Burma

Center for International Private Enterprise

Developing Market Economy

$94,886

Strengthening Property Rights

To foster understanding of the roles, activities, and initiatives of various civil society actors working on property rights in Burma and to lay the foundation for the emergence of a viable coalition capable of effective collective action in the future.  CIPE will conduct a review of ongoing property rights activism, conduct a series of roundtable meetings, and help identify specific areas of need for policy reform.

 

International Republican Institute

Strengthening Political Institutions

$450,000

Supporting Political Party Policy and Communication Development

To improve the capacity of Burmese political parties in strategic communication and policy development. In preparation for the 2015 elections, IRI will conduct a series of political party workshops on how best to develop strategic communication plans and policy platforms that reflect the issues identified through public opinion research.

 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

Political Processes

$465,000

Strengthening Understanding of Electoral Standards

To enable civil society organization (CSO) partners to build skills and networks that strengthen their ability to conduct election monitoring and advocate for election reform.  Through study visits to countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal, NDI will promote peer-to-peer networks with sister coalitions, while providing exposure to a variety of best practice models.  The Institute also will also support CSO partners with their plans to advocate for electoral reform.

 

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

Political Processes

Supplement: $150,000

Building a Coalition to Monitor Elections

To enable civil society organizations (CSOs) to build skills and networks that strengthen their ability to conduct election monitoring and carry out election reform advocacy.  Through peer-to-peer exchanges with such countries as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal, NDI will promote networks with sister coalitions, providing exposure to a variety of best practice models.  The Institute also will support CSO partners with their plans to advocate for electoral reform.

 

Solidarity Center

Freedom of Association

$250,000

Unions and Democracy

To assist workers to organize and register trade unions, learn about labor rights, negotiate with employers, and engage in social dialogue with the government. The Solidarity Center (SC) will support outreach and education programs to attract workers from a diverse range of economic sectors, geographic locations, and ethnic groups.

 

Solidarity Center

Freedom of Association

Supplement: $10,000

Burma: Strengthening Democratic Trade Unions

To assist unions in developing a comprehensive outreach and membership growth strategy, and to build the capacity of Burmese unions to implement the strategy. The Solidarity Center will conduct a strategic planning exercise with union leaders and assist in developing a database to support strategic decision making. Solidarity will also conduct trainings to build organizing capacity and promote internal democratic practices.

 

Solidarity Center

Freedom of Association

$181,945

Strengthening Democratic Trade Unions

To assist Burmese unions in developing a comprehensive outreach and membership growth strategy, and to build the capacity of Burmese unions to implement the strategy. The Solidarity Center (SC) will conduct a strategic planning exercise with union leaders and assist in developing a database to support decision making. The SC will also conduct trainings to build organizing capacity and promote internal democratic practices.

 

Accountability

$50,000

Documenting and Raising Awareness on Resource Extraction in Arakan State

To raise awareness among Arakan political, civil society, and community leaders in resource extraction-affected areas in order to develop policies for the establishment of institutions, laws, and mechanisms to manage oil and gas revenue transparently and accountably and with protections for human rights and the environment. The organization will build on its existing network to support communities in raising their concerns to policymakers, and engaging key stakeholders in discussing and creating policies supporting revenue transparency and management systems, decentralization of natural resource management, and international protection standards.

 

Civic Education

$45,000

Developing a Civic Education Textbook and Teacher Training Module

To promote political awareness among democracy activists and to strengthen the capacity of civic educators. The organization will produce and distribute a democracy education curriculum and conduct teacher trainings for civic educators in ethnic states and remote areas.

 

Civic Education

$65,610

Burma Center for Transition Studies

To train activists from Burma in democratic transitions and international politics so they can effectively promote democracy and build trust and solidarity among communities in Burma and abroad. The organization will host a series of short- and long-term intensive courses focused on democratic transitions, comparative politics, and women's leadership for civil society and political leaders representing a range of Burmese prodemocracy organizations. The organization will also translate and publish various political education materials for distribution among its alumni network.

 

Civic Education

$40,000

Empowering Shan State Youth through Social Justice Education

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. The school will empower students through a seven-month intensive course focused on social justice, community development, and human rights; conduct field-based short-term trainings focused on leadership and political education for civil society leaders; and form a community resource center for its Shan State alumni and activist network.

