Latin America and Caribbean Regional

Asuntos del Sur
Democratic Ideas and Values
$60,000
Promoting Innovation in Youth Leadership
To strengthen the capacity of youth leaders across Latin America to effectively address democratic challenges. Asuntos del Sur (ADS) will use its guide on high-impact, low-cost innovation in democracy projects to expand its trainings in up to four new countries. In addition, ADS will enhance its virtual platform for youth leaders and establish a personalized mechanism for democracy experts to mentor young practitioners and organizations.

Asuntos del Sur
Democratic Ideas and Values
Supplement: $15,000
Promoting Innovation in Youth Leadership
To strengthen the capacity of youth leaders across Latin America to effectively address democratic challenges. Asuntos del Sur (ADS) will use its guide on high-impact, low-cost innovation in democracy projects to expand its trainings in up to four new countries. In addition, ADS will enhance its virtual platform for youth leaders and establish a personalized mechanism for democracy experts to mentor young practitioners and organization.

Asylum Access
Human Rights
$55,000
Human Rights Advocacy for Forced Migrants in Central America and Mexico
To promote the rule of law and respect for refugee rights in Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, and to strengthen refugee communities to enhance their participation in local policy making and civil society. Building on its model in Ecuador, Asylum Access will provide legal assistance, conduct strategic litigation and advocate for refugee rights domestically and internationally. Asylum Access will work with government institutions to identify and engage refugees in democratic civil society, and will bolster the capacity of local human rights groups to respond to refugee rights issues.

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
Human Rights
$150,000
Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Northern Andean Region and Dominican Republic
To help to end impunity and protect the rights of victims in cases of human rights violations through case litigation and hearings before the Inter-American System. CEJIL will also seek to strengthen the IAS itself and the capacity of human rights defenders in the northern Andean region to document human rights abuses and effectively use the IAS through training, case assistance and facilitating civil society's access to available mechanisms of participation.

Centro de Investigación y Capacitación de Emprendedores Sociales Asociación Civil
Democratic Ideas and Values
$49,616
Latin American Youth Network for Democracy
To promote civic participation and interaction among youth activists in Latin America. CICES will create a network of Latin American youth activists and political leaders to foster youth participation, identify common threats to democracy, and coordinate activities to mutually support their objectives in 15 countries in the region. CICES will also organize a series of forums to discuss youth-related issues in the region and share best practices to address them.

Centro Edelstein de Pesquisas Sociais
Democratic Ideas and Values
$75,000
The Changing Structure and Agenda of Civil Society in Latin America
To shed light on emerging new relationships between civil society, the media, and the state in Latin America. Centro Edelstein will conduct targeted studies, interviews with civil society, and inter-sector dialogues in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela to inform the ongoing regional discussion about Latin American democracy and produce a comparative report on civil society, media and state relations in the region. The final report will be broadly disseminated.

Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina
Democratic Ideas and Values
$95,000
A Regional Approach to Promoting Democratic Values in Cuba
To support and raise the visibility of pro-democracy actors and human rights advocates in Latin America. CADAL will promote greater international awareness about the efforts of democracy activists in Cuba to promote greater political pluralism on the island.

Corporación Caribe Afirmativo
Political Processes
$73,000
Promoting LGBT Political Participation and Leadership in the Andean Region
To promote LGBT political participation and leadership in Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Caribe Afirmativo will conduct political leadership training workshops for LGBT political candidates running for office in the three target countries. Additionally, Caribe Afirmativo will work with partner organizations in Peru and Chile to establish an open dialogue with political parties regarding the LGBT agenda. Caribe Afirmativo will hold a regional conference in Peru that convenes openly LGBT elected officials and civil society organizations working on LGBT political participation.

Due Process of Law Foundation
Rule of Law
$125,000
Promoting the Rule of Law in the Americas
To promote judicial independence and respect for human rights in the Andean region through systematic analysis, international advocacy and the sharing of best practices, and to enhance civil society participation and oversight of the Organization of American States and key hemispheric instruments. DPLF will monitor and report on the implementation of the approved IACHR reforms, and voice civil society's concerns and priorities regarding the election of a new OAS Secretary General. It will also build strategic alliances with groups in the region to produce reports and position papers on judicial independence, human rights and extractive industries, and raise their voices before international and regional bodies.

Fundacao Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Democratic Ideas and Values
$9,950
Journal of Democracy in Portuguese
Fundacao Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso will produce an online Portuguese version of the Journal of Democracy to contribute to information sharing and debate on democracy-related issues among Portuguese speaking audiences in Brazil, Africa and Europe. With NED support, IFHC will publish two issues of the Journal in Portuguese, translating at least four selected articles from the English version of each issue and actively disseminating the online material.

Fundación Nacional para el Desarrollo
Democratic Ideas and Values
$85,000
Strengthening Youth Advocacy in Central America
To strengthen the capacity of Central American youth organizations to effectively participate in the democratic process and regional integration efforts. The FUNDE will continue to work with a representative group of youth organizations in each Central American country and provide training and strategic orientation in political advocacy.

