and the development of civil society organizations. The project will include the production of a Mon- and Burmese-language journal on youth issues and a civic education and community organizing program designed to encourage increased cooperation and understanding among youth in Mon State.

 

Promoting Civil Society’s and Women’s Roles in Burma’s Transition

Human Rights

$50,000

To promote women’s rights and to support civil society organizations engaged in Burma’s transition process.  The project will include advocacy on a variety of issues affecting civil society, particularly women’s issues; the maintenance of a women’s center; a series of workshops designed to empower women and develop their leadership skills; and public talks and seminars about women’s rights and the role of women in society.

 

Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Awareness in Southern Shan State

Human Rights

$25,000

To promote greater understanding of democracy and human rights among Pa-O communities in southern Shan State. A biweekly Pa-O-language news journal will focus on current politics, development, and accountability; in addition, fifteen youth activists will participate in a training-of-trainers on topics including human rights and politics. The grantee will also translate and disseminate various articles on human rights abuses occurring at the local level to Burmese-language audiences to increase awareness of the lives of ethnic minorities.

 

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Political Awareness in Chin State

Democratic Ideas and Values

$35,000

To promote freedom of expression and political awareness in Chin State. Program activities will include a skills training for a state-wide journalist network, the production and publication of a bi-monthly magazine focused on political and human rights awareness, and public dialogues and debates with various political leaders, members of parliament, and civil society activists.

 

Promoting Kachin Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$60,000

To promote the rights of women in northern Burma and to strengthen the capacity of Kachin women to participate in politics and the peace process. The multi-faceted program will include a range of activities to support the empowerment of Kachin women, including programs focused on women’s participation in politics, political and human rights education, human rights documentation and research, health services, trafficking, and income generation.

 

Promoting Peace and Political Awareness in Arakan State

Civic Education

$45,000

To promote peace and political awareness in Arakan State. The project will include the development and implementation of intensive leadership programs focused on peace and civic education in three youth education centers and activities aimed at building positive relationships among diverse communities across Arakan State.

 

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives in Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $10,500

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. A quarterly journal will focus on illustrating various viewpoints on issues such as ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism, to facilitate discussion and raise awareness among political parties, government officials, and democracy activists.

 

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives in Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $6,000

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. A quarterly journal will focus on illustrating various viewpoints on issues such as ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism, to facilitate discussion and raise awareness among political parties, government officials, and democracy activists.

 

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives in Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $6,200

To promote political awareness of ethnic minority perspectives in Burma. The organization will publish a quarterly journal focused on ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism to facilitate dialogue and discussion among political parties, government officials, and pro-democracy activists.

 

Promoting Rights-Based Solutions to Deep-rooted Social and Political Problems

Human Rights

$64,000

To promote human rights through education, capacity building, community organizing, and advocacy. The program will organize a series of human rights education trainings and community organizing workshops, conduct advocacy campaigns, organize programs to prevent child trafficking, and implement a women’s rights program.

 

Promoting Student and Youth Participation in the Democratization Process

Human Rights

$35,000

To raise awareness among students and youth about human rights and democracy. The program will include a series of trainings, workshops, and political group discussions for youth from throughout Burma.

 

Promoting Ta’ang Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$42,000

To improve the capacity of Ta’ang women to participate in political developments and promote understanding among the Ta’ang of human rights, democracy, the environment, community development, and the rights of women. The program activities will include human rights documentation and research, workshops on preventing gender-based violence, and human rights and political empowerment trainings.

 

Promoting the Fundamental Human Rights of the Rohingya

Human Rights

$35,000

To build political support for humanitarian access to Rohingya populations and a greater respect for minority rights in Burma. Project activities will include conducting a series of advocacy meetings with diplomatic missions, political parties, and among human rights partner organizations; organizing an advocacy training for Rohingya leaders; and conducting media briefings.

 

Promoting Women’s Leadership and Political Participation

Civic Education

$65,000

To promote political participation among women community leaders and to mobilize a women’s leadership and policy network on key political issues. The program will consist of a series of leadership training seminars, women’s rights trainings, and policy consultations among women civil society activists, political party members, and MPs.