 

Civic Education

$18,000

Enhancing Kayan Women's Political Participation

To increase the capacity of Kayan women to participate in political developments in eastern Burma and within the broader democracy movement. The organization will organize a series of civic education trainings focused on human rights, women's rights, and politics.

 

Civic Education

Supplement: $7,215

Empowering Shan State Youth through Social Justice Education

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. The school will educate, train, and empower its students through a seven-month intensive course focused on social justice, community development, and human rights.

 

Civic Education

$40,000

Empowering Youth Leaders in Chin State

To empower and create networking opportunities for youth leaders in Chin State. The organization will conduct 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 linkages to create a network of empowered young leaders.

 

Civic Education

$20,000

Promoting Civic Participation in Upper Burma

To promote civic participation in Upper Burma. The organization will implement a series of five-day trainings on politics and democracy, host monthly political discussions and guest lectures, and maintain a community library and book club.

 

Civic Education

$25,000

Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Awareness in Southern Shan State

To promote greater understanding of democracy and human rights among Pa-O communities in southern Shan State. The organization will publish a monthly news journal focused on current politics, development, and accountability, and will print a bi-monthly pamphlet focused on democracy and human rights education.

 

Civic Education

$50,000

Enhancing Democratic Awareness in Kachin State

To train political activists from northern Burma in human rights, democracy, and foreign affairs so they can promote democracy and human rights within their communities. The organization will conduct a year-long community school-based program and a 45-day civic education and youth empowerment training.

 

Civic Education

Supplement: $40,000

Burma Center for Transition Studies

To train activists from Burma in democratic transitions and international politics so they can effectively promote democracy and build trust and solidarity among communities in Burma and abroad. The organization will host a series of short- and long-term intensive courses focused on democratic transitions, comparative politics, and women's leadership for civil society and political leaders representing a range of Burmese prodemocracy organizations. The organization will also translate and publish various political education materials for distribution among its alumni network.

 

Civic Education

$50,000

Strengthening Leadership Capacity for Improved Participation in the Political Process

To strengthen the knowledge and skills of political party leaders and civil society activists. The organization will provide advanced political leadership training to select members of its alumni network and support the participants in the implementation of action plans designed to deliver social change.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$194,534

Expanding an Independent Think Tank and Training Center in Rangoon

To expand and deepen discussion about critical political issues facing Burma today and enhance diversity in the political landscape through roundtable discussions and public events. The organization will conduct trainings on constitutional reform and comparative politics and organize public seminars on political science topics relevant to the issues confronting Burma today.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$50,000

Parliamentary Monitoring Program

To serve as an independent source of information on parliamentary proceedings and freedom of information legislation. The organization will maintain a parliamentary watch database, develop an elections feature on its website, and conduct research on freedom of information legislation.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$33,600

Promoting Political Awareness of Ethnic Minority Perspectives in Burma

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.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$100,000

Assisting Burma’s Nascent Public Policy Think Tanks

To support the development of high quality, independent, locally developed and targeted policy analysis, and its effective use in public policy deliberations.  The organization will create an advisory service and support network to assist in the development of effective, sustainable Burmese think tanks and policy research institutions through an initial mapping and needs assessment study, training and skills building, and networking.

 

Democratic Ideas and Values

$35,000

Supporting Policy Development among Ethnic Minority Leaders

To support policy development among ethnic minority leaders. The organization will provide expertise and technical assistance to ethnic political leaders involved in the peace process through the drafting and publication of policy papers and the organization of seminars. The organization will also conduct public outreach among civil society, and briefings for government, media, and international actors.

 

Freedom of Information

$50,000

In-Depth Investigative Journalism

To serve the public with high quality, in-depth, ethical, investigative journalism.  The organization will publish a monthly, Burmese-language current affairs magazine that will focus on investigative news pieces, and construct a companion website to the magazine in an effort to build a larger readership.

 

Freedom of Information

$200,000

Burmese-Language Election-Related Satellite Television Broadcasts

To provide Burmese-language satellite television broadcasts of independent news and opinion regarding the 2015 elections in Burma. The organization will produce and broadcast daily satellite TV programs and investigative stories, and maintain its multilingual website, all focusing on the 2015 elections.

 

Freedom of Information

$40,000

Kachin State News and Information Service

To provide accurate and reliable information to Kachin and Burmese audiences about political, social, and economic developments in Kachin State and northeastern Burma. The organization will publish a bi-monthly Burmese-language newspaper.