Fundación Poder Ciudadano
Political Processes
$75,000
Identity Documentation and Electoral Processes
To promote access to identity documents and the right to vote in several Latin American countries. Poder will build upon previous research and conduct in-depth reviews of the main obstacles to accessing identity documents and their impact on the right to vote in up to eight additional countries in this final year of the initiative. In collaboration with local civil society organizations, Poder will design and carry out extensive national and regional advocacy campaigns for the adoption of minimum standards for access to identity documents and will continue to build an informal regional network of organizations prepared to monitor and advocate on identity documentation and voting rights after the project ends.

Global Rights - Partners for Justice
Human Rights
$90,000
Increasing the Knowledge of Afro-descendant Women on the Inter-American System of Human Rights
To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of Afro-descendent women human rights activists on the OAS and Inter-American System of Human Rights. Global Rights will carry out a training program to address the specific topics and areas of work of the IACHR. In addition, project participants will receive technical assistance to draft a policy paper to advocate for the signing and ratification of the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance.

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales
Accountability
$75,000
Promoting Fiscal Policy Debate in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
To promote regional public debate on fiscal reform and policy within Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. ICEFI will also continue to work with the Guatemalan National Congress to raise journalist and civil society's awareness of fiscal policy issues facing Guatemala. ICEFI will meet monthly with legislators - focusing on relevant committee members - and evaluate fiscal reform legislative initiatives. Meetings will also be convened with civil society organizations and research centers to coordinate advocacy and develop a joint civic platform.

Instituto de Defensa Legal
Human Rights
$80,000
Defending Human Rights and Democracy in the Andean Region
To foster dialogue and debate on the current threats and challenges to democracy and human rights in the five countries of the Andean region. IDL will hold a conference in Lima to address issues such as freedom of expression, judicial independence and the right to peaceful protest and will bring a delegation of human rights defenders on an assessment trip to one of the five Andean countries. Finally, IDL will bring a small delegation of human rights defenders to the Southern Cone to exchange with their peers in more consolidated democracies.

International Republican Institute
Democratic Ideas and Values
$500,000
Combating Threats to Democratic Institutions and Processes
To support multi-sector stakeholders throughout the Latin American region in their efforts to collaborate in raising awareness of and combating common threats which have characterized democratic backsliding in their respective countries. The Institute will organize a regional conference to analyze these threats to democratic processes and institutions, and provide technical and consultative assistance to stakeholders to implement action plans that safeguard democratic institutions and processes.

International Republican Institute
Accountability
$500,000
Expanding Municipal Smart Governance Practices On and Off Line
To help Latin American municipal governments use information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance accountability to citizens. The program also seeks to improve local governance processes as well as promote engagement and knowledge sharing between stakeholders on the use of ICT for democratic governance in Latin America. The Institute will conduct customized municipal coaching on ICT for governance and will facilitate discussion among stakeholders using regional events and its web portal.

International Republican Institute
Democratic Ideas and Values
$200,000
Increasing Substantive Political Discourse
To enhance Latin American political stakeholders' ability to communicate substantive public policy issues effectively to citizens. The Institute will organize workshops and consultations with political stakeholders in target countries to increase the use of effective communication techniques designed to promote substantive public policy recommendations about issues of importance to their electorates.

International Senior Lawyers Corporation
Human Rights
$80,000
Latin America and Caribbean Access to Justice Program
To promote rule of law and access to justice in three countries in the region- Bolivia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. ISLP will support local Haitian efforts to provide access to justice to the most vulnerable populations in the country. ISLP will also provide assistance to civil society organizations in the Dominican Republic working to protect the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent through education, case management, advocacy for citizenship rights, and monitoring of government actions affecting Dominicans of Haitian descent. In Bolivia, ISLP will address the pre-trial detention crisis by building skills for public defenders through training and mentoring.

Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, Inc. (REDLAD)
NGO Strengthening
$115,000
Effective Networks for Strengthening Democracy and Civil Society
To strengthen the role that civil society plays in defending democratic institutions and human rights throughout Latin America. The REDLAD will coordinate a series of training activities and publications designed to provide local activists with a better understanding of how they can promote democratic values both domestically and internationally. The REDLAD will also organize high level meetings, mainly with the OAS and IAHRC, to raise awareness about how civil society can better defend democratic institutions in the Americas. Lastly, the REDLAD will observe elections in three countries.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
$545,000
Strengthening Political Parties through Leadership Skills Building & Improved Party Practices
To strengthen communication practices of political parties and the leadership skills of their members in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. NDI proposes a program to increase the capacity of parties to respond to citizens by hosting multiparty training sessions, promoting information and communication technologies (ICTs) and co-sponsoring leadership skills building events.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
Supplement: $100,000
Strengthening Political Parties through Leadership Skills Building and Improved Party Practices
To strengthen communications, organizational and policy development practices of political parties and the leadership skills of their members in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The program is designed to increase the capacity of parties to respond to citizens by hosting multiparty training sessions, promoting information and communication technologies (ICTs) and co-sponsoring leadership skills-building events with university partners in each country.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Accountability
$226,062
Increasing Legislative and Political Transparency
To assist legislatures and political parties in Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay to address perceptions of corruption and lack of transparency. The project will integrate legislators, political parties and civil society groups into global transparency initiatives, and strengthen relationships and collaboration between these groups domestically. Technical assistance will be provided and regional exchanges facilitated to increase the capacity of participating legislatures to implement initiatives to increase transparency, and strengthen the ability of political parties to consider and incorporate mechanisms to improve transparency.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
$250,000
Virtual Toolbox for Democratic Innovators
To help make governments and political institutions more responsive to citizens, transparent and effective in delivering results. NDI will continue to support a "virtual tool box" or portal for innovators from the region. Through regional workshops, the use of information communications technology (ICT) tools and a virtual classroom, materials and methodologies will be shared addressing organizational and parliamentary strengthening, advocacy, policy making, transparency and constituent relations.

