Latin America and Caribbean Regional

Asuntos del Sur
Democratic Ideas and Values
$58,136 (Supplement: $3,000)
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 interview dynamic youth leaders from around the region and with the input of key youth leaders will update and improve its guide on high-impact, low-cost innovation in democracy projects. ADS will use its guide to conduct trainings in four new countries, to include Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela. In addition, ADS will maintain its virtual platform for youth leaders, foster the sharing of effective new tools and projects ideas, and assist experienced youth leaders in acting as mentors for new youth leaders.

Center for International Private Enterprise
Developing Market Economy
Dialogue on Democracy 
To encourage debate on democratic and economic themes by employing social media and new information technologies to reach new audiences. CIPE will continue to support offering greater interactivity among users in order to expand diffusion of and deepen discussion of unbiased information on the importance of democratic institutions, public dialogue, and sound policies that include input of key actors from throughout the region. 

Center for Justice and International Law
Human Rights
Promoting Human Rights in the Northern Andean Region
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. Center for Justice and International Law (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. As a part of its trainings, CEJIL will provide information on the 2013 IAS reforms and the new rules and procedures in effect.

Due Process of Law Foundation
Human Rights
$125,869 (Supplement: $20,000)
Strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System
To facilitate civil society participation in the Inter-American Human Rights System by monitoring and reporting on reform efforts and representing civil society’s views and priorities; and to promote the use of legal and institutional mechanisms to address conflicts related to extractive industries. Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) will monitor and report on the implementation of the approved IACHR reforms, and voice civil society’s concerns and priorities. It will also engage the media to promote greater coverage of and build citizen support for the IACHR. Finally, it will continue to accompany Andean civil society organizations in their advocacy efforts to resolve conflicts related to extractive industries at the international level.

Fundacion Nacional para el Desarrollo
Democratic Ideas and Values
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.

Fundacion Poder Ciudadano
Political Processes
Identity Documentation and Electoral Processes
To promote transparency mechanisms in identity document systems for the free exercise of the right to vote in several Latin American countries. Poder will build upon previous research and conduct in-depth reviews of the main weaknesses and barriers to access to identity documents and their impact on the right to vote in up to seven additional target countries.. In collaboration with local civil society organizations, Poder will design and carry out extensive national and regional advocacy campaigns for the adoption of the minimum transparency standards and will build an informal regional network of organizations prepared to continue monitoring and advocacy work around identity documentation and voting rights.

Global Rights - Partners for Justice
Human Rights
Strengthening the Capacity of Afro-Descendant Women to Promote their Rights at the OAS and UN 
To increase the ability of Afro-Latino women to defend their rights before the Organization of American States and the United Nations.  Global Rights will train program participants on how to document human rights violations and develop strategies that promote greater international attention to the plight of Afro-descendant women in Latin America.  Global Rights will also help activists engage the many offices at the OAS and UN that are dedicated to defending minority and gender rights in order to prompt greater action by the key multilateral institutions engaged in the region.

Instituto de Defensa Legal
Democratic Ideas and Values
$60,000 (Supplement)
Raising Awareness about the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights 
To increase journalists’ understanding and support for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). With supplemental funding, IDL will train journalists in three countries on the workings of the IACHR and the importance of international mechanisms for defending and promoting human rights in their countries. IDL will foster the publication of newspaper articles and the production of radio and television segments on the IACHR.

Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
Freedom of Information
Supporting Access to Information in the Andes
To promote, defend and advocate for freedom of expression in the Andean region. Working on behalf of the Andean Group of Freedom of Information (GALI), Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) will support the work of member organizations in the Andes, document cases of freedom of expression violations, and facilitate dialogue and exchange on issues of common concern. GALI will produce an annual report with systematized information on the state of freedom of expression, and will disseminate it information to like-minded organizations in the region and abroad.

International Center for Journalists, Inc.
Freedom of Information
Strengthening Investigative Reporting and Transparency in Mexico and Central America
To strengthen investigative reporting and transparency in Mexico and Central America. International  Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will select 15 newspaper editors from Central America and Mexico for a series of trainings on cross border and transnational investigative reporting on organized crime and other issues of relevance. ICFJ expects to create a network of editors and reporters working on these issues and will mentor selected investigative journalism projects. 

International Republican Institute
Democratic Ideas and Values
Support the Magazine Perspectiva to Encourage Mainstream Public Debate on Issues and Magazine Sustainability
To promote a more aware and engaged Latin American public. The Institute will continue to assist the development of a sustainable and locally owned regional media platform that provides regional political and economic analysis that is accessible and appealing to a general audience.

International Republican Institute
Democratic Ideas and Values
Sharing Regional Lessons Learned in Latin America
To develop the ability of political and civil society actors in the region to work on national, issue-based agendas for their respective countries using lessons learned and best practices from successful counterparts. IRI will facilitate an exchange of experiences between stakeholders in three countries in the region and will carry out a series of tailored activities to adapt best practices to local contexts.

Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, Inc.
NGO Strengthening
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 LACND 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 LACND 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. Last, the LACND will observe elections in three countries.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
Virtual Toolbox for Democratic Innovators
NDI will continue to support a "virtual tool box" or portal for innovators from the region as they work to make governments and political institutions more responsive to citizens, transparent and effective in delivering results.  Through regional workshops and 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.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Strengthening Political Institutions
Strengthening Political Parties through Leadership Skills Building and the Use of ICTs
To meet the challenge of poor representation by political parties in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, NDI will increase the responsiveness and accountability of political parties through leadership skills building and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs will include the implementation of municipal and congressional monitoring web platforms as well as an internal communication technology tool for political parties.

Red de Seguridad y Defensa de America Latina Asociacion Civil (RESDAL)
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 also 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
Protecting and Expanding the Democratic Rights of Migrant Workers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti
To protect and expand the fundamental rights of Haitian migrant workers in the Dominican Republic, the Solidarity Center program will strive to educate and empower Haitian migrant workers and their descendants to exercise their labor rights under Dominican law; strengthen the capacity of Dominican and Haitian unions to advocate for respect for the democratic rights of migrant workers and promote their participation in democratic union processes; and improve access to justice for migrant workers and their descendants who are denied fundamental labor rights under Dominican law.

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Trade Union Strengthening in Colombia and Venezuela
To promote freedom of association in the face of shrinking civil society space in Venezuela in which the Solidarity Center will focus on building representational and advocacy skills of unions and worker rights coalitions.  In Colombia, the Solidarity Center project will work with unions to enhance the rule of law through strategic application of new legal norms and mechanisms intended to improve compliance with core labor standards. 

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Trade Union Strengthening in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
To promote freedom of association in the Southern Andean Region in which the Solidarity Center will strengthen the leadership, representation, and advocacy skills of Bolivian, Ecuadorian, and Peruvian union activists and will strengthen networks and regional efforts between public sector unions to promote social dialogue and more diverse representation in policy reform and labor rights enforcement efforts. 

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
Sectoral and Industrial Strategies to Promote Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
To strengthen the capacity of national-level union federations in the telecommunications and construction to represent marginalized workers; and to improve the regional coordination of Central and South American unions in the telecommunications, mining, and hospitality sectors to facilitate the sharing of best practices regarding the representation of workers hired under precarious forms of contracting, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining, social dialogue, and community relations.

Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.