 

Freedom of Information

$150,000

An English and Burmese-Language Multimedia News Service

To support independent media in Burma and to provide independent news and information about Burma and events in Southeast Asia. The organization will maintain a Burmese- and English-language website, distribute a daily electronic news bulletin, and publish a weekly Burmese-language print journal.

 

Freedom of Information

$200,000

Enhancing Media Coverage of Elections

To provide informed, objective and in-depth coverage of elections. The organization will launch a dedicated Burmese- and English-language website, as a subdomain of its existing news site, to provide thorough coverage of issues, candidates, and news related to the upcoming by-elections and elections.

 

Freedom of Information

$60,000

Strengthening the Capacity of Burma’s Leading Journalists and Editors

To build the capacity of Burma’s leading journalists and editors. The organization will conduct a series of trainings focused on Burmese media history, ethics, and law, and will convene a network of international journalism experts to serve as mentors for Burmese journalists.

 

Freedom of Information

$30,000

Promoting Freedom of Expression

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

 

Freedom of Information

$15,000

Chin State News and Information Service

To increase awareness among Chin people in Burma about current news and events and to expose them to basic principles of human rights, politics, and democracy. The organization will publish and distribute an independent bi-weekly newspaper covering political news and ethnic issues that affect Chin communities.

 

Freedom of Information

$42,560

Karen State News and Information Service

To inform Karen about events and news in Karen State and eastern Burma, and to expose them to basic principles of media freedom, democracy, and human rights. The organization will publish a monthly newsletter and maintain a website in Burmese and Karen to serve as a primary news sources for Karen communities across Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and abroad. The organization will also conduct two training courses for Karen journalists and activists to foster journalist networks, improve reporting skills, and develop a greater understanding of media freedom.

 

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $5,000

Karenni State News and Information Service

To inform people in Burma about news and events in eastern Burma and to expose them to basic principles of human rights and democracy. The organization will publish an independent monthly newspaper covering news and issues for the Karenni community in Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and for ethnic and democracy groups in exile.

 

Freedom of Information

$40,000

Providing Reliable Information on the Extractive Industries

To provide accurate and reliable information about resource extraction, land rights, and environmental issues. The organization will publish a bi-weekly journal focused on the nexus between politics, development, and the environment to promote greater transparency and rights awareness.

 

Freedom of Information

$85,000

Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Resource Center

To present in-depth, investigative news stories that might not otherwise be covered in the mainstream Burmese media and to enable young people to discuss contemporary affairs with like-minded activists.  The organization will publish a journal covering economics, health, the environment, international affairs, and commentary on current affairs. The organization will also maintain a resource center and meeting space to advance democratic learning and practice.

 

Freedom of Information

$40,000

Journalism Training School

To build the professional capacity of journalists in Burma. The Rangoon-based institute will train approximately 80 young journalists in basic journalism skills and promote broader political awareness among the participants.

 

Freedom of Information

$30,000

Promoting Freedom of Information and Raising Media Awareness in Chin State

To promote freedom of information and broaden public discourse in Chin State about the importance of a free and fair media landscape for political, social, and economic advancement.  The organization will organize workshops and networking events for Chin journalists, conduct an awareness and outreach campaign, and support the publication of news in ethnic languages.

 

Freedom of Information

$45,000

Shan State News and Information Service

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. The organization will print a monthly Shan-language news journal, broadcast a TV and radio news program, and maintain a multilingual website.

 

Freedom of Information

$25,000

Karenni State News and Information Service

To inform Karenni audiences about news and events in eastern Burma and to expose them to basic principles of human rights and democracy. The organization will publish an independent monthly newspaper covering news and issues for the Karenni community in Burma and along the Thai-Burma border.

 

Freedom of Information

$350,000

Burmese-Language Shortwave Radio and Satellite Television Broadcasts

To support Burmese- and ethnic-language shortwave radio and satellite television broadcasts of independent news and opinion. The organization will broadcast daily shortwave radio and satellite TV programs, and maintain a multilingual website.

