Latin America and Caribbean

Venezuela 2016

 

Advocating for Reforms that Restore Checks and Balances

Rule of Law

$43,600

To promote the restoration of checks and balances as well as respect for human rights. The state of Venezuela’s democracy will be surveyed, and specific recommendation in areas than can be strengthened will be provided. A targeted awareness campaign to address some of these issues will be conducted.

 

Assessing the State of Democracy

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement: $40,000

To enhance academic and public understanding on Venezuela’s democratic culture.  Data will be collected on citizen perceptions on the state of democracy. The information collected will be disseminated online, in at least two print publications, and through three public events.

 

Assessing the State of Democracy

Democratic Ideas and Values

$42,660

To promote research and analysis on the state of democracy in Venezuela. Political developments will be monitored, and assessments and recommendations to improve the quality of democracy in the country will be produced. Dialogue and roundtable discussions on policy proposals will be facilitated.

 

Citizen Empowerment and Socio-Political Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$40,000

To promote citizen empowerment and bolster political participation at the provincial level. Opportunities for communities to engage in democratic governance processes will be created and, greater accountability between communities and their government representatives will be fostered.

 

Citizen Mobilization and Constructive Policy Formulation

Political Processes

$200,000

To promote participation in political processes. Program activities will include updating and testing existing technology platforms; designing effective public awareness campaigns to inform citizens; and developing avenues to promote participation in political processes.

 

Developing Public Policy Solutions

Human Rights

$51,000

To develop a public policy package to address evolving challenges in Venezuela. A needs assessment will identify the sectors of Venezuelan society that are facing the most urgent challenges. Using this data, recommendations will be developed on how to address the most pressing public needs.

 

Encouraging Electoral Participation in Venezuela

Democratic Ideas and Values

$30,000

To encourage citizen participation across Venezuela. Project activities will include coordinating a civic awareness campaign and convening a series of meetings and gatherings to educate citizens on the importance of getting involved in the political process.

 

Fostering the Political Participation of Youth

Civic Education

$35,000

To improve the capacity and consolidate a network of volunteers, focusing on increasing political participation from disenfranchised groups. Civic education opportunities for citizens will be provided.

 

Improving Democratic Governance and Citizen Participation in Venezuela

Accountability

$40,000

To promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level. Interaction among policy makers and citizens will be fostered.

 

Improving Public Policies

Rule of Law

$35,000

To strengthen the government’s capacity to develop and implement effective public security policies. An assessment will be conducted, and work with public servants and civil society groups will be carried out to improve policy proposals.

 

Indigenous Activism and Electoral Processes

Human Rights

$25,000

To advocate for public policies that address the needs of vulnerable populations across several provinces. Leaders will be trained on their civic and political rights and on the use of innovative communication tools to raise awareness of their rights.

 

Monitoring and Accountability of Policy Makers

Accountability

$44,834

To improve democratic checks and balances. Through work with civil society groups, technical assistance will be provided, dialogue with experts and citizens facilitated, and progress reports to policy makers offered.

 

Monitoring Human Rights Conditions

Human Rights

$35,314

To monitor and report on human rights conditions among marginalized populations. Data will be collected, interviews conducted, information analyzed, and materials developed to raise awareness of the human rights situation in the country.

 

Monitoring the Human Rights Situation

Human Rights

$40,893

To promote human rights and raise awareness of the situation in Venezuela. Human rights violations will be monitored and reported. Trainings on democratic values and human rights will be organized, and reports will be produced and disseminated in Venezuela and abroad.

 

Promoting Access to Justice and Public Services

Rule of Law

$35,000

To facilitate citizens’ access to justice and to monitor electoral processes in Venezuela.  Legal assistance to Venezuelan citizens will be provided, and the electoral process will be monitored and awareness of electoral irregularities raised.

 

Promoting Citizen Participation and Freedom of Expression

Human Rights

$37,900

To promote human rights, citizen participation and democratic values in Venezuela.  A series of activities in and outside Venezuela to promote freedom of expression and human rights will be conducted.

 

Promoting Civic Engagement

Democratic Ideas and Values

$35,000

To improve the efficiency and quality of citizen oversight of the legislative branch.  Interaction among legislators and the general public will increase, and the use of innovative communication techniques will be promoted.  

 

Promoting Democratic Governance at the Local Level in Venezuela

Democratic Ideas and Values

$34,970

To promote human and civil rights in Venezuela; and to improve local governments’ capacity to respond to citizens’ concerns. The program will work with civil society to raise awareness on the human rights violations and social conflicts in their communities.