RESDAL Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina Asociación Civil
Accountability
Supplement: $20,000
Strengthening Institutional and Civilian Capacity in the Security and Defense Sectors
To foster collaborative research and policy-making for citizen security in Central America. RESDAL will continue to update its "Citizen and Public Security Index". RESDAL will compile information related to Belize and will work to strengthen linkages between its network members through its extensive listserv, website updates and various regional events. RESDAL will also seek to strengthen its network of defense, security and democracy activists, and to develop a new cadre of civilian experts on defense and security.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$390,000
Trade Union Strengthening in Colombia and Venezuela
To support union and civil society partners in Vennezuela to promote a national platform in defense of fundamental worker rights, particularly freedom of association. The platform will be promoted at worksites and communities by a new, broad coalition of representative union expressions and academic and human rights organizations. In Colombia, the Solidarity Center will support union partners to advocate for the rule of law through the strategic application of new legal protections specifically for the protection of freedom of association. Test cases will be developed to establish legal precedents and jurisprudence in the application of the new legal protections.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$541,910
Sectoral and Thematic Strategies to Promote Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
To increase the capacity of national unions and federations in the telecommunications and construction sectors to better organize and represent marginalized workers; improve regional coordination of manufacturing, mining, and biofuels sector unions to facilitate sharing of best practices and construct supranational social dialogue processes; develop regional union strategies to overcome racism in the workplace, and better integrate Afro-descendant workers into democratic union structures through support for labor educators, international union exchanges, and sector-based research.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$515,000
Trade Union Strengthening in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru
To defend labor rights at the workplace and policy levels. The objectives of the project are to consolidate a core group of worker leaders in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru involved in building a representative labor movement and greater respect for labor rights; and to strengthen union capacity to advocate for workers' priorities in policy reform and labor rights enforcement efforts in the South Andes sub-region. The project approach reflects differences in national realities, with a focus on maintaining viable unions and safeguarding the exercise of minimum labor rights in Ecuador, expanding and demanding greater space in Bolivia, and using the relative stability in Peru to nurture social dialogue and collective bargaining, all of which will generate positive examples for their peers in the sub-region.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Supplement: $119,100
Trade Union Strengthening in Colombia and Venezuela
To support union and civil society partners in Vennezuela to promote a national platform in defense of fundamental worker rights, particularly freedom of association. The platform will be promoted at worksites and communities by a new, broad coalition of representative union expressions and academic and human rights organizations. In Colombia, the Solidarity Center will support union partners to advocate for the rule of law through the strategic application of new legal protections specifically for the protection of freedom of association. Test cases will be developed to establish legal precedents and jurisprudence in the application of new legal protections.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Supplement: $20,901
Sectoral and Thematic Strategies to Promote Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
To increase the capacity of national unions and federations in the telecommunications and construction sectors to better organize and represent marginalized and precarious workers. The program will also improve regional coordination of manufacturing, mining, and biofuels sector unions to facilitate sharing of best practices and construct supranational social dialogue processes. Additionally, the program will develop regional union strategies to overcome racism in the workplace, and better integrate Afro-descendant workers into democratic union structures through support for labor educators, international union exchanges, and sector-based research.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Supplement: $60,000
Trade Union Strengthening in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru
To contribute to unions' democratic role in labor rights defense at the workplace and policy level. The objectives of the project are to consolidate a core group of worker leaders in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru involved in building a representative labor movement and greater respect for labor rights; and strengthen union capacity to advocate for workers' priorities in policy reform and labor rights enforcement efforts in the South Andes sub-region. The project approach reflects differences in national realities, with a focus on maintaining viable unions and safeguarding the exercise of minimum labor rights in Ecuador, expanding and demanding greater space in Bolivia, and using the relative stability in Peru to nurture social dialogue and collective bargaining, all of which will generate positive examples for their peers in the sub-region.

The Trust for the Americas
Strengthening Political Institutions
$80,000
Promoting Democratic Political Reform in Latin America
To raise awareness of recent political reforms in Latin America, and of the available tools and mechanisms to improve reform outcomes. Trust for the Americas will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between OAS member states and relevant players on issues of political reform through regional meetings and publications. The Trust will provide technical and political support and cooperation for member states and key stakeholders to encourage improved democratic political reform processes.

Grant descriptions are from the 2014 NED Annual Report.