 

Human Rights

$196,000

Empowering Civil Society in Burma

To support democrats who continue to strive for democracy and provide targeted assistance to activists and others who continue their efforts to expand Burma’s democratic space.  Working through networks of civil society actors, health-care professionals, monks, and democracy activists, the organization seeks to build small, independent centers of political and social activity that can provide valuable services to the people of Burma and continue to expand a vibrant and independent civil society.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy for Burma’s Muslim Rohingya Minority

To promote respect for human rights and advocate for protection, humanitarian assistance, and durable policy solutions for Burma’s Rohingya minority. The organization will document the human rights abuses faced by the Rohingya in Burma and the region and will publish an advocacy report on the situation in Arakan State since the June 2012 outbreak of violence.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

Enhancing Rohingya Youth Political Awareness and Advocacy

To promote political awareness and civic activism among Rohingya youth 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, 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.

 

Human Rights

Supplement: $25,000

Anti-Corruption and Voter Education

To support the development of nascent community-based organizations and to encourage their participation in Burma's political transition. The group will organize anti-corruption and voter-education initiatives and provide assistance to activists to organize and network among themselves.

 

Human Rights

$20,300

Advancing Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in Shan State

To advance awareness and respect for human rights in Shan State. The organization will gather firsthand information about human rights violations, produce and distribute thematic advocacy reports on significant human rights issues, and conduct an intensive human rights documentation training for activists in remote conflict areas of Shan State.

 

Human Rights

$40,000

Human Rights and Political Training for Ta'ang Youth

To promote greater understanding of democracy and human rights and to strengthen community networks and organizations among the Ta'ang. The organization will organize a series of human rights and democracy trainings for Ta'ang youth in Burma.

 

Human Rights

$35,000

Advocating for Karen Villagers in Central Burma

To develop and strengthen Karen human rights advocacy networks in Burma to improve and increase the protection of villagers in eastern Burma. The organization will open a Rangoon office to serve as a base for participating in domestic human rights campaigns and for expanding distribution of its human rights reports among relevant media and political actors.

 

Human Rights

Supplement: $10,500

Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya

To raise awareness about and conduct international advocacy on behalf of Burma’s Rohingya minority. The organization will arrange a series of photography exhibits and discussion panels and participate in advocacy efforts to promote greater awareness of the deplorable human rights conditions plaguing the Rohingya and to encourage coordinated international action to better assist and protect Rohingya communities.

 

Human Rights

$24,000

Promoting Women's Political Participation in Chin State

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

 

Human Rights

$38,000

Assistance for Political Prisoners in Burma

To provide basic humanitarian assistance to political prisoners and their families in Burma. The Rangoon-based foundation will provide assistance to political prisoners, former political prisoners and their families, and raise awareness about the human rights situation in Burma.

 

Human Rights

$34,100

Countering Extremism and Hate Speech in Burma

To counter hate speech and extremism and reduce extremist rhetoric directly or indirectly justifying violence in Burma.  In a multi-faceted campaign to counter the wave of intolerance that has been spreading throughout the country, activities will include producing educational material on tolerance and diversity, public talks in a variety of localities, and disseminating messages of tolerance from high-profile religious and cultural figures.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

Empowering Local Communities with Legal Rights

To raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens and to participate in peaceful efforts to promote democracy. The organization will conduct ten legal awareness and land rights trainings in the Irrawaddy Delta region.

 

Human Rights

$43,800

Empowering Burmese Democracy Activists

To strengthen citizen participation in the process of democratization and development in Burma. The organization will support the organizing and awareness-raising activities of workers, farmers, and members of the informal sector of the Burmese economy. The organization will publish two quarterly journals targeting farmers and workers, build the organizational capacity of its members, and organize a series of farmers' and workers' empowerment trainings.

 

Human Rights

Supplement: $19,576

Strengthening International Efforts to Improve the Human Rights Situation in Burma

To amplify internationally the voices of ethnic minorities and democracy activists and provide continued international support for human rights and democracy in Burma.  The organization works to keep the international community informed of important developments in Burma and coordinate various initiatives to strengthen international efforts to push for improvements in the political and human rights situations in Burma.

 

Human Rights

$50,000

Strengthening the Human Rights Movement

To build the capacity of the human rights movement as well as expose ongoing human rights abuses.  The organization will provide training and technical support to human rights defenders and organizations in Kachin, Chin, and Rakhine States.

 

Human Rights

$75,000

Investigating the Long-term Effects of Forced Displacement in Burma

To investigate the long-term effects of forced displacement and to advocate for government policies that improve legal protection, services, and citizenship rights for ethnic and religious minorities in Burma. The organization will research and document the ongoing human rights abuses suffered by displaced ethnic and religious minority populations in Burma, and conduct a domestic and international advocacy campaign aimed at highlighting and ending the violence and abuse perpetuated by current government policies.

