To promote a human rights culture within Syria. The program will produce and distribute a journal on human rights, and document cases of human rights victims.
International Republican Institute
To support Syrian political leaders and democratic coalitions during the transition process. IRI will conduct one national poll and four targeted surveys followed by a series of ongoing poll presentations, targeted individual consultations, and mediated discussion groups to ensure that poll data is used to inform decision-making and help advance a unified democratic agenda reflective of public needs and concerns.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
To assist the Syrians in identifying common priorities, integrating local communities into democratic leadership and transition planning, and developing a transition strategy that sets out a clear agenda for democratic change. NDI will assist community organizers to conduct outreach to local communities, identify the main domestic priorities to be addressed, and communicate that information to opposition leadership.
Network of Democrats in the Arab World
To build the capacity of a nascent network of civil society groups. NDAW will organize and conduct eight three-day workshops that bring together staff and volunteers from a network of civil society partner organizations on media, human rights, and policy formation.
To strengthen adherence to civil rights in a post-transition Syria. NI will lead three one-day roundtables where activists will discuss details of a transition and to make recommendations. Each roundtable will be informed by original research.
Samir Kassir Foundation
To enhance the skills of young citizen journalists in conflict. SKF will develop content for 20 instructional videos. Each two-three minute video will provide hands-on training to journalists to report on local developments throughout the country. Specific topics will include accuracy and credibility of citizen journalism, safety of citizen journalists in times of trouble, reporting during armed conflict, and mobile journalism. SKF's project coordinator will provide one-on-one mentoring and assistance to practicing citizen journalists as they use skills in daily reports.
Grant descriptions are from the 2012 NED Annual Report.