 

Promoting Democratic Leadership

Civic Education

$35,580

To strengthen the capacity of citizens to participate in the democratic process. Training will be provided, and the exchange of best practices and experiences among former and current project participants will be promoted. Similarly, youth leaders will be mentored and local initiatives supported.

 

Promoting Dialogue and Reconciliation

Conflict Resolution

$55,942

To promote political dialogue and reconciliation. Discussions that bring together citizens across the ideological spectrum to promote democratic dialogue and reconciliation will be organized. 

 

Promoting Electoral Monitoring in Venezuela

Democratic Ideas and Values

$26,000

To encourage citizens to participate in local, regional, and national governance processes. Citizens outside Caracas will be encouraged to participate and monitor the electoral process. Advocacy for policies that respond to citizen needs will carried out.

 

Promoting Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

$40,000

To promote democratic values and freedom of association. Leaders will be trained in consensus building, democracy, civic education, and citizen participation. Similarly, public awareness will be raised, and advocacy for the rights and interests of vulnerable populations will be carried out.

 

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Information

Freedom of Information

$50,297

To raise awareness on freedom of expression violations in Venezuela. Special reports on the state of freedom of expression, censorship, and attacks against independent media will be completed and presented to the general public. 

 

Promoting Human Rights

Freedom of Information

$16,727

To strengthen technical skills among civil society activists. Trainings focused on technical skills will be provided to civil society and human rights activists, and draft a report on rights violations in Venezuela will be completed.

 

Promoting Human Rights

Human Rights

$65,127

To strengthen human rights organizations’ ability to demand adherence to international human rights standards. Trainings, workshops, and public forums will be organized to educate civil society about international human rights standards. A newsletter and other information on human rights issues will be produced.

 

Promoting Human Rights through Creative Tools

Democratic Ideas and Values

$28,810

To promote a culture of civic participation and respect for human rights in Venezuela. Trainings on human rights will be held for traditionally marginalized sectors. Grassroots leaders will also be trained on how to use digital media and storytelling tools.

 

Promoting Innovative Solutions

Human Rights

$35,583

To promote citizen engagement in the development of innovative alternatives to address Venezuela’s democratic challenges. The project will promote the development of a digital platform to foster international solidarity and help address Venezuela’s most pressing needs. The effort will focus on strengthening alternative and citizen actions.

 

Promoting Transparency and Accountability

Freedom of Information

$40,007

To increase transparency and accountability in public and private investments. Data journalism among Venezuelan journalists will be promoted, research on government expenditures will be conducted, and reports on findings will be published.

 

Promoting Youth Leadership in Underserved Communities

Civic Education

$25,000

To promote democratic values among vulnerable populations in Venezuela. Through a civic education program, democratic ideas and values will be encouraged, with a particular emphasis on leadership skills among youth and community members.

 

Protecting Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

$54,530

To strengthen a national human rights network. Work will be carried out to consolidate the network, strengthen technical and advocacy skills, and provide assistance to human rights activists as needed, both domestically and internationally.

 

Strengthening Citizen Participation in Venezuela

Political Processes

$57,993

To strengthen the relations between citizens and elected officials and foster greater oversight and accountability of the policy-making process.  Citizen engagement and meaningful dialogue with policy makers will be promoted.

 

Strengthening Democratic Principles Among Youth

Civic Education

$39,970

To strengthen leadership skills and democratic principles among Venezuelan and Latin American youth. The program will organize an international youth seminar in Venezuela. Following the seminar, Venezuelan participants will carry out replication workshops in the provinces, and regional and Venezuelan youth will collaborate in an international awareness campaign.

 

Strengthening Female Leadership in Venezuela

Strengthening Political Institutions

$50,000

To strengthen the governing capacity of leaders in Venezuela. The project will work to increase political participation and leadership skills through an in-person and digital training program. The group will also help leaders from across Venezuela make more strategic use of innovative communication tools.

 

Strengthening Local Governance

Political Processes

$35,000

To strengthen local governance through increased citizen participation.  The project will use technology to bolster citizen participation in the local decision-making process, and will offer trainings for local officials on how to use new technologies to better serve their constituents.

 

Working for the Future of the Country

Civic Education

$58,900

To promote democratic values among youth in Venezuela. Citizens will be trained in the value of leadership and public service. Participants will be encouraged to take on greater leadership roles in their respective communities and organizations.

 

Youth Leadership Training

Civic Education

$50,000

To strengthen democratic values and leadership.  A training for youth will be conducted on critical thinking, democratic principles, human rights, cyber-activism, and leadership skills. A robust youth training program in various cities will strengthen youth involvement in the electoral process and raise awareness

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