 

Human Rights

$33,000

Building International Support for Burma's Rohingya Population

To advocate on behalf of the Rohingya minority to build international support for humanitarian access and a greater respect for minority rights in Burma. The organization will conduct a series of advocacy meetings with targeted diplomatic missions and among human rights partner organizations, and convene a conference.

 

Human Rights

$25,000

Promoting Women's Rights and Empowerment in Kachin State

To create a vibrant democratic culture which encourages women's meaningful participation in politics. The organization will organize a series of trainings on gender mainstreaming, network with like-minded civil society actors, and conduct a training of trainers on gender awareness.

 

Human Rights

$60,000

Building Trust Between Burman and Ethnic Activists

To build trust between Burman and ethnic civic activists. The organization will conduct networking trips for Burman activists to ethnic areas to lay the foundation for a network of prodemocracy activists dedicated to the creation of a federal union of Burma.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

Promoting Civil Society in Kachin State

To promote increased understanding in Kachin communities of human rights, democracy, the environment, and community development. The organization will support information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations targeting the general public and the media, and support activists to organize and network among themselves.

 

Human Rights

$35,000

Anti-Corruption and Voter Education

To support the development of nascent community-based organizations and to encourage their participation in Burma’s political transition. The group will organize anti-corruption and voter-education initiatives and provide assistance to activists to organize and network among themselves.

 

Human Rights

$150,000

Assistance for Political Prisoners: Documentation, Advocacy, and Rehabilitation

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 awareness about the situation these groups face.

 

Human Rights

$25,000

Protecting Land Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Communities in Chin State

To empower Chin community-based organizations and activists on the issues of land rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. The organization will conduct a series of two-day trainings in thirteen cities across Chin State, coordinate and implement a state-level land rights advocacy strategy, and host a state-wide networking forum for activist leaders.

 

Human Rights

$235,000

Civil Society Development in Burma

To raise political awareness among the general population in Burma and to facilitate the development of independent centers of political activity throughout the country.  Through networks of civil society actors, labor and farmer rights activists, and democracy activists, the organization will continue to support efforts to establish viable, politically engaged civil society that is independent of the government.

 

Human Rights

$85,000

Human Rights Documentation, Advocacy, and Education

To document, report on, and raise awareness about the human rights situation in Chin State and western Burma. The organization will publish and distribute a human rights newsletter, maintain a news website, advocate on human rights issues in Burma and internationally, enhance the skills and experience of local activists and parliamentarians, and organize a student conference.

 

Human Rights

$60,000

Promoting Kachin Women’s Political Participation

To promote the rights of women in northern Burma and to strengthen the capacity of Kachin women to participate in politics. The organization will carry out a range of activities to support the empowerment of Kachin women, including programs focused on women’s participation in politics and on capacity building, political and human rights education, health services, trafficking, migrant workers, and income generation.

 

Human Rights

$60,000

Supporting the Reintegration of Ex-Political Prisoners in Upper Burma

To support the re-integration of ex-political prisoners in Upper Burma. The organization will conduct a series of training workshops focused on voter education, women's political leadership, and democracy and political transitions.

 

Human Rights

Supplement: $15,000

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

To expand civil society’s role in Burma’s transition and to promote women’s rights in Burma.  The organization advocates on a variety of issues affecting civil society, particularly women’s issues; maintains a women’s center; conducts a series of workshops designed to empower women and give them the necessary skills to build their careers; and organizes public talks and seminars about women’s rights and the role of women in Burmese society.

 

Human Rights

$84,935

Strengthening Efforts to Maintain and Expand the Democratic Space in Burma

To increase awareness about and deepen analysis of political developments in Burma.  The organization will undertake a range of activities designed to increase awareness about political developments and to strengthen international efforts to advance political reform.

 

Human Rights

$50,000

Enhancing Shan Women's Political Participation

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 coordinating basic social services for Shan women and refugees.

 

Human Rights

$25,000

Reintegration of Former Political Prisoners

To advocate on behalf of political prisoners and provide opportunities for former political prisoners to reengage in Burma’s political process.  The organization will continue its advocacy efforts urging the Burmese government to release all remaining political prisoners and will conduct a series of roundtable events and seminars for former political prisoners to allow them to share their experiences as prisoners, discuss the challenges they face since their release, and educate themselves on the current political environment in the country and how they might able to contribute to efforts to ensure that the political transition currently underway results in full democracy for all Burmese.

