Middle East and Northern Africa

Syria 2016

 

Elevating Citizen Policy Priorities in Governance, Negotiation and Transition Processes

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$110,000

To provide information about the priorities of Syrians to decision-makers who represent them in governance and negotiation processes. The institute will conduct focus groups to gauge citizens’ perspectives on policy priorities and ongoing political negotiations. In addition to sharing findings with Syrian opposition leaders, political groupings, and provincial and local councils, the institute will conduct policy forums in Turkey and Syria, using the research findings as the basis for developing policy proposals that more effectively address citizens’ most urgent concerns.

 

Expanding a Syrian Dialogue on a Future State

Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria

$35,600

To promote a pluralistic dialogue among Syrians on the future of their country. A team of activists living in two geographic locations inside the country and as refugees elsewhere will work together to lead a series of half-hour presentations and question-and-answer periods on a future democratic Syria.

 

Human Rights Violation Documentation

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

$40,000

To promote a human rights culture in Syria. The organization will support field efforts to verify and compile documentation and reporting on human rights violations committed by all actors in Syria’s ongoing civil war.  Daily and monthly reports will be released online to provide timely information to the public on an ongoing basis.  The project will also produce several thematic reports.

 

Informing Citizens during Conflict

Freedom of Information

$27,800

To promote fact-based, real-time public knowledge and assessment of events affecting citizens in the Syrian capital. The project will provide independent coverage of diverse aspects of life in Damascus. It will also include daily news reports on economic and security conditions, and weekly reports on daily life in the city.

 

Introducing Civics into Syrian Schools

Local Coordination Committees in Syria

$25,100

To integrate democratic and civic values in Syrian educational curricula. A team of experts and educators will develop a civic education curriculum and use it to train a minimum of 20 Syrian teachers currently working in Syrian-run schools in Turkey, and potentially Syria.

 

Justice during Conflict

Conflict Resolution

$23,900

To enhance access to and raise standards of justice during a period of conflict. The grantee will conduct an original study of existing justice mechanisms in eastern Syria and train a group of youth leaders on negotiation skills and democratic norms regarding due process in formal and informal adjudication proceedings.

 

Mentoring Young Syrian Media Activists

Madar Daily

$25,000

To introduce and strengthen an independent media culture among Syrian activists. Three 16-day training workshops and a mentoring program for 45 young Syrian media activists in Turkey will provide essential background briefings on the role of media in a democratic society and the history of media within Syria. The program will also provide skills-based training on writing news and reports, interviewing, and producing effective photographic and television products.

 

Schools of Politics

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$275,000

To strengthen the ability of Syrian activists to organize in their communities and support women and youth participation in nascent political organizations. The institute will conduct a series of “Schools of Politics” focused on empowering nascent Syrian political organizations with the skills, knowledge, and capacity to build a sustainable and inclusive democracy that represents the views of youth and minorities. Through the “Schools of Politics,” the participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of political party organization and development, including platform development, policy creation, communications, and constituent outreach.

 

Strengthening Citizens’ Engagement in a Changing Syria III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Supplement: $354,726

To build support among Syrian youth for a market-based democracy and enhance their engagement in developing enterprise solutions to the country’s challenges; and to build the capacity of a local partner to convene Syrian private sector stakeholders in support of democratic, market-oriented policy solutions. The project will enhance the sustainability of civic education and advance private sector solutions to development challenges in Syria through community-based dialogue and engagement with decision-makers.

 

Strengthening Citizens’ Engagement in a Changing Syria III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Supplement: $47,444

To build support among Syrian youth for a market-based democracy and enhance their engagement in developing enterprise solutions to the country’s challenges. The center and its local partner will enhance the sustainability of civic education and advance private sector solutions to development challenges in Syria through community-based dialogue and engagement with decision-makers. Through this project, the center will build the capacity of its local partner to convene Syrian private sector stakeholders in support of democratic, market-oriented policy solutions.

 

Strengthening Independent Media

Enab Baladi

$44,800

To enhance the emergence of free, independent media. The grantee will provide timely, well-sourced news and information for local communities, focusing on security and humanitarian developments that affect residents’ daily lives. It will produce a hard-copy print edition of its weekly newspaper and provide regular updates to its website.

 

Supporting Independent Media

Vision Association

$40,000

To enhance the emergence of free and independent media. A weekly 50-minute radio program that will address topics of political, civic, social and economic reform through stories of accomplished and inspirational activists who have used their expertise for peacebuilding and community development in Syria and the Middle East.

 

Syrian Thought Forum

Syria Bright Future

$38,000

To promote civic values through open dialogue and exchanges among Syrian youth on the future of Syria, and to build the capacity of emerging community leaders and facilitators among youth refugees. The project will comprise 24 half-day dialogue workshops for youth on current concerns, and 24 capacity-building workshops for core teams of emerging community leaders.

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