Ethiopia 2020

Advancing Human Rights Implementation

Lawyers for Human Rights

$110,545

To build lawyers’ capacity to protect human rights and address gaps in domestic human rights implementation. LHR will build lawyers’ capacity to protect and advance human rights and the rule of law, research and make recommendations on ongoing human rights issues in the country, and train political parties on how to peacefully resolve potential electoral disputes.  

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Advancing Human Rights Implementation

Lawyers for Human Rights

Supplement$19,685

To build lawyers’ capacity to protect human rights and address gaps in domestic human rights implementation. The organization will train Ethiopian lawyers on human rights standards and strategic litigation, conduct independent research, and convene stakeholder consultations on key legal reforms. The organization will establish an independent office in Addis Ababa. 

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Conflict Mitigation among Ethiopian University Students

Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy

Supplement$9,120

To strengthen youth-focused programming, the organization will hold a meeting of youth and youth-focused organizations to map current programming, identify and address challenges, and plan for new and increased youth political participation programs. To organization will invite Sudanese youth activists and civil society organizations to provide a comparative case study. 

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Defending Freedom of Association

Solidarity Center (SC)

$190,000

To expand and strengthen democratic labor relations in Ethiopia’s garment and textile sector. The center will use research, workshops, and exchanges to introduce Ethiopian partners to best practices from the Americas and Asia in promoting freedom of association in a newly emerging private sector. The activities also will build cross-regional solidarity. 

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Expansion of Addis Standard Magazine

Jakenn Publishing PLC

Supplement$5,000

To promote in-depth political and socio-economic understanding and analysis through the news magazine Addis Standard. The organization will hire security guards for its main office and trusted drivers to support its reporting staff to travel the country to report on and feature analysis of human rights, social justice, and rule of law issues and produce pieces on public policy issues and current affairs across the country.

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Human Rights Advocacy and Protection during COVID-19

Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia

$61,020

To advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights in Ethiopia. The organization will monitor Ethiopia’s human rights situation and conduct an advocacy campaign to prevent democratic backsliding during the COVID-19 pandemic and State of Emergency. The organization will conduct advocacy trainings for other Ethiopian human rights organizations and defenders.

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Increasing Youth Engagement in the National Dialogue

International Revival Ministry (IRM)

$44,416

To increase youth participation in the national dialogue and election preparations. The organization will convene key youth activists from across the country to engage in stakeholder meetings to discuss and present youth priorities for the national dialogue. It will organize pre- and post-election youth activist meetings to discuss strategies to prevent election related violence and ethnic conflict.  

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Inculcating Respect for Human Rights among the Police

Peace and Development Center

$103,155

To equip police forces in the Oromia Regional State with the knowledge of constitutionally-protected human and democratic rights and the responsibilities of police during peaceful protests, local conflicts, and other election-related issues. The organization will conduct workshops on police forces’ responsibilities toward human rights and the electoral process in Oromia Regional State.

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Media as a Tool for Youth Democratization and Peacebuilding

Roha Media & Communication Centre

$48,220

To combat disinformation, foster social cohesion, and support youth engagement. The organization will produce a youth-focused weekly radio program and develop a multi-media platform providing accurate and timely reporting political and social developments in Ethiopia. The organization will collaborate with youth-focused organizations and stakeholders to identify issues for and participate in its radio show and multi-media platform talk shows. It will  report on current events, interview youth leaders and public officials, and feature investigations that focus more closely on a specific issue.

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Mobile Journalism

Seba Dereja Media and Communication PLC

$56,520

To enable informed citizen discussions and support human rights, accountability, and social cohesion through independent media. The organization will develop and hire journalists nationwide for its mobile journalism project. The journalists will report on the country’s opportunities, challenges, the local impact of national policies, local politics, and cross-cultural and regional issues.

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Online Youth Community for Peace and Democracy

Center for Development and Capacity Building

$42,125

To increase the capacity of Oromo youth social media activists to advance peace, social cohesion, human rights and democracy in Oromia regional state and the country. The organization will train and support Oromo youth social media activists to develop online campaigns and forums to increase youth political participation, raise youth concerns, and advance peace and democracy in the lead-up to, during, and after national elections.