 

Human Rights

$150,000

Human Rights Documentation and Civil Society Development in Mon State

To promote increased understanding among the Mon of human rights, democracy, the environment, community development, health issues, and the rights of women and children. The organization will focus on eight core issues: human rights documentation, human rights advocacy, women's and children's rights, human rights and civic education, community organizing, civil society development, Mon-language media, and women's empowerment.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

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

To expand civil society’s role in Burma’s transition and to promote women’s rights.  The organization will advocate on a variety of issues affecting civil society, particularly women’s issues; maintain a women’s center; conduct a series of workshops designed to empower women and enhance the skills necessary for success in professional and public life; and organize public talks and seminars about women’s rights and the role of women in Burmese society.

 

Human Rights

$20,000

Promoting Women's Political Participation

To empower Burmese women to participate in politics and assume decision-making positions in their communities and in a variety of organizations. The organization will carry out a range of activities to support women's empowerment, including the publication of a newsletter on democracy and women's rights, and human rights and political empowerment trainings for women.

 

Human Rights

Supplement: $11,000

Promoting Youth Participation in Politics

To promote youth participation in democratic politics.  The project will expand a nationwide network of young people dedicated to promoting democracy in Burma through networking trips, political study discussions, and the publication of a journal.

 

Human Rights

$38,000

Exiled To Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya

To raise awareness about and conduct international advocacy on behalf of Burma's Rohingya minority. The organization will arrange a series of photography exhibits and discussion panels and participate in advocacy efforts to promote greater awareness of the deplorable human rights conditions afflicting the Rohingya and to encourage coordinated international action to better assist and protect Rohingya communities.

 

Human Rights

$54,000

Promoting Rights-Based Solutions to Burma's Social and Political Problems

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

 

Human Rights

$35,000

Promoting Ta'ang Women's Political Participation

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 organization will carry out a range of activities to support women's empowerment, including human rights documentation and research, workshops on preventing gender-based violence, and human rights and political empowerment trainings for women.

 

Human Rights

$20,000

Mobilizing Kayan Youth through Political Education

To promote greater understanding of democracy and human rights and to strengthen Kayan community networks and organizations. The organization will carry out a training of trainers project focused on Kayan youth political mobilization in preparation for the 2015 elections.

 

Human Rights

$30,000

Promoting Student and Youth Participation in the Democratization Process

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

 

Human Rights

$25,660

Community Empowerment Training

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

 

NGO Strengthening

$25,000

Addressing Women's Rights in War-affected Kachin State

To address the conditions of Kachin women affected by war through the formalization of a network of Kachin women in central Burma. The organization will undertake a series of activities including trainings for youth members and regular network meetings aimed at improving the coordination and collaboration among like-minded actors focused on Kachin State.

 

NGO Strengthening

$30,000

Citizen Engagement in the Policy Reform Process

To strengthen local capacity to meaningfully engage in human rights advocacy and the policy reform process, focusing on HIV legislation and policies as a pilot and model for future policy advocacy on other governance and civic issues. The organization will organize trainings for staff and partners on human rights advocacy; develop a system for monitoring violations; and network with counterparts in the region.

 

NGO Strengthening

$37,000

Promoting Civil Society in Mon State

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

 

Political Processes

$75,000

Establishment of a Domestic Election-Monitoring Organization

To increase citizens' understanding of democratic political processes and to establish the first Burmese-led domestic election monitoring organization.  The organization will conduct a multi-faceted program, including the creation of a democracy education resource center, the construction of a website dedicated to electoral information, the publication of bi-monthly Election Watch bulletins, organizing roundtables and conferences on electoral issues and possible reforms, and capacity building training workshops for staff.

 

Rule of Law

$25,000

Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Kachin State

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

 

Strengthening Political Institutions

Supplement: $14,686                  

Empowering Civil Society in Burma

To support the organizing efforts of prodemocracy groups and activists in Burma.  The organization will distribute human rights and democracy materials inside Burma, train activists, and support informal education centers and community libraries as a means of creating independent centers of political activity.

 

Grant descriptions are from the 2014 NED Annual Report.