International Republican Institute
Strengthening Civil Society as a Democratic Pillar
To support the prodemocracy movement within the newly available political space in Burma. IRI will facilitate the development of new strategic approaches for partners in Burma and on the Thailand-Burma border, and support a subgrantee in conducting political and civic education initiatives and advocacy campaigns that respond to the emerging political opportunities.
International Republican Institute
Strengthening Political Institutions
Fostering Political Cooperation and Dialogue
To promote multi-lateral discussion of important political issues in Burma. IRI will facilitate communication and cooperation among key political stakeholders, including representatives from all major political parties and leading civil society members, through a working group which will identify and build consensus on political issues relating to the country’s ethnic nationalities. IRI will also provide opportunities for Burmese civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage in the policy-making process in a way that will enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of reforms discussed by the working group as well as the CSOs' overall advocacy skills.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Promoting Electoral Reform
To promote a free and fair electoral process for the 2015 parliamentary elections. NDI will work to develop a core group of 30-45 Burmese CSO leaders to identify common electoral reform priorities and strategies and to begin to advocate for those reforms.
Freedom of Association
Unions and Democracy
To support the efforts of Burmese workers to organize, collectively bargain, and engage in social dialogue with employers and the government. The program will also promote and protect the rights of Burmese migrant workers. The Solidarity Center will support the work of Federation of Trade Unions - Burma (FTUB) leaders and organizers in Burma and the region and the outreach efforts of FTUB-affiliated ethnic unions.
Building Leadership Skills and Networks Among Young Democracy Activists
To build the capacity of youth activists in Burma and to increase engagement in the Burmese prodemocracy movement. The organization will facilitate a series of four-week training workshops focused on building leadership and practical skills for political and community organizing among youth activists from various political parties and ethnic organizations. The organization also will organize two semi-annual networking forums for program alumni.
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 activist communities in Burma and abroad. The organization will host a series of week-long seminars and one- to two-month intensive courses focused on democratic transitions and comparative politics, and women’s leadership for civil society and political leaders representing a range of Burmese prodemocracy organizations. The organization will also engage, train, and support its alumni network to conduct a series of knowledge sharing workshops in their local communities across the country.
Promoting Civil Society inside Mon State
To promote civic awareness and participation in Mon State. The organization will produce a Mon-language bulletin on youth issues and manage a civic education and community organizing program designed to encourage increased cooperation and understanding among Mon youth.
Development of a Civic Education Textbook and Teacher Training Manual
To promote greater political awareness among democracy activists and civic educators in Burma. The organization will produce a politics and civic education curriculum, solicit feedback for revisions from test users, and publish and distribute a final edition among prodemocracy actors across the country.
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.
Expanding an Independent Think Tank and Training Center in Rangoon
To promote discussion about critical political issues facing Burma today. The organization will conduct training workshops on constitutional reform and comparative politics and organize public seminars on political science topics relevant to the issues confronting Burma currently.
Promoting Youth Participation in Politics
To promote youth participation in Burmese politics. The organization 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.
DEMOCRATIC IDEAS AND VALUES
Quarterly Publication Focusing on Ethnic Rights
To enhance political awareness among ethnic minorities in Burma. The organization will publish a quarterly journal focused on ethnic rights, public policy, and federalism.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Journalism Training School
To build the professional capacity of Burmese journalists. The Rangoon-based institute will train approximately 80 young journalists in basic journalism skills and promote broader political awareness among the participants.
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 its multilingual website.
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 and distribute a daily electronic news bulletin.
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 abroad.
Karen State News and Information Service
To inform Karen about events and news in Karen State and Burma, and to expose them to basic principles of human rights and democracy. The organization will publish a newsletter and maintain a website in Burmese and Karen that provides an alternative news source for Karen in Burma, in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border, and for ethnic and democracy groups abroad.
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.
Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Establishment of Libraries (Supplement)
To encourage civic discourse on economics, health, the environment, and international affairs in Burma. The organization will publish a Burmese-language monthly current affairs journal and support a network of libraries and book clubs throughout the country.
Burmese-Language Current Affairs Journal and Establishment of a Resource Center
To encourage robust discussion of public policy and civic issues through the publication of a current affairs journal and the establishment of a resource center focusing on political activism. The organization will publish a Burmese-language monthly journal focusing on economics, health, the environment, and international affairs, and establish a resource center as a means of creating an independent, accessible space where young people can gather and begin to practice civic activism.
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 expand its coverage through the opening of a Burma-based office, print a monthly Shan-language news journal, and maintain its multilingual website.
Supporting the Democracy and Human Rights Activities of the Monastic Community
To support the prodemocracy activities of the Buddhist monastic community, or sangha. The organization will support information and outreach campaigns for both the monastic community and the general public, organize technical assistance training workshops for monks, and provide assistance to monks who are in prison for their democracy activities.
Advocacy and Research on Current Conditions in Burma
To build and advance international support for the Burmese prodemocracy movement. The network will link academics, activists, journalists, diplomats, and politicians in Burma, Thailand, and throughout Southeast Asia in an effort to expand the space for democracy and human rights in Burma through multi-pronged efforts and initiatives.
