To strengthen women's leadership in combating corruption. The project will engage local women leaders in monitoring local government, and leading local media and legal committees targeting corruption. The local committees will produce four issues of a quarterly newsletter on corruption issues.
To strengthen citizen monitoring of and engagement with local government. The project will build the capacity of three popular committees to serve as a link between their communities and local decision-makers. The committees will hold a series of six awareness raising sessions for their communities and organize quarterly hearings in order to communicate community priorities to local decision-makers.
To promote transparency and accountability of local government and to engage citizens in advocacy for a participatory, transparent and accountable budgeting process at the local level. The project will monitor local government and budgeting processes, form youth committees to serve as community organizers, publish two bi-annual monitoring reports, and organize a series of public forums.
To promote greater accountability and transparency of the Egyptian national budget. The project will produce an analysis report on Egypt's national budget, lead advocacy campaigns aimed at creating a more transparent national budgeting system, and publish three policy briefs on recommendations for budget reform priorities that emerge from the organization's report.
To promote transparency and accountability and engage civil servants and local community leaders in combating corruption. The project will lead 15 training workshops on confronting corruption at the local level and disseminate information on corruption in Egypt through online tools and print publications.
To promote community engagement in education reform and monitoring. The project will lead three training workshops and six seminars, and publish a quarterly newsletter to support the formation of community groups that monitor and advocate for improved education policy and performance in their communities.
To promote accountability and transparency of the Egyptian parliament and other interim legislative entities through public participation in the legislative process, to connect national policymaking with grassroots priorities, and to support and sustain a coalition of provincial CSOs. The project will field parliamentary observers, produce quarterly monitoring reports, hold 12 seminars on proposed legislation, and work with a NGO coalition to lead citizen engagement efforts.
American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To strengthen the growing movement of independent trade unions and their ability to defend the rights of workers and to advocate for a legal environment that protects the fundamental rights of all workers. ACILS will support the efforts and abilities of labor support organizations in drafting and lobbying for legislation to help workers, improving the use of media by unions, and developing macroeconomic positions in line with the needs of workers.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To assist a broad-based group of opinion leaders and stakeholders to raise the profile of urgent institutional reform priorities for Egypt's transition to democracy, and to strengthen the organizational capacity of select business associations to more effectively represent their members and communities. CIPE will convene a monthly democratic reform dialogue among national stakeholders and facilitate a pilot Regional Reform Agenda among stakeholders in Upper Egypt.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To build consensus on the reform priorities of Egypt's business community and to raise public awareness of the democratic and market institutional reforms. CIPE will work with local partners to survey small and medium sized firms, hold a series of policy reform roundtables, and produce an SME Reform Agenda. Additionally, CIPE will conduct a strategic communications training program for its local partners.
To strengthen a cadre of young activists to educate voters on electoral processes for national and local level elections. The project will partner with ten CSOs and train 100 youth activists to lead voter education campaigns by distributing pamphlets, holding seminars, and organizing public educational and cultural events.
To promote greater transparency and youth engagement in the legislative process and enhance use of new technologies for civic engagement by activists in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. The project will create an online legislative forum where youth read, comment, and vote on legislation proposed in parliament. The project will also host eight, month-long internships for activists from the MENA region.
To enable youth activists to cooperate and develop coalitions and to strengthen training and organizational capacities. The project will train 120 young activists in six regions to engage in community organizing and campaigns.
Democratic Ideas and Values
To support civil society's active engagement during Egypt's transition process. The project will lead a series of 24 half-day policy seminars on timely topics related to the transition. Researchers will also publish 20 policy papers around seminar topics. Publications will be disseminated to policy-makers and other stakeholders.
Freedom of Association
To strengthen women’s leadership and participation in the decision-making process within professional associations. The project will coordinate with four diverse professional associations to establish a women’s professional association network which will empower women from across professional sectors. The project will lead four training workshops for network leadership, and eight consultative sessions for target professional associations.
Freedom Of Information
Supporting Journalists through Legal Aid, Training and Advocacy
To support the development of local media as well as promote legislative and institutional reform of the media sector in Egypt. The project will provide targeted training, technical support and legal assistance to Egyptian journalists, and conduct an advocacy campaign aimed at promoting the inclusion of regional journalists in reform and advocacy efforts.
To support the development and improve the quality of electronic journalism. The project will train 60 local electronic journalists in professionalism, create an online platform for media coverage of Upper Egypt, produce quarterly reports assessing media coverage of the region, and organize a roundtable discussion with media managers to advocate for greater space and support for covering local issues.
To strengthen young media professionals’ ability to provide independent and objective coverage and investigative reports on political, social, and cultural issues and to promote greater media freedom. The project will lead six training workshops for 120 youth in professional media skills in which trainees will produce six online radio and six video reports, and form a legal team to defend freedom of expression.
To strengthen women's participation and leadership. The project will hold five training courses for women cadres to prepare them to compete for leadership positions. The project will also organize a series of four public seminars to raise awareness of the importance of women's participation in public life.
To promote awareness of women’s rights and to strengthen women’s civic participation in Egypt during the transition period. The project will train and lead a network of volunteer groups in six governorates, hold a training workshop for journalists on women’s civil and political rights, and train 30 women leaders.
Strengthening Political Institutions
To strengthen the Egyptian parliament’s administrative and technical abilities. The project will formulate a strategic plan to guide parliamentary strengthening efforts, develop a parliamentary monitoring website, lead training workshops for parliamentary assistants, and organize a series of seminars focused on improving parliamentary performance.
To promote greater citizen engagement with local councils. The project will establish a forum for 70 community activists and leaders from seven governorates to convene, discuss key local priorities, and put forth recommendations related to local governance. The project will lead a series of nine forum discussions, produce a resource booklet on local government, and publish a final report with recommendations from forum participants.
Grant descriptions are from the 2012 NED Annual Report.