 

Promoting Women’s Political Participation

Human Rights

$45,000

To empower women to participate in politics and assume decision-making positions in their communities and organizations. The program activities will include the publication of a quarterly magazine on democracy and women’s rights and human rights and political empowerment trainings for women.

 

Promoting Women’s Political Participation in Chin State

Human Rights

$24,000

To increase the capacity of Chin women to participate in political developments in Chin State and within the broader democracy movement. The project will empower a group of women trainers and organize a series of civic education trainings focused on human rights, women’s rights, and politics in communities across western Burma.

 

Promoting Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Kachin State

Human Rights

$35,000

To narrow the gender gap between Kachin women and men in decision making at all levels of society, and to equip grassroots activists with the knowledge and skills to become effective advocates for women’s rights, democratic governance, and peace building. The multi-pronged program will include series of trainings on gender and politics and networking and advocacy activities on women’s rights.

 

Promoting Youth Civic Awareness and Political Engagement

Civic Education

$20,000

To promote youth civic awareness and political engagement through the establishment of an information center. The center will promote greater understanding of politics and the democratic process by surveying citizens’ concerns, developing informational and advocacy materials, and creating a platform for direct engagement with government officials.

 

Providing Reliable Information on Extractive Industries

Freedom of Information

$50,000

To provide accurate and reliable information about resource extraction, land rights, and environmental issues. A bi-monthly journal will focus on the nexus between politics, development, and the environment to promote greater transparency in extractive industry decision-making and operations and rights awareness among affected communities.

 

Public Policy and Resource Extraction in Kachin State

Human Rights

$60,000

To promote natural resource extraction and development policy processes that include civil society representatives and local community leaders. The program activities will include a series of workshops on natural resource management and development policy designed to help facilitate the creation of a natural resource extraction policy that is fair and equitable for the people of Kachin State.

 

Shan State News and Information Service

Freedom of Information

$45,000

To provide accurate and reliable information to the Shan and wider Burmese communities, as well as Thai and international audiences, about political, social, and economic developments in Shan State. Program activities will include a monthly Shan-language news journal, a TV and radio news program, and a multilingual website and social media news platforms.

 

Strengthening Burma’s Human Rights Movement

Human Rights

$75,000

To build the capacity of the human rights movement and expose human rights abuses occurring throughout the country.  Training and technical support will help build the skills of human rights defenders and organizations throughout Burma. In addition, the project will also include monitoring and documentation efforts.

 

Strengthening Burma’s Human Rights Movement

Human Rights

Supplement: $9,000

To build the capacity of indigenous human rights organizations as well as raise awareness of human rights abuses occurring throughout the country.  The project will focus on training and technical support to human rights defenders and organizations throughout Burma as well monitoring and documentation efforts.

 

Efforts to Maintain and Expand the Democratic Space in Burma

Human Rights

$80,000

To increase awareness about and deepen analysis of political developments in Burma.  The project includes a range of activities designed to increase awareness about political developments in Burma and to strengthen international efforts to advance political reform in the country.

 

Strengthening Efforts to Prevent Mass Violence

Human Rights

$75,000

To strengthen efforts to prevent mass violence in Burma.  The research project will seek to highlight and support counter-narratives that people in Burma use both to oppose extremist rhetoric and reconcile their own uncertainties and fears in ways that do not promote violence.

 

Strengthening Leadership for Citizens’ Engagement in the Political Process

Civic Education

$55,000

To strengthen the knowledge and skills of political party leaders and civil society activists. The project activities will include advanced political leadership training and the development and implementation of action plans designed to deliver social change.