Documenting and Raising Awareness on Resource Extraction in Arakan State
To document and disseminate accurate information about resource extraction projects in Burma, particularly Arakan State. The organization will research and report on resource extraction projects, organize trainings, and conduct campaigns to raise awareness among political, civil society, and community leaders in project-affected areas. The organization will develop policies for the establishment of institutions, laws, and mechanisms to manage oil and gas revenue transparently and accountability and with protections for human rights and the environment in Burma.
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 international awareness about the situation these groups face.
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.
Building International Support for Burma's Rohingya Population
To advocate on behalf of the Rohingya minority to encourage international support for humanitarian intervention 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 publish a report documenting the communal violence that has occurred in Arakan State since June 2012.
Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy
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.
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 organize a series of civic education and human rights awareness training workshops and record testimonies of Pa-O villagers detailing human rights abuses.
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 lectures, workshops, and political group discussions for youth from throughout Burma.
Supporting the Reintegration and Mobilization of Ex-Political Prisoners in Upper Burma
To support the re-integration and political mobilization of ex-political prisoners in Upper Burma. The organization will hold a series of computer training courses, conduct mental health counseling and outreach for former political prisoners, and promote civic activism by establishing a meeting space for the use of civil society in Upper Burma.
Building Trust Among Burman and Ethnic Activists
To build trust among Burman and ethnic activists. The organization will conduct networking trips for Burman activists to ethnic areas and organize a training program for ethnic activists to lay the foundation for a network of activists dedicated to the creation of a federal union of Burma.
Assistance for Current and Former 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.
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 to prevent child trafficking, and implement a women’s rights program.
Human Rights Documentation and Education in Mon State
To document the human rights situation and promote human rights education in Mon State and among Mon refugees. The organization will run six core projects: human rights documentation, human rights and civic education, community organizing and human rights defenders, civil society development, Mon-language publications, and women's and children's rights.
Supporting Civil Society Development in Burma
To facilitate the development of independent centers of political activity throughout the country. The organization will provide assistance to human rights defenders, labor activists, and legal aid providers, and will support a wide variety of activities designed to raise political awareness among the public in Burma.
Strengthening International Efforts to Improve the Human Rights Situation in Burma
To amplify internationally the voices of ethnic minorities and democracy activists and to provide continued international support for human rights and democracy in Burma. The organization will work 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.
Promoting Kachin Women's Political Participation
To promote the rights of women and children 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 the publication of a newsletter on democracy and women's rights, and programs focused on capacity building, political and human rights education, health services, trafficking, migrant workers, and income generation.
Building Civil Society in Burma
To strengthen civil society in Burma. The organization will support former political prisoners, civil society activists, and monks through a range of projects, including the provision of educational opportunities, material support for campaign activities, an independent public health initiative, and a women's empowerment program.
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, which target farmers and workers, build the organizational capacity of its members, and organize a series of farmers' and workers' empowerment trainings.
Promoting Palaung Women's Political Participation
To increase the capacity of ethnic women to participate in the movement for democracy and human rights in Burma. 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 ethnic women.
Documenting Human Rights Abuses in Shan State
To document human rights violations in Shan State. The organization will gather extensive first-hand evidence of human rights violations, maintain a website, and distribute a monthly English-language electronic newsletter.
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 basic social services for Shan women and refugees.
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.
Enhancing Rohingya Youth Political Awareness
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, and develop a website that will serve as a repository for documentation of human rights abuses and information about the Rohingya, with a particular focus on women’s issues.
Promoting the Role of Women in the Struggle for Democracy in Burma
To promote increased understanding among Burmese women of human rights, women's rights, democracy, federalism, and peace-building. The coalition will carry out a range of activities to support women's empowerment, including human rights documentation and research, human rights and political empowerment trainings for Burmese women, and workshops on preventing gender-based violence.
Community Empowerment Training
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 organization will maintain a resource center that will organize community empowerment training workshops as well as provide information on how to access and use information technology.
Supporting the Development of Burmese Civil Society Organizations
To support the development of nascent community-based organizations to be active participants in Burma’s political transition. The organization will support information and outreach campaigns conducted by fledgling civil society organizations targeting the general public, the media, and parliamentarians, and provide assistance to activists to organize and network among themselves.
Networking and Information Sharing Among Civil Society Organizations in Mon State
To strengthen the institutional and networking capacity of a broad network of Mon civil society organizations. The membership-based organization will bring together a diverse range of organizations based in Thailand and Burma to hold a seminar to discuss issues they face in their work and build greater links within Mon civil society.
Addressing Critical Capacity Needs of Civil Society
To support the development of small-scale civil society initiatives and to strengthen the monitoring, advocacy, and policy skills of activists in Burma. The organization will support nascent civil society initiatives run by democracy activists, organize a series of trainings to promote citizen empowerment and government accountability, and arrange policy seminars focused on land and property rights issues, direct foreign investment, and environmental protection.
STRENGTHENING POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
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 party activists, and support informal education centers and community libraries as a means of creating independent centers of political activity within the country.
Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.