Regional: Africa 2021

Adamela Trust

Independent African Journalism


To promote independent journalism in Africa. To understand the information landscape in Africa. The organization will publish The Continent, a weekly digital newspaper including original written and audio reporting, analysis, and features written by a network of African journalists. It will also release a monthly column and conduct quarterly in-depth investigations on the role of public, private, and non-governmental actors’ roles in influencing information trends in Africa.


Adamela Trust

The Continent: Africa Reporting Project


To promote independent journalism in Africa. The organization will publish The Continent, a weekly digital newspaper consisting of original written and audio reporting, analysis, and features. It will build a network of freelance journalists and work collaboratively with regional media outlets to produce relevant, timely, and context-sensitive content from throughout Africa.


Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Strengthening Democratic Unity


To empower the African private sector with information, tools, and platforms to better adapt to the new trade regimes under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and to establish multi-stakeholder linkages and coalitions between AU, RECs, MSMEs, civil society and marginalized groups in order to enshrine democratic norms within the AfCFTA. The Center will commission studies on trade participation challenges for MSMEs, support underrepresented stakeholders to form inclusive coalitions, and participate in high level dialogues on the trade area’s operationalization and bolster AfCFTA information campaigns.


Institute for Young Women Development Trust

Promoting Young Women’s Political Participation


To strengthen young women’s political agency and leadership in Africa through cross-cultural learning, solidarity, and movement-building. The organization will host and support the development of an Africa-wide network to promote the participation and representation of young women in politics, government, and leadership positions. The network will formalize its membership structures and launch initiatives to promote the domestication of regional gender protocols and mentorship opportunities for aspiring young women leaders.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

African Ownership of Democratic Norms


To defend against further erosion of democratic norms and consolidate principles enshrined in the African Union’s Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, the Institute will support civil society-led campaigns to reclaim political space in three countries under democratic stress. Campaigns will seek to reclaim respect for rights and freedoms nationally as well as engage in cross-country advocacy with regional institutions and leaders to highlight citizen demands and expectations for advancing democratic norms. Program products would be shared with NED family partners to facilitate a more cohesive response to creeping authoritarianism on the continent.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

New Realities of African Election Observation II


To enhance the ability of African civil society to respond to new challenges to electoral integrity across the continent. The Center for Democracy and Development – Ghana and Yiaga Africa, supported by the Institute, will facilitate efforts by African citizen election observers to formulate, adopt and disseminate guidance for more systematic and comprehensive election observation. In recent decades, citizen observers have transformed African elections, often focusing on results verification using the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) methodology. Despite important gains, serious shortcomings during the pre-election period have increasingly compromised the overall integrity of elections. Building on consultations initiated in 2019, the partners will convene an in-person capstone conference bringing together citizen election observers from across the continent, as well as regional networks and other stakeholders, to collectively develop guidance to address the new reality of African elections. Following the gathering, targeted support will be provided to implement and raise awareness about those guidelines.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Southern And East Africa Regional Political Party Leadership Institute (PPLI)


To enhance the participation of young people in democratic politics and political party processes, the Institute would support selected youth political party members in Kenya and Zambia to navigate opportunities for participation in party decision-making processes and leadership. Through skills building, virtual training sessions, in-country gatherings, facilitated dialogues, self-led project initiatives, and a peer learning summit, the Institute would assist participants to implement initiatives that increase their visibility, voice and influence in party processes. The program would also complement the Institute’s NED-funded youth-focused programming in Malawi.


National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Southern and East Africa Regional: Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy for Accountability in Government Debt Financing


To strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) advocacy for transparency and accountability in government debt financing in southern and east Africa. The Institute will strengthen a network of information sharing among CSOs in four countries working on the issues and develop further analysis and advocacy on sovereign debt. The Institute’s partners will organize regular peer exchanges to share tools and guidance on advocacy related to debt financing and organize collaborative efforts to change regional or international approaches to sovereign debt. The Institute and two local partners will develop local advocacy activities to improve parliament and government accountability for releasing the terms and objectives of government loans.


Plateforme Francaise de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique (PLAAF France)

Strengthening Whistleblower Protections to Combat Kleptocracy in Africa


To strengthen legal support and protection measures for whistleblowers committed to combatting the corrosive impact of kleptocracy on democracy in Africa. The organization will improve its ability to create safe spaces for whistleblowers and foster collaboration between citizen movements and whistleblowers to reduce government corruption. The organization will reinforce its in-house capacity to conduct advocacy and information campaigns to highlight the effects of institutionalized corruption and advance whistleblower protection legislation to foster an environment in which whistleblowers can safely expose kleptocratic practices. In addition, the organization will support strategic litigation in several countries to ensure whistleblowers’ disclosures lead to accountability.


Solidarity Center (SC)

Promoting Trade Union and CSO Collaboration in Protecting Democratic Civic Space in Fragile Democracies Phase I


To strengthen trade union and CSO collaboration in protecting civic space, freedom of association, and information in Zambia and Nigeria; and to strengthen trade union and CSO transnational advocacy for internet freedom in Zambia and Nigeria. The Center will facilitate workers and community consultations, community dialogues, develop advocacy and outreach initiatives, including radio talk shows, radio ads, and social media messaging, all of which will increase public awareness, strengthen collaboration, and lead to improved advocacy efforts promoting the democratic civic space. This is the first phase of a multi-year strategic cooperation project anchored on collaborative, transnational advocacy for digital freedom, and freedom of association, and information.


Solidarity Center (SC)

Promoting Worker Voice in the Opening of Democratic Space



Solidarity Center (SC)

Strengthening the Voice of Labor in Trade Programs – Phase V


To promote inclusion of the voice of workers and their organizations in key trade processes in Africa and support their efforts to improve labor rights enforcement. In phase 5 of this project, the Center will facilitate virtual meetings of regional unions from East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa to analyze provisions under the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and arrive at consensus on the labor principles to advocate for inclusion in implementation agreements. Program participants will develop a strategic approach for advocacy, identifying civil society organizations for potential alliances. The Center will also provide legal support for union efforts in Kenya, Ghana, and Eswatini to document labor rights violations in export sectors that fall under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This documentation will be used for strategic litigation in national courts or to formulate positions to promote through participation in AGOA processes.


Stichting Zam-net

The Kleptocracy Project : Using Investigative Journalism to Counter Kleptocracy


To raise awareness on the impact of kleptocracy on democracy and to fight corruption through investigative reports. The organization will continue its work to analyze the complex networks that enable corruption and kleptocracy across the African continent. The organization will partner with likeminded organizations to produce stories analyzing the root causes of governance failures in Africa, in particular the networks both on the continent and abroad that protect kleptocrats and allow resource theft to erode public confidence in government institutions and propagate social injustice. The organization will establish a resource hub and virtual library to connect journalists with academics, policy makers, and other stakeholders to counter kleptocracy.