 

Strengthening Property Rights in Burma

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$189,506

To strengthen civil society’s capacity to effectively advocate for increased protections of property rights. The project will support a national grassroots coalition through expert-led strategic planning and coalition-building activities that will amplify civil society voices in policy dialogues. The center will also organize legal trainings and advocacy roundtables designed by local and global experts to boost civil society’s knowledge among civil society of the available legal protections, tools, and processes for defending the land rights of marginalized communities.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Burma’s Leading Journalists

Freedom of Information

$60,000

To build the capacity of Burma’s leading journalists. A series of advanced professional trainings focused on Burmese media history, ethics, law, and investigative journalism will address major gaps in journalists’ previous education and exposure. In addition, program staff will mentor and support investigative journalist teams to research and write about the country’s most pressing political issues.

 

Supporting Citizen-Centered Democratic Processes

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$395,000

To promote citizen-centered democratic processes in Burma’s national and state parliaments. The institute will provide technical assistance to political party members to help foster linkages between elected members of parliament at all parliamentary levels, local party branch offices and constituents in Shan State.  A series of consultations and trainings will strengthen political party institutions and improve the organizational capacity of local party branch offices to plan and conduct constituent outreach and support the parties’ state- and national-level MPs.

 

Supporting Citizen-Centered Democratic Processes

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Supplement: $54,250

To promote citizen-centered democratic processes in Burma’s national and state parliaments. The institute will provide technical assistance to political party members to help foster linkages between elected members of parliament (MPs) at all parliamentary levels, local party branch offices, and constituents in Shan State.  The institute will seek to strengthen political party institutions and improve the organizational capacity of local party branch offices to plan and conduct constituent outreach and support the parties’ MPs.

 

Supporting Civic Engagement and Policy Research in Upper Burma

Democratic Ideas and Values

$60,000

To promote civic engagement and policy research in Upper Burma. The project will include a series of trainings focused on political science, civic education, and women’s leadership, and the publication of a bi-monthly magazine focused on democratic policy development and local governance issues.

 

Supporting Policy Development Among Ethnic Nationality Leaders

Democratic Ideas and Values

$80,000

To support policy development among ethnic nationality leaders. The multi-faceted program will include the provision of technical assistance to ethnic political leaders involved in the peace process through the drafting and publication of policy papers and the organization of seminars; public outreach among civil society; and briefings for government, media, and international actors.

 

Supporting the Development of High-Quality, Data-Driven Policy Analysis

Democratic Ideas and Values

$80,000

To support the development of high-quality, independent, data-driven policy analysis and its effective use in public policy deliberations.  In-person and remote consultations will be conducted with project scholars and experts to develop a platform for cooperation and collaboration among individuals and organizations seeking to work in the policy research and advocacy fields.

 

Supporting the Development of Quality, Data-driven Policy Analysis

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $25,000

To support the development of high quality, independent, Burmese-developed policy analysis, and its effective use in public policy deliberations.  The project will include in-person and remote consultations with project scholars and experts and provide a platform for building informal networks and connections within the broader democratic movement.

 

Supporting the Re-Integration and Political Mobilization of Ex-Political Prisoners in Upper Burma

Civic Education

$40,000

To support the re-integration and political mobilization of ex-political prisoners in Upper Burma. The project will include a series of trainings focused on women’s leadership, civic education, and transitional justice to promote civic activism and to help educate and mobilize ex-political prisoners in the country’s evolving democratic transition.

 

The Irrawaddy: An English and Burmese-Language Multimedia News Service

Freedom of Information

$150,000

To support independent media in Burma and to provide independent news and information about Burma and events in Southeast Asia. The project activities will include the maintenance of a Burmese- and English-language website and the development of an application for mobile phone users in order to attract new readers.

 

Think Tank Development: Budget Research and Advocacy

NGO Strengthening

$75,000

To strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society organizations. The program will include research and capacity-building training, as well as technical support to Burmese civil society organizations on budget review processes and systems that allow for more input from the public during the budget preparation process.

 

Unions and Democracy

Solidarity Center (SC)

$250,000

To support efforts by Burmese trade unions to grow and diversify their membership, educate workers about fundamental rights, protect workers from discrimination, and advocate for improved labor laws and policies. The center will support the outreach and education work of union organizers throughout Burma, as well as the work of labor lawyers in Rangoon and Mandalay.

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