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Promoting Conflict Sensitive Civic Engagement among Youth

Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy

$83,870

To build the capacity of politically active youth to create and lead democratic, conflict sensitive, and grassroots civic associations. The organization will train youth in targeted ethnically-divided universities and cities to organize conflict sensitive civic engagement campaigns and formalize democratic and grassroots civic associations to counter ethnic divisions, promote democratic cultures, support youth political participation and promote respect for dialogue, democracy, and human rights.

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Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in High Schools of Hawassa

Center of Concern

$65,344

To promote a culture of democracy and human rights in schools. The organization will host a democracy and human rights promotion campaign, organize democratic citizenship clubs, and facilitate dialogues within and between 10 high schools in Hawassa town to equip students with the skills to avert and defuse ethnically motivated conflict.

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Promoting Rule of Law and Democratic Values

Democratic Ideas and Values

Supplement$39,675

To promote a culture of civic and informed public dialogue. The organization will facilitate a series of TV debates with youth, political party leaders, government officials, academics, CSO representatives, subject matter experts and other influential leaders to debate weekly topics related to current political, peace building, good governance and human rights challenges.

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Supporting and Strengthening the Civil Society Resource Center

African Civic Leadership Program, Ltd

$92,070

To contribute to the sustainability of civil society. The organization will strengthen its Civil Society Resource Center to provide training, resources, and working space for emerging and low-capacity civil society organizations. The organization will train civil society members on legal compliance, reporting standards, best practices, and on new regulations and directives. 

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Supporting Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition through Independent Reporting

Wazema Ethiopia

$97,700

To promote civic dialogue and provide in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities for democracy in Ethiopia through quality independent media. The organization will produce radio programs and online podcasts of national affairs in the country. It will hire additional reporters to be stationed countrywide to cover the national elections in 2020. 

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Supporting Media Reform in Ethiopia

MERSA Media Institute

$49,770

To support the reform of Ethiopia’s media sector regulatory infrastructure. The organization will conduct research on comparative regulatory infrastructure and issue recommendations, convene governmental and media stakeholder meetings to develop shared recommendations for regulatory directives shaping implementation of Ethiopia’s new media law, and hold a meeting between governmental and nongovernmental media regulatory bodies’ representatives on self-regulation.

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Supporting the Rebuilding of Ethiopia’s Rights-Based CSO Sector

Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations Forum

$46,454

To create an enabling environment for and contribute to the re-building of existing and emerging rights-based civil society organizations (CSOs) in Ethiopia. The organization will train CSOs on the new CSO law, organize a dialogue between rights-based CSOs and government officials, and produce mass media spots to demonstrate their positive contributions to Ethiopia.

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Supporting Women Journalists in Ethiopia

Civil Rights Defenders

$110,111

To build the capacity of women journalists and strengthen their voices in the media. The organization will conduct trainings on human rights, digital security, and professional media standards and tactics. It also will build the capacity of the women’s journalists association to revitalize networking and solidarity and strengthen their voice in the media.

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Trade Union Strengthening Phase IV

Solidarity Center (SC)

$750,000

To increase the capacity of workers to defend their rights and achieve decent work in Ethiopia, The center will provide training and mentoring in rights-based organizing to its trade union partner, the Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions. To complement these efforts, The center will assist the partner in developing strategies to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, in the existing structures. In addition, The center will assist its partner in empowering workers and community activists to participate in democratic practices through civic education.

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Trade Union Strengthening Phase IV

Solidarity Center (SC)

Supplement 183,300

To increase the capacity of workers to defend their rights and achieve decent work in Ethiopia, the Center will provide training and mentoring in rights-based organizing to its trade union partner, the Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions. To complement these efforts, the Center will assist the partner in developing strategies to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, in the existing structures. In addition, the Center will assist its partner in empowering workers and community activists to participate in democratic practices through civic education.